Kei Tua o te Pae

Kei Tua o te Pae/Assessment for Learning: Early Childhood Exemplars is a best-practice guide that will help teachers continue to improve the quality of their teaching.

The exemplars are a series of books that will help teachers to understand and strengthen children's learning. It also shows how children, parents and whānau can contribute to this assessment and ongoing learning.

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Book 2: Sociocultural assessment – He aromatawai ahurea pāpori

Introduction – He kupu whakataki

The principles in Te Whāriki reflect a sociocultural approach to learning (see Te Whāriki, page 19). This approach is informed by Urie Bronfenbrenner’s (1979) ecological-contextual model, which provides a framework for understanding the contexts in which humans develop. It is an approach that emphasises the importance of relationships and whanaungatanga.

Quality in Action: Te Mahi Whai Hua (pages 37–40) includes ideas about assessment practice that are consistent with the principles of Te Whāriki.

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In practice, the principles of Te Whāriki interconnect and overlap.

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