Tribute to Judith Duncan
Judith Duncan had a long association with kindergarten beginning her teaching career as a teacher at Waikiwi Kindergarten in Invercargill. Judith was a passionate advocate for high quality early childhood education (ECE). She worked for many years as an academic at Otago University and the Children’s Issues Centre, and resigned from her position this year as Professor at Canterbury University. Judith undertook significant research around pedagogy and practice in ECE and was widely published in New Zealand and overseas. Judith’s interests in politics, policy and practice underpinned her commitment to and advocacy of children’s rights, and for the rights of teachers and workers in the ECE sector. Judith was a keen historian. She created an extensive archive on ECE and in particular on kindergarten, which provides an insight into kindergarten over the decades and will contribute to future publications and the NZK web-based archive to be set up in 2016. Judith was a key figure in ECE in New Zealand shaping and influencing policy and teaching practice in the interests of high quality ECE provision for every child. Judith passed away on 26 March 2015.