Taking Te Whāriki to school - Let's do this NOW


Dr. Helen May provides an overview of the early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki in relation to the NZ Curriculum for schools, suggesting that in new political times and the demise of national standards, there is an opportunity to take the aspirations of Te Whāriki into the junior school. The 3 R’s enshrined in the principles of Te Whāriki - Responsive Reciprocal Relationships - are the central underpinning of learning and teaching for young children.

May is Emeritus Professor at University of Otago. She has spoken and published widely in the field of early childhood curriculum and the history and policy of early years education. She worked with Margaret Carr on the development of Te Whāriki, the first national curriculum guidelines for New Zealand and more recently with Margaret and Sir Tamati and Lady Tilly Reedy.

This talk was a part of Taking the Lead - Celebrating the Curricula in Wellington on 9, March, 2018

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