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Early Childhood Seminar Series 2018

Building responsive partnerships to support early years transitions

Associate Professor Sally Peters, University of Waikato

In recent years there has been much attention focused on ‘successful’ transitions and supporting learning as children move within and between education settings. This presentation shares the findings from a number of recent research projects which have examined how ‘success’ is understood, and explored possible strategies and practices to enhance the transition experiences of children and families. Respectful, reciprocal relationships are frequently found to be central to successful transitions. Particular attention will be paid to building responsive partnerships across the borders and liminal spaces that a transition may represent. It looks at understanding the cultures and histories of those in a partnership as a starting place to build bridges and connections, and addresses some of the challenges in this approach. The findings will be discussed in the context of the pathways approach in Te Whāriki (2017) and the New Zealand Curriculum (2007).

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Sally Peters is an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato. Sally has over 20 years experience researching transitions, especially transition to school. Much of this work has been with teacher researchers in ECE and school settings. Sally is also interested in transitions across different aspects of the lifespan and transitions in thinking (including children's working theories). These interests have extended into exploring cultural borders, and she feels privileged to have worked in partnership with Māori researchers on a number of projects. Sally was one of the seven writers for Te Whāriki 2017, with particular responsibility for the work on pathways to school.

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