Early Education Journal

This journal publication is being transferred to the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, Division of Education at The University of Waikato.

We cannot yet provide you with a final date when the new journal website will be live but this will be advised on this website as soon as we know.

If you have any enquiries or wish to make submissions please contact: claire.mclachlan@waikato.ac.nz

Spring/Summer 2018 issue available now

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  • Editorial - Moving on. looking back (Sue Stover)
  • Letter frorn ... Samoa (Sarah Steiner)
  • "It is the best job in the world but" - Why e.c. teachers teach (peer reviewed) by Susan Bates
  • What do teachers need to know? - Brain development and high quality early learning environments (peer reviewed) by Linda Clarke and Tara McLaughlin
  • Assessment of as and for learning - The challenges of assessment terminology (peer reviewed) by Monica Cameron, Claire McLachlan, Peter Rawlins and Tara McLaughlin
  • Languages seen are languages used - The linguistic landscapes of early childhood centres by Leona Harris with Una Cunningham and Niki Davis
  • Governmentality of childhood - 'Freedom', 'Protection', 'Quality' by Michael A Peters
  • Student provocations - Skin colour, sexual exploration and inclusive quality by Nicole Pereira, Lauren Stuart and Tasha Taylor
  • Book review - Three educational collaborations - reviewed by Sue Stover

Early Education Journal back issues

View a selection of earlier Early Education Journals (pdf format).

Volume 64

Spring/Summer 2018

Editorial - Moving on. looking back (Sue Stover), Letter frorn ... Samoa (Sarah Steiner), "It is the best job in the world but" - Why e.c. teachers teach (peer reviewed) by Susan Bates, What do teachers need to know? - Brain development and high quality early learning environments (peer reviewed) by Linda Clarke and Tara McLaughlin, Assessment of as and for learning - The challenges of assessment terminology (peer reviewed) by Monica Cameron, Claire McLachlan, Peter Rawlins and Tara McLaughlin, Languages seen are languages used - The linguistic landscapes of early childhood centres by Leona Harris with Una Cunningham and Niki Davis, Governmentality of childhood - 'Freedom', 'Protection', 'Quality' by Michael A Peters, Student provocations - Skin colour, sexual exploration and inclusive quality by Nicole Pereira, Lauren Stuart and Tasha Taylor, Book review - Three educational collaborations - reviewed by Sue Stover

Volume 63

Autumn/Winter 2018

Editorial: "Open for change", New directions pending for early childhood sector and for Early Education, Letter from... Sweden, Otherwise he would have stopped playing: "How children support self-regulation during sociodramatic play (peer reviewed)", Anchoring an invited space on prac: "Learning to teach in low socioeconomic EC settings (peer reviewed)", Narrative fragments and the Code: "One teacher’s reflective work (peer reviewed)", Naming the early childhood professional: "Artefacts, childish pursuits and critical questions", Where are we headed? "Messages to the Minister", Book Reviews: "The 3P's of Kindergarten - Growing a kindergarten movement in Aotearoa New Zealand: Its people, purposes and politics", by Helen May and Kerry Bethell, "A history of faith-focused e.c.e. services - In the best interests of children by Cheryl Greenfield"

Volume 62

Spring/Summer 2017

Editorial: "Where were you in '96?", Letter from... Croatia, Updating Te Wh-ariki: "From the Minister of Education", 'Not business as usual' - Reflections on the 2017 update of Te Wh- ariki, Rainbow families: "How can Te Wh- ariki 2017 make a difference? (peer reviewed)", And the gifted child? - A textual analysis of Te Wh- ariki (peer reviewed), Bridging the gap: "From relationships to partnerships with parents", Book Review: "Provocations to last a lifetime" - A review of: The Sacred Urge to Play, by Pennie Brownlee with Kimberley Crisp

Volume 61

Autumn/Winter 2017

Guest editorial: 'Watch this space'; Qualification developments in initial teacher education and ECE, Letter from... Shanghai; Tiriti o Waitangi-informed teaching — A kindergarten case study; Unpacking picture books — Space for complexity? (peer reviewed); Tribute — Sa’afiafiga mo Iolesina Tagoilelagi; "My views have changed" — Graduating e.c. students calculate their bilingual bicultural confidence (peer reviewed); Cameras in early childhood settings — Preliminary findings from a small-scale study (peer reviewed); 'PISA' for five year olds? — A position paper on OECD plans for a global testing tool; Book review: Navigating language diversity Review of 'Teachers voyaging in plurilingual seas: Young children learning through more than one language'.

