December 10, 2019
Mana for mokopuna in education study
Research projects that will to improve outcomes for Māori learners have been funded in the latest round of the Council for Education Research’s Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, which supports partnerships between researchers and educators.
Dr Lesley Rameka from the University of Waikato is working with a number of early childhood centres and kōhanga reo to explore ways early childhood education gives mokopuna opportunities to recognise mana.
It means mokopuna learn to understand ways to attain mana through being kaitiaki of themselves, others and their environment, therefore contributing to a collective sense of wellbeing.
Dr Camilla Highfield and Dr Melinda Webber from the University of Auckland will work with Te Maru o Ngongotaha Kāhui Ako to which interventions can make a positive difference for Māori students’ attitudes, motivation, and engagement in learning.
They want to identify what practices Māori students and their whānau believe will support them to be successful on their own terms, with particular attention paid to iwi-initiated projects and localised curriculum.
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