What are we thinking about?
Early Years Research Centre submission on draft Aotearoa New Zealand Histories in the New Zealand Curriculum
This submission is a response to the draft Aotearoa New Zealand Histories in the New Zealand Curriculum, and is prepared by members of the Early Years Research Centre. The Early Years Research Centre at the University of Waikato is part of the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Education Research in the Division of Education. It includes scholars who have an active interest in one or more of three areas of research, with a focus on the early years. The ‘early years’ are defined as children aged 0 to 8 years, so the research is in early childhood centres and schools. The three research themes are pedagogy, policy and community connections.
Early childhood outcomes in Aotearoa New Zealand
During 2011 a Working Paper entitled ‘A document to inform policy from the Learning Outcomes Working Group of the ECE Research Policy Forum 2011’ was developed by a Learning Outcomes Working Group of the ECE Research Policy Forum. Margaret Carr led the writing of this document, and a matrix was developed with the following headings on the horizontal axis:
- Te Whāriki strands (and the Key Competencies in the New Zealand 2007 school curriculum
- Domains of mana and empowerment
- Learning in ECE is about:
- Whānau, family and children need to ask
- Strengthening the learning and realising potential: Teaching with strengthening the learning and realising potential in mind: affordances, formative assessments and follow-up will:
The headings in the vertical axis were the five strands of outcome in Te Whariki, and the aligned Key Competencies in the school curriculum.
In November 2012 this Working Paper became Appendix 1 in a Ministry of Education Working Paper entitled: ‘Strengthening the learning: outcomes in Aotearoa New Zealand Early Childhood New Zealand: Draft ECE Learning Outcomes framework. document to inform policy from the Learning Outcomes Working Group of the ECE Research Policy Forum 2011. The Working Paper included the original 2011 matrix. It also included the matrix as it might apply to literacy, developed in the Ministry of Education. This document is an ongoing discussion paper.