Volume 60

Spring/Summer 2016

Editorial: Sharpening Te Whariki?; Letter from... Manchester UK; The powerful possibilities of ePortfolios; Another letter from the Waikato; Quality assessment in early childhood; A reflection on five key features (peer reviewed); "Assessment in ECE is overwhelming at times" — Uncovering the challenges of assessing four year old children’s learning; Learning snapshots — Enriching assessment by investigating child and family perspectives about learning; "What's the next question"? A self-study in extending children's thinking (Peer reviewed); Love the place where you belong — Ecological identity in early childhood (Peer reviewed); In whose interests? Looking back – thinking forward.

Volume 59

Autumn/Winter 2016

Editorial: Looking backwards into the present; Letter from the Waikato; Finding the third space; Successful intercultural practicum (peer reviewed); Acknowledging Anne B. Smith; Bilingual children? Or just pre-schoolers learning English? (peer reviewed); Discourses at work; What shapes EC teacher identities? (peer reviewed); 'It underpins everything'; Critical thinking in e.c.e; Flexibilities and possibilities; Exploring teachers’ roles in children’s imaginative play; Book Reviews: Mentoring in early childhood education, Magic places: The adults’ guide to young children's creative art work.

Volume 58

Spring/Summer 2015

Editorial: Lives well lived; Letter from Palmerston North (and other places); Mahia ng-a mahi — Action for bicultural curriculum implementation (Peer reviewed); Time, space and curiosity — Cultural competence begins with oneself; The magic in teaching — Exploring teachable moments in early childhood practice; Futures education and metacognition — Shifting from teaching 'what' to learning 'how'; What are children's views on speciesism? — literature review and personal journeyManagement Matters: Reclaiming quality — Te Wh-ariki and the future of ECE in an open market; Stories of bonding and kindness — Dance with me in the heart (2nd edition); In praise of multimodal literacy — Ideas for play: Literacy; Play is not a sideshow — tribute to Brian Sutton-Smith; The courage to research — tribute to Judith Duncan.

Volume 57

Autumn/Winter 2015

Editorial: Change and continuity; A political advocate for quality e.c.e; Letter from Tauranga;Akobarn; Developing NZ-Sweden early years teaching-researching collaboration (Peer reviewed); Eyes-on learning; Very young children in art galleries and museums (Peer reviewed);Young children's well being; Regulations, policies and directions for research; Battling our way to collegial conversations; A 'community of inquiry' (Peer reviewed); Playing with children;The enduring message of Beverley Morris, CNZM;Book Reviews: The politics of inclusion; A review of 'Te Aot-uroa T- ataki: Inclusive Early Childhood Education: Perspectives on inclusion, social justice and equity from Aotearoa New Zealand'; Countering colonising narratives; A review of 'Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa New Zealand: History, Pedagogy, and Liberation'.

Volume 56

Spring/Summer 2014

Editorial: An EYE on collaboration;Letter from Vancouver;Exploring Ata —A journey to build a learning community at Lady May (peer reviewed);E-portfolios —Connecting parents, wha-nau and teachers in kindergarten communities (peer reviewed);Independence —An ethnographic study of e.c.e. in Japan and New Zealand (peer reviewed);Challenging early childhood socio-cultural contexts —The inclusion of children with Down syndrome (peer reviewed); Neoliberalism and the 'professional teacher' —The legacy of the ‘10 year strategic plan’ for e.c.e (peer reviewed);Re-visioning the relationships —Refracted understandings of partnering with parents in the early education space;Book Reviews: Crossing boundaries to build communities —Comparative early childhood education services: International perspectives;ECE and CSE: Reframing the relationship —Early childhood and compulsory education: Reconceptualising the relationship;Jack Shallcrass —1922-2014

Volume 55

Autumn/Winter 2014

Alternatives to the market model; Reclaiming collective democracy in early childhood education and care; The ECE SIG; A personal history of its origins, intentions and necessity; Going beyond cultural celebrations; Co-constructing learning in a multicultural setting; Extending children's thinking through schemas; A flurry of advocacy; The incomplete story of a proposal for an exemplary PG ITE for ECE; No one saw...; Resilience in the face of unethical practices; Keeping learning stories complex; A call for ongoing critique; Book reviews; The complexity and connectedness of EC teaching Nga- hurihanga ako ko-hungahunga; Teachers thinking in, with and through the Arts.

