A/Professor Joce Nuttall to chair NZ Advisory Group on early learning pathways
Published: Monday 22nd December 2014
Associate Professor Joce Nuttall has been
appointed to chair a New Zealand advisory group to help children get the best
possible start to their early learning and schooling.
The Advisory Group on Early Learning will
recommend practical ways to ensure children have consistent teaching and
learning from birth to eight years old, including helping teachers to implement
the early childhood education curriculum.
Associate Professor Nuttall, Program
Leader of the Early Childhood Futures Program in the Learning
Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA), was appointed by NZ Education Minister
“We need early childhood teachers and
educators, parents and new entrant teachers working together at a time that’s
critical for children developing their foundations for learning and language.
“The group will suggest ways to strengthen
implementation of the early childhood education curriculum framework, Te
Whāriki,and how we can have better planning, implementation and evaluation
across the early learning and schooling sectors for the benefit of young
children,” said Ms Parata.
Ms Parata said the members of the advisory
group bring strengths, skills and experience that span the early learning and
primary schooling sectors as well as specialist knowledge of Māori, Pasifika
and special education priorities.
“They’ve been selected for their knowledge
of evidence and practical experience of ‘on the ground’ teaching. I’m delighted
with the very high calibre of the people who were willing to contribute to this
important work,” said Ms Parata.
Associate Professor Nuttall said she was
delighted to be invited to chair the Advisory Group.
“New Zealand has a strong reputation internationally for
its approach to early childhood education and this work will set the scene for
future developments. I look forward to drawing on my research and
expertise in early childhood teacher education and teacher development, as well
as my long-term interest in the implementation of New Zealand's early
childhood curriculum framework, Te Whariki," she said.
Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith, Director, Learning Sciences
Institute, warmly congratulated Associate Professor Nuttall on her
“This is wonderful news - this appointment speaks to Joce’s
international standing and is clear evidence of how she connects research,
policy and practice – a key principle of work at the LSIA,” she said.
It has been a successful first year for
the LSIA, which was established in January 2014.
“Our researchers were
awarded four Australian Research Council Grants last month – and Joce will
be working on one of these teams. Our
grant success is a testament to the strength of our research which aims to improve
the learning outcomes, wellbeing and life chances of children and young
people,” said Professor Wyatt-Smith.
The Advisory Group will report to the
Minister by 30 June 2015 and will include distinguished members Dame Dr Iritana
Tawhiwhirangi, Adelle Broadmore, Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips, Ali Glasgow, Carol
Hartley, Dr Lesley Rameka, Brenda Soutar, Jan Taouma and Jan Tinetti.