Early Childhood Teacher Education in New Zealand: Facts, Values, and Uncertainties

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New Zealand (NZ) is recognized as a world leader in early childhood education (ECE), which leads to wide interest in its initial teacher education (ITE). Drawing on current policy, practice and research, this chapter provides an overview of the NZ way of developing and maintaining a quality ECE teacher workforce. Key factual characteristics of the NZway are reported in areas such as teacher registration and certification, age/level focus, ITE providers and programs, and approval and accreditation of ITE programs. To help understand the legitimacy, and foresee the future, of these characteristics, sociocultural, political, and historical contexts are considered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Perspectives on Early Childhood Teacher Education in the 21st Century
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789811657399
ISBN (Print)9789811657382
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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