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Morrison, Hugh, Paterson, Lachy, Knowles, Brett, and Rae, Murray. (Eds.). (2012). Mana Māori And Christianity. Wellington: Huia Publishers.

This book examines encounters between the Christian church and Māori. Christian faith among Māori changed from Māori receiving the missionary endeavours of Pakeha settlers, to the development of indigenous expressions of Christian faith, partnerships between Māori and Pakeha the mainline churches, and the emergence of Destiny Church. The book looks at the growth, development and adaptation of Christian faith among Māori people and considers how that development has helped shape New Zealand identity and society. It explores questions of theology, historical development, sociocultural influence and change, and the outcomes of Pakeha interactions with Māori.

Nairn, Karen, Higgins, Jane, and Sligo, Judith. (2012). Children of Rogernomics A neoliberal generation leaves school. Dunedin: Otago University Press.

From 2003 to 2007 Nairn, Higgins and Sligo investigated what life was like for ninety-three young people coming to adulthood in the wake of Rogernomics. The authors conducted two interviews, one in participants' final year of high school and another twelve months later. The authors bring the lives, places and hopes of these young people into sharp focus. Their stories reveal the powerful psychic and material impacts of the discourses of neoliberalism, which obscure the structural basis of inequalities and insist that failure to achieve standard transitions is the result of personal inadequacy. They show how institutions drawing on deficit discourses create additional barriers for those who are 'other' – often young Pasifika and Maori, and young working-class women and men. But they show, too, how ordinary lives can be inspirational, and reveal the ways young people attempt to work and re-work the possibilities, opportunities and constraints of their times. The stories are authentic and hard-hitting. This book is a must for anyone who is interested to understand what it means to be a young person in contemporary times.

Notman, Ross. (Ed.) (2012). Successful educational leadership in New Zealand: Case studies of schools and an early childhood centre. Wellington: NZCER Press.

This book features case studies of 11 successful New Zealand educational leaders. It is intended as a testimony to their exemplary work and to help aspiring, new and experienced practitioners understand more about their leadership role. The case studies capture the exhilaration of being a leader in different school and early childhood centre settings and they identify key values, attributes and strategies that have enabled these leaders to achieve and maintain success.

Sandretto, Susan with Klenner, Scott. (2011). Planting Seeds: Embedding critical literacy into your classroom programme. Wellington: NZCER Press.

Literacy once meant reading and writing words on paper. Today’s students need to be able to understand, use and critically analyse many different text types for different purposes in diverse contexts. This book sets out to support teachers to engage with the theory and practice of critical literacy. The author is an engaging and thoughtful guide through the theory, or "why this chapter is too important to skip," to the practical considerations. These include the tensions between traditional assessment critical literacy ("how do I know what they have learned?") and managing student voice ("when do I get my voice back?"). Planting Seeds is written by Dr Susan Sandretto, senior lecturer and primary programmes co-ordinator at Otago University's College of Education, with Scott Klenner.

First Occasional Paper Published by UOCE: Dunedin's Kindergarten Pioneers

Bethell, Kerry. (2011). Dunedin’s Kindergarten pioneers: Some new stories. The founding of free kindergarten provision in Dunedin, 1879-1890. Dunedin: University of Otago College of Education.

UOCE announces the publication of its first occasional paper written by Dr Kerry Bethell. This paper is the first in a series of invitational publications by staff and students. It is particularly significant as it is a joint collaboration with the Dunedin Kindergarten Association and is in recognition of the long standing collaboration of the College and the Association in teacher education programmes. Download the e-version

Kerry Bethell is a senior lecturer in early years education at Massey University College of Education. She holds teaching and research interests around areas concerned with the historical past, the work of teachers and others in education and educational change. Dr Bethell is a colleague of Helen May, past Dean of the UOCE, both of whom are intent on researching and recording the histories and herstories of early childhood.

May, Helen. (2011). I am five and I go to school. Early years schooling in New Zealand, 1900–2010. Dunedin: Otago University Press.

A new book on early years schooling, I am Five and I go to School Early Years Schooling in New Zealand, 1900–2010, written by Professor Helen May, which is the twentieth-century sequel to School Beginnings: A nineteenth century colonial story (2005) has been published by Otago University Press. More information and order form for I am Five and I go to School Early Years Schooling in New Zealand, 1900–2010. Download an order form

Troughton, Geoff and Morrison, Hugh. (2011). The spirit of the past: Essays on Christianity in New Zealand history. Wellington: Victoria University Press.

On Wednesday 26 October, 2011, Hugh Morrison and Geoff Troughton celebrated the publication of their edited book The Spirit of the Past: Essays on Christianity in New Zealand History (Victoria University Press), at a book launch held by Victoria University’s School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies. The book brings together a significant collection of essays on religious history in Aotearoa-New Zealand. It offers fresh insights into debates about the nature of religious history and makes available new research into Christian ideas, practices and institutions in the New Zealand context. Both Hugh and Geoff gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of both the University of Otago College of Education and the Victoria University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences towards final publication. Copies of the book are available for purchase in the University Book Shop.