A number of international approaches to early childhood education may offer a source of pedagogical and philosophical principles to guide teaching.
The early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki expects early childhood settings to weave a set of pedaogical and philosophical principles that are meaningful and relevant to their own context. Reviewing internationally respected educational approaches associated with key thinkers (Maria Montessori, Rudolf Steiner) or places (Reggio Emilia, Northern Italy), can provide some provocation for teachers’ reflection on pedagogy and curriculum design.
Approaches associated with Reggio Emilia, RIETM Montessori or Steiner education have some similiarities with the goals and aspirations of Te Whāriki.
While there is limited research evaluating these frameworks against outcomes for children in early childhood, some of the key features and guiding principles underpinning these approaches are based on robust research evidence.
"Early childhood perspectives are often overlooked in educational resource provision – it's fantastic to have our own information, which will help us cater for very young learners."
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