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Volume 6, Issue 1, 2009

National Editorial Board and Editorial Committee


EDITORIAL

Parsimonious Motivations, Educational Dogmatism and Political Folly: Contextualizing Cuts to
Adult Community Education

PAUL ADAMS & JOHN O’NEILL

New Zealand has a long and internationally acclaimed history of Adult and Community Education (ACE). In the 2009 Budget, the National government signalled that it intended to cut the 2010 funding for adult and community education in schools from 16 million to 3 million dollars. These changes to ACE funding (and other cuts across the education system in general) signal a change in educational thinking at the highest levels ...

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

New Zealand ECE teachers talk about Te Whaariki
MARIT ALVESTAD, JUDITH DUNCAN AND ANITA BERGE

This article presents a group of nine New Zealand early childhood teachers’ understandings of aspects of their educational planning and practice related to the implementation of the national curriculum document – Te Whaariki. We discuss one of the research questions: What are New Zealand teachers’ understandings of learning, knowledge and strategies in their educational work with children and planning, and how is this related to the national curriculum? ....

An Exploration of Teacher Power and its Place in Negotiation as a Teaching Strategy in
Early Years

HELEN BERNSTONE

This paper considers the ‘balance of power’ teachers control within some teaching strategies used in problem solving within early childhood education (ECE) programmes. A model has been developed which connects three teaching strategies to a child’s three states of thinking; dependent, interdependent and independent. These are aligned with instruction, co-construction and negotiation ....

Briefing Paper: Men in Early Childhood Education
JULIE JONES

Male participation in the early childhood education (ECE) workforce in Aotearoa New Zealand is minimal. This concise briefing paper to the Minister of Education (which was part of a third year course assignment) discusses the advantages and disadvantages of increasing the number of male early childhood educators and addresses whether specific government intervention would be beneficial ....

 

COMPULSORY EDUCATION

Photovoice in the Middle: How our Students Experience Learning at School and Beyond
EMILY NELSON AND KATE CHRISTENSEN

In the Photovoice in the Middle Project we wanted to know more about the middle school students labeled ‘at risk’ as learners at school and beyond. The photovoice process is one way of bringing teachers and students together to share viewpoints and find out more about each other. More than this, the photovoice process itself seems to strongly engage students and stimulate insights about themselves and their lives ....

Establishing Control and Manufacturing Consent in Teachers’ Work
ROB GEORGE

Teaching is an individual act of one teacher in one classroom. It is also a collegial and collective endeavour. This article seeks to identify the structures of control and dynamics of consent and resistance at play in teachers’ work that results in the conversion of their labour potential into children’s learning. ....

 

TERTIARY EDUCATION

An Administrator’s (Mentors) Guide to the Beginning Teacher’s Needs
THOMAS G. RYAN

The beginning teacher encounters both problems and dilemmas that need to be dealt with in a manner that does not impede growth. They strive for success on a stage that is not their own yet this same stage is the focus of evaluative mentors who must interpret and record a great deal of each performance in order to judge the progress of the beginning teacher in a supportive manner ....

A Four Stage Process of Co-operative Teaching for Beginning University Teachers Meeting
First Year University Students

JOANNA KIDMAN AND KEN STEVENS

First year university teachers and first year students often share a common situation insofar as both are new to the university classroom in which they find themselves. Together they have to structure a pedagogical dialogue that is mutually effective, while teachers have to ensure that the course requirements are met by all participants. A four stage process of co-operative teaching can minimise these problems for first year university students ....

Through Others’ Eyes: Reflections of a Tertiary Teacher
NICKY DE LAUTOUR

This paper explores the impact that the process of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) has had on my professional teaching practice and the deep analysis of practice that occurred through the process. Using the Appreciative Inquiry methodology in relation to my teaching in a university has allowed me the space to chart the progress, journey and pathway of my teaching over a semester in a deliberate and thoughtful manner ....


 

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