November 07, 2019
Mere Berryman wins Marsden grant to unpick colonisation by education
Leading Māori education researcher Mere Berryman has been awarded an $841,000 Marsden Fund grant to look into how the education system in New Zealand and in other colonised countries has overlooked Māori and Indigenous language and culture.
Professor Berryman from Waikato University was a co-developer of the Te Kotahitanga model for boosting Māori student achievement in secondary schools.
She says by favouring Eurocentric education models and policies, colonised countries detrimentally influenced how indigenous people view their own language, culture and identity across successive generations.
She and her team will seek to understand the implications of this intergenerational loss, and the interrelationships between language and culture.
The research will also focus in on the socialisation of babies within families and their sense of belonging, emerging identities and language acquisition.
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