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Vibrant Social Justice in EY Conference

Date / Time: 20 August 2016
Venue: S.G.01 University of Waikato

Opportunities for Social Justice in Early Years Education Conference

The Early Years Research Centre, led by Professor Linda Mitchell and Professor Margaret Carr, hosted a very successful conference on the 20th of August, for people who were interested in promoting opportunities for social justice in early years education practice and policy.

International keynote speaker, June McLoughlin, (pictured left) was well received and spoke on: Opening the Gates: Making a difference through school and community partnerships. This presentation focused on an integrated child and family centred community service model in a low income community in Melbourne and can be viewed on the link below.

Keynote Address by June McLoughlin from Doveton College, Victoria, Australia.

Professor Linda Mitchell (pictured right) presented with Robyn Gerrity and Amanda Bateman on Refugee families  in early childhood education: Constructing pathways to belonging and contributing while Professor Margaret Carr delivered the afternoon keynote address entitled: Children co-authoring their learning journeys: a pedagogy for social justice objectives. Professor Margaret Carr also presented with Amanda Bateman on Supporting children's personalised storytelling: Can objects do some of the work?

Other presenters from the University of Waikato included:

Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips: Families as decision makers: empowered rather than vulnerable.

Sara & Simon Archard: Voices of playgroup: Capturing migrant families' educational expectations and cultural identity through a supported playgroup in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Rosina Merry: Engaging Initial Teacher Education in ICT Appropriation (TEAM).

Associate Professor Sally Peters: Dancers, designers and dinosaur catchers: Exploring effective pedagogies for diverse young learners.

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