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Chapter 13: Practice and provision in New Zealand - Te Whāriki
Practice and provision in New Zealand - Te Whāriki
Key Ideas Explored in this Chapter
- the provision and practice of Te Wha?riki
- some key elements
- key learning from this approach that might enhance provision and practice.
Te Whāriki - A Socio-Cultural Curriculum
Te Whāriki is the Maori name given to the pre-school curriculum in New Zealand, and it means ‘the woven mat’; this name embodies an understanding of the importance of family and community, and its influence on initial and long-term development. This metaphor of a Whāriki, a woven mat for all to stand on also describes a spider's web [Page 204]model of curriculum in contrast to a ‘step’ model (Penn, 2000). The metaphor describes the weaving together of the principles, ...