Developing an authentic Samoan lens
Exploring the teaching of effective approaches for assessing young Samoan children’s learning in early childhood centres.
Pauline Luafutu-Simpson - Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa – NZ Childcare Association
About the project
Funded by the southern hub, this small scale study focused on assessment practices in two Samoan early childhood education (ECE) centres in Christchurch over a period of six months.
The study highlighted the importance of culturally appropriate and culturally responsive assessment practices in early childhood. A cultural conceptual framework designed to create an authentic 'Samoan lens' emerged from the project.
While Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa – NZ Childcare Association’s Pauline Laufutu-Simpson focussed on the perspective, the findings have implications for teaching practice and for teacher education in general. Understanding other world views helps students understand the importance of utilising diverse pedagogical approaches for presenting new knowledge. Further it demonstrates that the dominant method or view is not always the best fit.
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