How do early childhood education settings become places where everyone involved is able to say they feel they belong? What kinds of questions about inclusion, social justice and equity might it be pertinent and productive to ask of contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand early childhood teachers and their practice? When, how and why might teachers intervene to address issues of injustice and exclusion that arise in the context of early childhood work? These are the kinds of questions explored in this book.
Addressing how teachers and policy makers can work for inclusion with diverse children and families, this book focuses on the development of positive attitudes to difference, diversity and inclusion. It suggests possible ways to reduce and eliminate barriers to learning and participation in early childhood communities. The authors interrogate notions of difference, inclusion and exclusion from the perspectives of Māori and cultural responsiveness, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and biculturalism, interculturalism, gender, sexualities, economic disadvantage, age, religion and disability.
“For teachers and teacher educators, this book will enrich their understanding of Te Whāriki and stimulate meaningful dialogue about inclusion, as well as help them implement change.”
Anne Smith, Emeritus Professor, University of Otago College of Education
“This book offers powerful ways of both understanding the dynamics of oppression and marginalisation as well as offering solutions at an individual teacher, centre and systemic level.”
Russell Bishop, Professor of Māori Education, University of Waikato