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Kia tau te rangimārie: Towards peace-centred, Te Whāriki-based practice

Jenny Ritchie

This article considers ways in which early childhood educators in Aotearoa New Zealand might draw upon te ao Māori conceptualisations in delivering pedagogies that foster and enhance dispositions of empathy, compassion, and caring, thereby strengthening children’s emotional and social competence as well as their self-control. It first outlines some theoretical considerations from both western and Māori paradigms, and then provides several examples from previous research. It concludes by suggesting that more research is needed in this area.

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