Volume 54

Spring/Summer 2013

UNCRC and rights based EC policy — How are we doing in New Zealand?; Kaupapa Māori assessment in early childhood education; The politics and complexities of infants and toddlers in childcare; Ethics of care as foundation for pedagogies of relationality; An ethic of creative practice — Talk about being an early childhood teacher!; What are working theories? — What should we do to support them?; Tribute to Dr Nicola Chisnall

Volume 53

Autumn/Winter 2013

Brief historical background on early childhood education teacher qualifications; Letter from... the Waikato; Future directions for Early Education; Adult-child sustained shared thinking — Who, how and when?; Change and challenge — EC teachers' professional learning and development; Getting to school on time — Planning for successful transitions; Families need to belong too — Building relationships from the very first contact; Kisses between paragraphs — Strategies to maintain wellness during the PhD journey; Consensus — In theory and practice; Book reviews: Te Whariki on an international stage, Assessing is more than learning stories.

Volume 52

Spring/Summer 2012

A tribute: Marie Bell; The inside-out professional — A framework for reflection and practice; Teachers thinking together about teaching; Playcentre as a professional system; Looking back and looking forward at self-review; 'Ka Hikitea' and e.c.e. — Reviewing for Te Ao Māori.

Volume 51

Autumn/Winter 2012

'That's me on the net!' — Children with special rights and ICT; Noticing the clumsy — An opinion piece; From a Chinese kindergarten — A personal journey; Our use of the ‘Planes of analysis' in educational research; Men in early childhood education; The resonances between Steiner and RIE.

Volume 50

Spring/Summer 2011

Centres of Innovation — Gaining a new understanding of reality; A palagi facilitator, a Samoan centre Lorraine Sands; Rethinking priorities — Making time for transformational conversations; Using Eportfolios for teacher registration; PD 'by the book'; Leveraging the benefits of professional learning; Ruahine teacher-researchers navigate a scholarship; The Taskforce reports: Designing policy for e.c.e.

Volume 49

Autumn/Winter 2011

Talking about earthquakes (and tsunamis); Morning circles at Arrowtown Community Preschool; Loss of Innocence — A mother's story; Community when and where it counts; Mindfulness in early childhood education; Parenting in changing cultural contexts; book reviews.

Volume 48

Spring/Summer 2010

A proposal to change from Learning Stories to Learning Notes; Promoting books at Wesley Kindergarten; The complexities of working with the families of children with special needs; Management matters: Managing the squeeze? Book reviews; The blessing for the second generation (a poem).

Volume 47

Autumn/Winter 2010

Seeking 'hard and soft' knowledge in a kindergarten's community of learners; Ecological sustainability within early childhood education; Building sustainable communities; Caring for Papatuanuku — Yesterday, today and tomorrow; Ako Ngatahi — Children, teachers and wha-nau learning together in a rural early childhood service; From the margins to the centre — Ngahihi experiences in privileging Te Ao Māori.

Volume 46

Spring/Summer 2009

Worth a closer look? Playgroups as community participation for parents and children; Me too! Teachers' interests as a curriculum resource; Children's drawing — Exploring the teachers' role; The Apple Tree — An authentic learning experience; Paparazzi or pedagogy? — A review of the literature about photography in assessment.

Volume 45

Autumn/Winter 2009

Researching Tiriti-based practice — A teacher's journey; Children reflect their teachers — Learning in 'Little Asia' kindergarten; Incorporating the spiritual dimension in early childhood practice; Wonder is an active process — ICT at Pukerua Bay Kindergarten; Taking another look at behaviour management.

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