Lecture: “Standardization and Conformity: A Critique of New Zealand’s Early Childhood Neoliberal Politics” by Judith Duncan

November 28, 2012
3:30 pm

Campus Center

Room: 917

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Contact:
Center for Research on Families
413-545-4631

Dr. Judith Duncan is an early childhood and care scholar whose research influences policy for young children and their families in New Zealand and abroad. Professor Duncan draws on postmodern childhood studies and socio-cultural theories to critique current cultural assumptions underlying early childhood education, support for families, and early childhood education pedagogy. Professor Duncan began her academic career after working as a kindergarten teacher, childcare supervisor, and after-school program teacher. With a firm commitment to affecting policy and practice, she bridges her scholarly work with advocacy for children and families, professionals working with children, and broader policy change. She combines a background of child advocacy work with children’s rights at the University of Otago, with her current position in teacher education at the University of Canterbury.