Early years enquiry research hub

Early years education research

The Early Years Enquiry Research Hub (EYE) aims to promote enquiry that expands opportunities for children in their early years to reach their full potential. Such enquiry is founded on respect for the rights, dignity, worth, and views of children.  The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is a foundation document for the activities of the group. EYE is an interdisciplinary forum for enquiry into children's issues in the early years.

Members of the EYE research hub are involved in collaborative writing, research, supporting early years education in the Canterbury region, and hosting regular events for professionals interested in early years education.

Members of the group are from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Canterbury Westland Kindergarten Association (Kidsfirst), Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa/New Zealand Childcare Association, New Zealand College of Early Childhood Education, CORE and the Ministry of Education.

Each year the EYE hub hosts THE GATHERING, a one-day event for teachers to talk together about investigating teaching and learning in the early years. 

Other activities have included hosting international visitors and their presentations, running one-day workshops, and establishing a reading group.

Joint writing and promotion of early years education in Canterbury has also been a recent initiative within the group.

Members

Student Members

With great sadness we wish to inform you of Professor Judith Duncan's passing.

Director

  • Judith Duncan PhD, BA, PGDA
    Professor of Education, University of Canterbury

The Gathering 2017

“Teachers Being Bold: Stories of Journeys’ with Māori and Pasifika”

The Gathering aims to promote enquiry that expands opportunities for children in their early years to reach their full potential. Such enquiry is founded on respect for the rights, dignity, worth, and views of children. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is a foundation document for the activities of the group.

Saturday 10th June 2017

Collaborative relationships with the Pacific

  • Presenter: Le’autuli’ilagi Taotua Malaeta Sauvao
  • Keynote: “Be bold with collaborative relationships”

This presentation will discuss what collaborative relationships with the Pacific means in theory and in practice, asks the question: How bold do we have to be to implement these relationships?

There will be interactive activities via a workshop format to help make “being bold with collaborative relationships with the Pacific” an embodied experience.

For registration enquiries

Contact stedadmin@canterbury.ac.nz 

Cost

$65.00 per person: includes all sessions, morning tea and lunch. Attendance certificates are available after the event. No cost for presenters (up to 2 presenters). Please include payment with registration. Registration closes 2nd of June 5:00pm (catering numbers are needed by this date). Numbers are limited so please register early. 

Register Now

Visit http://www.education.canterbury.ac.nz/research_labs/eye/registration.shtml and complete the form to register

For more information contact:

Benita Rarere-Briggs,  benita.rarere-briggs@canterbury.ac.nz 
School of Teacher Education, University of Canterbury
Private bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, NZ

Programme

 

8.15am - 8.50am

Registration: Whekī building
College of Education, Dovedale Ave

9.00am - 9.25am

Mihi whakatau and morning tea

9.30am - 10.30am

Keynote Presentation: Le’autuli’ilagi Taotua Malaeta Sauvao
Keynote: 
“Be bold with collaborative relationships”
This presentation will discuss what collaborative relationships with Pasifika people means in theory and in practice and asks the question: How bold do we have to be to implement these relationships?

10.35am - 11.25am

Parallel session 1 (Choose from one of the sessions outlined below)

11.30am - 12.20pm

Parallel session 2 (Choose from one of the sessions outlined below)

12.25pm - 12.55pm

Lunch

1.00pm – 2.30pm

Keynote Workshop

2.35pm

Closing address

This programme will be updated in due course

Parallel sessions

1. Weaving Pasifika cultures in a English-medium kindergarten

This workshop will show you how Pasifika cultures are woven throughout in the programme at Kisdfirst Kindergarten Hornby.
Aiga will highlight some experiences the kaiako and tamariki have been involved in;

  • A Samoan umu in our Kindy.
  • Celebrating Samoan Language Week in our Kindy and also with another Center.
  • Joining into the Fiafia Night with Primary Schools in the Hornby Community.

She will also ‘take you to’ some Pre Schoosl in Samoa and discuss the differences of Kindergarten life. During the session you will get the opportunity to taste some Samoan food.

2. Haere mai ki waho!

Donna McPherson from Tī Kōuka
Haere mai ki waho- come outside you all is a kaupapa that connects tamariki and whānau with the uiqueness of Aotearoa and each other.
The kaupapa is the waiata. The waiata is the kaupapa. Haere mai ki waho- come outside, Haere mai ki ako ako- Come outside to learn, Haere mai ki tākaro- Come outside to play, Haere mai ki aotūroa- Come outside to explore, Awhi mai awhi atu- connections.
This workshop will describe how I weave this kaupapa through my diverse roles including being an Early Childhood Kaiako at an All-day Kindergarten, founder of Haere Mai Ki Waho a nature playgroup and providing support for Kaiako in other Centres in session using the kaupapa of Haere Mai Ki Waho.

3. Exhibit title: ‘The Time is Now’

Kidsfirst Redwood:  This exhibit illustrates a journey toward culturally responsive pedagogy which demonstrates our team’s commitment as partners to te Tiriti. Our trip to Waitangi provoked us to reflect upon inclusion, equity, and authentic biculturalism, and how we, as practitioners, can empower ourselves and each other to challenge current beliefs and understandings.
Haere taka mua, taka muri; kaua e whai! Be a leader, not a follower!

Previous years - The 8th Gathering

The Gathering 2016 - Early Years Enquiry. Thinking Responsively: Doing Differently

The key note presenters were Keryn Davis, Ruta McKenzie and Munira Sugarwala, titled; Coconuts and cultural competence: Children’s working theories about identity, language and culture. Their keynote addressed their work emerging from a Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) project called Nurturing and encouraging young children’s identity, language and culture in the early years. The project explores children’s working theories about their own identity, language and culture and those of others, and builds on a previous Canterbury based TLRI project about working theories undertaken in 2009-10. The project utilises an innovative, collaborative ‘sister centre’ research partnership and is sited in two early childhood centres in east Christchurch: one Samoan Immersion (Mapusaga Aoga Amata) and one English-medium (North Beach Community Childcare Centre).

This address included some of the working theories of children (and the project team) from case studies and mini-projects that have developed over the first 18-months of this two year project. The session included examples of children’s growing cultural competence over time; what the team is learning from children’s working theories about identity, language and culture in action (including important lessons about opening coconuts); and working cross-culturally. 

Feedback from the day:

  • “The need to find ways to include Pasifika culture in our centre. Unpack the Education Plan with team at the centre”
  • “I really enjoy exploring other cultures. E.g. Samoan…”
  • “Pasifika plan and being culturally responsive, meeting new teachers and discussing the dynamics of teaching”
  • “Inspirational”
  • “It was very informative and provoking and challenging to hear the journeys that people have taken to gain understandings”
  • “Collegial discussion/catch-up wallowing is good, uncertainty is good”

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