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Culturally responsive pedagogy in ECE

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Culturally responsive pedagogy in ECE

An overview of the research on culturally responsive pedagogy in ECE settings.

Principles for culturally responsive teaching in early childhood education

A closer look at the key principles underlying culturally responsive teaching in ECE settings.

How to support Māori children with culturally responsive teaching

Strategies for effectively supporting Maori children and whanau as Maori in ECE settings.

How to avoid a tokenistic or ‘tourism’ approach to diversity

How to ensure that your approach to culturally responsive practice is genuine rather than tokenistic.

How to support recently immigrated children and families with culturally responsive practice

Strategies specifically designed to help you work with children and families who are recent immigrants to New Zealand.

How to use a superdiversity approach to work with migrant families in early childhood care and education settings

Understanding superdiversity and what it means in an ECE setting

Understanding the families you work with: Reflective questions to uncover cultural differences

A set of useful questions to help you notice and understand the beliefs, values and practices of diverse families.


ECE webinar: Pepe meamea in the spirit of the collective – embedding Samoan indigenous philosophy in ECE for Samoan children under two

This panel discussion is based upon a two-year TLRI (Teaching and Learning Research Initiative) study that aims to develop New Zealand’s first Samoan indigenous framework for Samoan infant and toddler pedagogy in early childhood education

ECE webinar: Bicultural leadership and practice in ECE

This session with Deanna Niha, from an ECE centre in Whangarei, discusses how her centre approaches bilingual and bicultural education and leadership

ECE webinar: Superdiversity

Angel Chan and Jenny Ritchie in conversation with Vicki Hargraves about understanding and responding to superdiversity in ECE settings.

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Drawing on Samoan indigenous knowledge to support pedagogies for infants and toddlers

Key insights from our webinar with Jacoba Matopo, Salā Faasaulala Tagoilelagi-Leota, and Tafili Utumapu-McBride

Mana-inspired leadership for bicultural teaching and learning in ECE

Key insights from ECE leader Deanna Niha on bicultural practice and leadership

Integrating Te Tiriti o Waitangi with the superdiversity of ECE in Aotearoa New Zealand

Key insights from the webinar with Jenny Ritchie and Angel Chan on supporting and working with families from a range of cultural backgrounds in ECE settings.



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