Publication Date June 2010
Äta Kitea te Pae – Scanning the Horizon, edited by Beverley Clark and Anne Grey, outlines the many diverse perspectives on early childhood teaching and learning in Aotearoa New Zealand and provides an overview of developmental theories. Each chapter in this book deals with one aspect of the early childhood landscape, while reflecting the perspectives of the various authors involved.
The text will be of relevance to all students training to be teachers in early childhood education. Teaching and learning are approached from a uniquely New Zealand perspective, which takes into account our multicultural environment, including Päkehä, Mäori and Pasifika.
Dr Beverley Clark holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Auckland. She is a Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of School (Academic) in the School of Education Te Kura Mätauranga at AUT University, teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She is also a registered teacher, has supported teachers with teacher registration and has many years of teaching practice in early childhood education contexts. Her research interests include aspects of language acquisition and learning, and her doctoral thesis focused on the self-talk of kindergarten children from diverse language backgrounds, a topic on which she has presented and published. Curricula, both from specific and broader perspectives, is another significant area of interest. Beverley is currently involved in two research projects: a collaborative project on the visual arts, and a critical look at what counts as significant and fundamental learning in teacher education programmes.
Anne Grey is Programme Leader in Early Years Education at AUT. She began her career in education by teaching primary school in Australia. Since moving to New Zealand, she has been involved in early childhood education, first in Playcentre with her own children, and then as a supervisor in community early childhood education centres. She has been a lecturer at AUT since 1997 where she teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She is also a Licensee of the University’s early childhood education centre. Her research areas are leadership and self-review in early childhood education. Anne is interested in all aspects of the education of young children, and in ways of empowering teachers to make a difference in their work. She has recently completed research on the impact that teachers’ personal philosophy has on their practice.