New He Kupu issue supports teachers to nurture inclusivity
The latest issue of He Kupu - Inclusive early childhood education: Pedagogy and practice offers teachers support on creating inclusive classrooms for an increasingly globalised and interconnected world.
The New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) peer reviewed e-journal looks in-depth at the broad spectrum of inclusion outlined in the New Zealand early childhood education curriculum, Te Whāriki.
This issue of He Kupu includes papers on diverse family backgrounds, disability, creating culturally and linguistically rich learning environments, navigating cultural barriers, global citizenship and communication between teachers and parents.
“The college’s vision in 2006 was to develop a critical, collaborative and informed community of ECE professionals with a New Zealand led voice. I still remember the first moments He Kupu was dreamed up… over a memorable latte with long time respected friend and colleague Associate Professor Te Tuhi Robust,” said NZTC Chief Executive Selena Fox.
“Then, as still today, Te Tuhi and our determination was to ensure different sector voices were given a platform to be heard – academics, practitioners, researchers, beginning students and college alumni. Today, we love to see the voices on our He Kupu stage. The latest issue absolutely achieves our objective, offering practical and relevant professional development.
“I encourage early childhood professionals to find some time in their busy days to read this issue and use it to support reflection on inclusivity at their centre. Communities are in a state of change and it’s important that every child and family feels included, supported and that their unique selves are celebrated.”