Māori Education

Māori and Pasifika Higher Education Horizons, 2014

Editors: Fiona Cram, Hazel Phillips, Pale Sauni & Clark Tuagalu

H.T. Frierson (Series Ed.), Diversity in higher education. New Milford, CT: Emerald Books. Published April 2014.

This book canvases a diverse range of writings on Māori and Pasifika participation and engagement in higher education in contemporary times within Aotearoa New Zealand. Some authors speak to the challenges Māori and Pasifika students and academics face in higher education as well as the diverse ways they have claimed spaces within the academy to rewrite history and its more standard colonial story. Other authors, drawing on traditional knowledge and practices, have reimagined and reclaimed specifically Māori higher education spaces. These spaces resist and counter an institution whose culture, knowledge systems and teaching and learning styles have historically made its Pacific location invisible. In this we are not alone as the struggles Māori and Pacific peoples face are the same kind of struggles Indigenous peoples face the world over.'

Māori Medium Initial Teacher Education Outcomes, Ministry of Education, 2012

Fiona Cram, Vivienne Kennedy, Miromiro Kelly-Hepi Te Huia and Kirimatao Paipa

The right of Indigenous people to education in their own language is upheld in many international declarations and conventions. For Māori the Treaty of Waitangi also upholds this right. Māori medium education is a key contributor to the success of Māori students, with the Ministry of Education committed to improving the performance of the education sector as a whole for Māori and supporting Māori students to achieve as Māori.

Teachers play a pivotal role in the education system and a range of work is currently underway to improve the quality of Initial Teacher Education (ITE), and to strengthen systems designed to mentor and nurture new teachers in the workplace. As part of this work Katoa Ltd has been contracted by the Ministry of Education (the Ministry) to develop two background papers related to Māori medium ITE outcomes: Graduate profile, and Effective practicum and induction experiences.

Each background paper has been developed through an iterative process involving the review of selected literature, visits and conversations with stakeholders (including Māori-medium teachers and leaders), and consultation with an expert review panel. The six key principles of Kaupapa Māori have guided the structure of each paper:

  1. Tino Rangatiratanga – The principle of self-determination
  2. Taonga Tuku Iho – The principle of cultural aspiration
  3. Ako Māori – the principle of culturally preferred pedagogy
  4. Kia Piki Ake i Ngā Raruraru o te Kāinga – the principle of socio-economic mediation
  5. Whānau – the principle of extended family structure
  6. Kaupapa – the principle of collective philosophy

Education Workforce Census, Ministry of Education, 2011

Fiona Cram

In 2004 the Ministry of Education took a census of the teacher workforce in Aotearoa New Zealand. In 2011 there were plans to repeat this census and also extend it to cover a wider, education workforce. This technical report reviewed the 2004 census for its coverage of Māori-medium teachers and its potential to cover the wider, Māori-medium education workforce. Advice is provided on five key issues that should be addressed for the next census to have adequate coverage of the Māori-medium education workforce. These issues are: Organisational culture; Disposition to teach; Pedagogical support; Spreading the (Work)Load; and Ngā Moemoea (Aspirations). Recommendations are also made about ensuring an excellent census response rate from the Māori-medium education workforce.

Te Hiringa i te Mahara - Research & Evaluation, 1997-2001

Te Hiringa i te Mahara was two year programme that aimed to reduce workload pressures and improve the professional experience of Maori secondary school teachers. The initial research and three year evaluation were undertaken by IRI.

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