Re-thinking pedagogies: New immigrants in Aotearoa New Zealand early childhood settings
Arndt, S. (2014). Re-thinking pedagogies: New immigrants in Aotearoa New Zealand early childhood settings. In H. Hedges & V. N. Podmore (Eds.), Early childhood education: Pedagogy, professionalism, and philosophy (pp. 58–71). Auckland, New Zealand: Edify Ltd.
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This chapter examines the importance of teacher orientations towards immigrant children, families, and teachers in early childhood education settings in Aotearoa New Zealand. Informed by a critical literature review and analysis,I highlight the complexity of cultural “otherness”and some tensions, risks, and dangers of superficial, simple interpretations of curriculum aspirations and guidelines. I argue that an orientation towards committed, sensitive, and accepting engagements is required to promote ethical and just practices. Following this, I argue that critical attention must be paid to interpretations of policy documents and guidelines for practice, and that ongoing questioning of possibilities for socially just professional practices are crucial to support diverse immigrants in early childhood settings.
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