Associate Professor Helen Hedges is Head of School: Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Helen’s research programme explores children’s and teachers’ interests, knowledge (both formal and intuitive) and learning in the contexts of early childhood education and teacher education. Driving this is curiosity about the nature of a co-constructed interests-based curriculum in early childhood education, particularly the decisions that teachers make about which children’s interests are chosen to create curriculum with.
In various projects, Helen has explored the place of subject content knowledge in an early childhood curriculum, teachers’ interpretations and understandings of key curricular concepts and the nature of children’s interests and inquiries. Her research and teaching are located in sociocultural theories and methodologies.
Helen has contributed to theorising about children’s and teachers’ knowledge and interests through frameworks such as funds of knowledge (González, Moll, & Amanti, 2005) and communities of inquiry (Wells, 1999). She has also published (and teaches) about teacher research and inquiry, and research ethics.
Helen is currently working on conceptualising and exemplifying “working theories”, one of two major outcomes of the early childhood curriculum, Te Whariki. This blog contributes to sharing her own working theories about working theories.