The Margaret Blackwell fellowship for 2016 has been awarded to Karine Te Kanawa.
Karine, Ngāti Maniapoto and Tainui, is an early childhood educator with a passion for Māori language revitalisation. She will use the fellowship to visit Hawaii to look at efforts across the education system to nurture the Hawaiian language. She plans to visit Hawaiian language preschools and hopes to gain insights into all aspects including self-review processes, learning and planning, and how the curriculum fits into the everyday life of the centres. She also hopes to observe Hawaiian language immersion programmes in primary and secondary schools. She will travel to Hawaii later this year.
Karine has a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and is pursuing a Masters in Education.
The fellowship is run by NZCER on behalf of a trust. It will run again in 2017. Applications will open on Monday, 20 February and close on Friday 31 March.
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.
For inquiries please contact NZCER communications manager Sarah Boyd