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Samoan indigenous philosophy and practice in ECE

Dr Jacoba Matapo from The University of Auckland, Dr Salā Faasaulala Tagoilelagi-Leota, Principal Analyst (Researcher) in the Ministry of Pacific People and former Chair and Director of SAASIA (Samoan ECE Association in NZ), and Dr Tafili Utumapu-McBride from Auckland University of Technology share insights from the second stage of their 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.

The second stage of the project was focused on supporting the implementation of Pepe Meamea across the ECE sector.

To help you navigate the webinar easily, there is a list of the key topics covered in the session below, including the time each was discussed. The key ideas discussed in this webinar are also shared in a short insight article.

Topics discussed in this webinar 

Times shown in minutes and seconds from the start of the video: 

4.25Aims of the Pepe Meamea research project 
17.20Key findings of the research  
29.20Fenū: Cultural mentoring between Samoan (Aoga Amata) and non-Samoan ECE teachers 
41.28Implications for teachers

Questions for exploring the key ideas from this webinar 

How do culture, language, family, and place contribute to your own sense of identity? Have you spent time exploring how these impact on your personal pedagogy? 

Have you explored and compared the finer understandings of concepts, such as the infant or toddler, or the family, across your teaching team? What aspects of culture impact your individual understandings? 

How confident are you and your team to share cultural understandings that impact pedagogy, even when different from mainstream pedagogies? How might you support each other to unpack and share cultural assumptions? 

How might you begin to talanoa with Samoan families about their understandings and aspirations for infant and toddler care? 

Further reading 

Please see our 2021 webinar, Embedding Samoan indigenous philosophy in ECE, here, or read the accompanying insight article

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