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.
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.
Tina Tacken, leader or the infant and toddler space at the AUT Childcare Centre, discusses how she balances Magda Gerber’s concept of respectful practice with the need to develop a rich language environment
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