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Strengthening responsive and reciprocal relationships in a whānau tangata centre: An action research project

Researchers: Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips and Margaret Carr

Project Dates: 2007 - 2008

The aim of the project wass to investigate the teaching and learning at Taitoko Kindergarten in the light of the impact of the development of a Whānau Tangata centre.

Through action research the team addressed the teachers’ questions associated with teaching and learning as they implemented changes in response to establishing a Whāänau Tangata centre at the kindergarten as part of a Parent Support and Develpoment Contract.

Through semi-structured interviews with parents by parents, journals of initiatives, trialling different ways of documenting children’s, parent’s and whānau voices and the tracking of some case study portfolio’s data was gathered to evaluate and collaboratively critique and reflect on practice. 

Project outputs

Clarkin-Phillips, J., & Carr, M. (2009). Strengthening responsive and reciprocal relationships in a whanau tangata centre: An action research project. Wellington: Teaching and Learning Research Initiative. (PDF - 465.04 KB)

Clarkin-Phillips, J., & Carr, M. (2009). Strengthening responsive and reciprocal relationships in a whanau tangata centre: A summary. Wellington: Teaching and Learning Research Initiative. (PDF - 70.14 KB)

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