Early childhood teachers guide young children’s learning in ways that support their development. Traditionally, foremost in teachers’ minds is what knowledge and skills children should acquire. Today, however, many teachers are becoming aware of the pivotal role of dispositions in the education of children. Te Whāriki, our New Zealand Early Childhood curriculum says that “the combined knowledge, skills and attitudes formed a child’s working theory, which then is seen to help the child develop dispositions that encourages learning to occur.” (Ministry of Education, 1996). Knowledge, skills and the disposition to use them are inextricably connected.

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