By Amy Childs (Waiariki Journalism School)
A Rotorua woman was one of four early childhood teachers and support staff to receive an NZEI (New Zealand Educational Institute) Te Riu Roa $5000 research scholarship.
Sheralee Moore is an early childhood education teacher who works at Rotorua School for Young Parents Childcare Centre.
About 30 people applied this year for the annual research scholarship.
The purpose of this scholarship is to carry out a research project on a subject of interest that will benefit the school or centre that the applicant works in.
Miss Moores proposal was entitled ‘Linking the past to the future’ and her research will be questioning how the world of Te Ao Maori and modern technology make for successful Maori learners in the 21st century.
She said she would use the scholarship money to purchase an Interactive Board and an I-Pad for the children.
The purpose of this is to broaden children’s learning, opportunities and experiences,” she said.
She said receiving the scholarship was really exciting and a great opportunity to engage with whanau, children, local community and teachers working with Maori children in mainstream.
Carole Dean, Centre Manager for Rotorua School for Young Parents Childcare said Sheralee receiving this scholarship was awesome.
She said that it will be good for the local community and for the practice of the childcare centre.
I know that Sheralee is passionate about the importance of Te Ao Maori, Tikanga Maori and all the processes around education,” she said.
Miss Moore will be starting her research project at the beginning of next year and a report on her findings will be due to NZEI in December 2013.