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NZ's first ECE academic journal celebrates 20 years of making research accessible

supporting research for 20 yearsResearch is vital to informing, guiding, and ensuring high quality policy advice, environments for children, ECE leadership, and educator practice.

This is why the ChildForum national early childhood organisation developed from its early days a strong capability for research and has kept its commitment to nurturing the growth of early childhood research through supporting researchers to make their work known through publication and dissemination.  

The NZ Research in ECE journal has this year been renamed the NZ-International Research in ECE in recognition of its international relevance and contributions. 

It was first published in 1997 by Dr Sarah Alexander and has had editors who have included: Dr Kathleen Liberty (University of Canterbury), Dr Helen Hedges (University of Auckland), Andrew Gibbons (University of Auckland), Kaye Cederman (Dubin), Sandy Farquhar (University of Auckland) and the late Judith Duncan (University of Otago).

This year marks publication of the 20th annual volume of research edited by Dr Wendy Boyd (Southern Cross University) and supported by an editorial board of NZ, Australian and international research advisers. 

As the first ever NZ published peer-reviewed early childhood academic journal it helped path the way for the development of early childhood education as an academic subject in NZ, giving practitioners access to local research and supporting new and established researchers to publish their work and get their work known.

To view the contents of the newly released 2017 Volume (numbers 1 & 2) and all past volumes, click here.

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