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NZ Early Childhood Research Conference, 2012



conference_2012.ken.presentingThe13th NZ Early Childhood Research conference was held 26 – 28th January 2012, in Wellington, NZ.  

The titles of presentations and presenter names are listed below.  

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Te Whāriki: Rhetoric and Reality
Dr Ken Blaiklock


Raising the Quality of Literacy Teaching
Associate Professor Claire McLachlan (Massey University)


Collective Storytelling for Teacher Professional Learning: A Research Journey 
Dr Louise Taylor (CORE Edn) & Julianne Exton (Kids Domain ELC)


Researching Children's Perspectives 
Cheryl Greenfield (Manukau Institute of Technology)


conference_2012.HaraldDependent on Dad: A Study on Solo Fathers with Small Children and its Implications for Practice
Harald Breiding-Buss & Mark Stephenson (Father & Child Trust)


Parental Involvement in Early Childhood Education among Chinese Immigrant and Non-Chinese Parents in New Zealand 
Qilong Zhang, Dr Louise Keown, & Dr Susan Farruggia (University of Auckland)


Issues for Teachers in Working with Indian Immigrant children in New Zealand Early Childhood Centres
Vijaya Tatineni (Open Polytechnic of New Zealand)


(Re)Viewing the Landscape Outside the Box: Increasing Student Success by Socioculturally Appropriate Support
Janet Moles, Bella Tanielu-Dick, Leautuli Sauvao, Suzanne Ryan, Vera Atiga-Anderson, Viv Browne, Shanali deRose, Jan Ferguson, Heather Fuimaono, Lucy Fuli-Makaua (Whitireia NZ Centre for Teacher Education)


Including Everyone in Early Childhood Education 
Thecla Kudakwashe Moffat (Te Wānanga o Aotearoa)


"Safe from the Start" for Children 0-5 yrs who have Witnessed Domestic Violence 
Nell Kuilenburg (The Salvation Army, Tasmania)


Perspectives of ECE Student Teachers from India 
Dr Lata Rana (NZTC)


Developing Autonomy in Students as 'Change Agents' through Undergraduate ECE Research 
Dr Bill Hagan & Lin Howie (Manukau Institute of Technology)


Characteristics of Optimal Spaces & Places in NZ Early Childhood Centres
Cheryl Greenfield (MIT)



Can we "do Pikler" in ECE: Self-soothing as a Teaching Strategy 
Helen Stewart MacKenzie (EIT)


A Qualitative Study of Sun Protection in Teacher–led Early Childhood Centres
Mary Duignan (Otago University)


Edible Gardens in Early Childhood Education Services
Anna Dawson (Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit)


Baking Soda and Vinegar: Exploring Scientific Literacy in Early Childhood
Karen Miller (NZTC)


Being Agreeable – Communication Among the Team of Adults who Plan a Child's Individual Programme
Lesley Dunn (Special Education, Ministry of Education)


Emotionally Intelligent ECE Teachers Supporting Children's Emotional Competence 
Maria Ulloa, Ian Evans & Linda Jones (Massey University, Wgtn)



conference_2012.CherylGreenfield'Children as Teachers': Creating Opportunities for Children to Share their Expertise with their Peers
Penny Smith (Massey University)



Less Talking more Walking – Gifted Education
Melanie Wong & Jens. J. Hansen (Manukau Institute of Technology & Woodhill Park)


"Can't Understand a Word he Says": What do Educators Know about the Impact of Communication Difficulties on Participation and Learning?
Jo Davies (Ministry of Education), Dr Thomas Klee (University of Canterbury) & Dr Elizabeth Doell (Ministry of Education)


Evaluation for Improvement: ERO and Self Review
Sandra Collins & Mary-Louise Stocker (Education Review Office)


Assessment Alternatives and Examples of International Practice
Ken Blaiklock (UNITEC)


Paid or Voluntary in Field Based Practicum: Does it Make a Difference?
Cheryl McConnell (Eastern Institute of Technology)


Unpacking Creativity within the Kindergarten Environment
Jo Dean & Keri Cheetham (Milverton Kindergarten, Ruahine Kindergarten Association)



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