Applications for the Margaret Blackwell fellowship for 2017 have now closed and the successful candidate has been selected.
The 2017 Margaret May Blackwell travel fellowship has gone to Roxy Burt, Head teacher at Arataki Kindergarten.
She is a passionate educator who will use the grant to visit Vanuatu to explore her culture and learn about linguistic diversity, research methodologies that are particularly relevant to Ni-Vanuatu culture, and the ingredients for making Vanuatu the 4th happiest place on the planet. She also plans to visit and make connections with staff at the newly opened Tauawaia Early Childhood Resource and Research Centre in North Efate, which provides field-based teacher training and research opportunities.
The fellowship is an annual award aimed at enabling people working in the early childhood field to study overseas.
Who is eligible?
It is open to current practitioners in the broad field of early childhood education in New Zealand. Those eligible to apply are:
- Teachers, supervisors and workers from all sectors of early childhood education
- Lecturers in appropriate disciplines in tertiary institutions.
- Ministry of Education personnel and those in an education agency, working in early childhood education.
The travel study fellowship is offered for the purposes of:
- Preserving the memory of Margaret May Blackwell as an early childhood educator of note.
- Promoting ongoing study and research of the development, practice, organisation, and philosophy of early childhood education;
- Providing opportunity to study in other countries, in areas of interest with relevance, national significance and benefit to New Zealand;
- Permitting people of calibre and expertise in the area of early childhood education to have the opportunity to travel and to study overseas.
The criteria for selection will include:
- Extent to which the area of interest is relevant to early childhood education in New Zealand. The applicant needs to provide a clear rationale for the choice of topic and country or countries.
- Extent to which the activities to be undertaken while overseas are worthwhile and relevant.
- Potential for benefit to the early childhood education sector in New Zealand, including quality of plans for dissemination.
- Applicant has relevant experience in the topic area and demonstrated ability to gain professional benefit from the fellowship.