Sunday, April 8, 2018

Margaret Carr now an Emeritus Professor at the University of Waikato

Long and successful careers acknowledged
March 2018
We have taken the feed off the University of Waikato site to share with you all. A very special event for the early childhood community. 

New Emeritus Professors Margaret Carr, Terry Locke and Janis Swan.
 A distinguished engineer and two high-level educators have been made Emeritus Professors at the University of Waikato. Janis Swan, Margaret Carr and Terry Locke have all had long careers at the university, and their contribution as teachers, administrators and researchers was acknowledged this week at a special ceremony.

Professor Margaret Carr ONZM has been a key influencer of early childhood education (ECE) in New Zealand, driving the national early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki, developing new forms of assessment, and leading research across the sector. The curriculum was ground breaking and is still held up as a model. Professor Carr also advised on the 2017 revision of the document.
Internationally, Professor Carr is known for the development of ‘Learning Stories’, a narrative assessment approach that recognises the breadth of children’s achievements, with multiple inputs that contribute to the analysis of children’s learning that encourages further learning. The ‘Learning Stories’ approach was adopted in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the UK, Japan and China. The programme enhanced the University of Waikato’s profile in the field of early childhood education. Her two books on learning stories – one of them co-written with Wendy Lee – have been translated into several languages, as have two of her more recent publications.
Professor Carr is a recipient of the highly prized McKenzie Award from the New Zealand Association for Research in Education, given for a life-long career of outstanding merit and sustained research excellence.

Margaret addressing the attendees.
Family and the early childhood group celebrating with a waiata!
Margaret and Malcolm with the family, enjoying the celebration.
At the end of the evening, a quiet continuing celebration with Wendy Lee, Helen May, Jane McChesney, Norman Kingsbury, Margaret and Malcolm. A lovely way to end a very special day!!!

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