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Mr Richard Harty

Head of Early Childhood and Education Subject area

School of Education and Communities

    Richard is an experienced early years practitioner who has teaching and managerial experience within a variety of early years settings in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.  He has also worked as a reviewer for the National Childcare Accreditation Council in Australia. Richard's first degree was in Psychology (Otago, NZ). He then qualified with a Bachelors of Education and Diploma of Teaching (Otago, NZ).  He also holds a MEd in Early Childhood Research (QUT, Australia).  



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    Richard is interested in how adult perceptions about children and childhood affect children’s experiences; he is also interested in looking for strategies to enhance the inclusion of young children’s voices within the discourse on early years education and care. His postgraduate research has focused on gender issues within the early childhood workforce.

    Conference Participation:

    Men in Early Childhood Education Workshop. Invited panel member. Early Childhood Council / Ministry of Education, Christchurch NZ March 2007

    Men in ECE the costs of men being absent, and the benefits of having them there. Member of panel for open forum discussion. Early Childhood Council Annual Conference, Christchurch NZ March 2007

    What we want to see happening to encourage and involve more men. Chair of plenary session of the inaugural Men in Early Child Care and Teaching Summit, Christchurch, New Zealand, March 2007

    The Men as Role Models Argument: A Case for Researching Children’s Views. Presentation to the 10th NZ Early Childhood Research Conference, Porirua New Zealand, December 2006

    The meaning of Life’ Can one theory explain development? Presentation to the European Community / Canadian Exchange Conference, University of East London. November 2005


    Harty (2007) The Men as Role Models Argument: A Case for Researching Children’s Views. NZ Research in Early Childhood Education, Vol. 9



    ED1009 - Introduction to Early Childhood Studies
    ED1034 - Developing Learning in Early Childhood
    ED2019 - Understanding and Supporting Behaviour
    ED2031 - Children, Culture and Globalisation
    ED3016 - Management in Early Years Settings
    ED3019 - Explaining Behaviour
    Early Childhood Studies