Moving the Frontiers of Convention 1975-2003: An Overview of the Early Childhood Education Landscape

  • Helen May

Abstract

There has been an early childhood convention every four years since 1975. In a keynote address to the Eighth Early Childhood Convention held at Palmerston North in September 2003, the author presented an overview analysis of these conventions in the pedagogical and political landscape of early childhood in Aotearoa-New Zealand. The resulting convention papers can be seen as signposts, outlining the pedagogical and political issues of the time. The convention forums have been a useful platform for:

celebrating New Zealand early childhood education
challenging entrenched opinion
critiquing existing policy and practice
signalling strategic directions
forecasting new frontiers.

This paper is an abbreviated and updated version of the keynote address. It summarises the debate and discourse on early childhood matters in Aotearoa-New Zealand from 1975 until 2003 through the medium of the conventions themselves.

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Author Biography

Helen May
Published
2003-07-01
How to Cite
MAY, Helen. Moving the Frontiers of Convention 1975-2003: An Overview of the Early Childhood Education Landscape. The New Zealand Annual Review of Education, [S.l.], n. 13, july 2003. ISSN 1178-3311. Available at: <https://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/nzaroe/article/view/1453>. Date accessed: 25 oct. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.26686/nzaroe.v0i13.1453.

Keywords

Early Childhood Education