Strategic thinking for early childhood education: 2011 and beyond

Date / Time: 27 July 2011
Venue: Museum Hotel, Wellington

Invitational seminar

Iram Siraj-Blatchford, Linda Mitchell & Margaret Carr
Iram Siraj-Blatchford, Linda Mitchell & Margaret Carr

Government policy analysts, academics researching in early childhood education, and early childhood organisation representatives were invited to attend a seminar Strategic thinking for early childhood education: 2011 and beyond on Wednesday 27 July at the Museum Hotel in Wellington.

The seminar provided a rare opportunity to hear from Professor Iram Siraj-Blatchford, Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education, University of London about lessons for policy makers from the large scale longitudinal Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education study in the UK. Iram’s work on combating disadvantage in the early years and characteristics of effective early childhood settings is of particular interest in the current policy environment.

Associate Professor Linda Mitchell discussed key findings for policy from the longitudinal evaluation of Pathways to the Future: Nga Huarahi Arataki.

Professor Margaret Carr outlined some of the key challenges for early childhood teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand calling on research in the early years to consider the role of a qualified teaching profession in implementing the national curriculum, Te Whariki.

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Presentations from the seminar:
Giving ALL children a chance to achieve (Iram Siraj-Blatchford)
Transforming practice: Policy lessons from an evaluation of the early childhood strategic plan (Linda Mitchell)