Ka Hikitia (Ministry of Education, 2014) acknowledges that, ‘Māori students do much better when education reflects and values their identity, language and culture’ (p.6).
Context: Te ao Māori
There is reason to believe that tikanga and te reo opportunities that mainstream education provides for young Māori learners is in a mainstream context and not in a te ao Māori context (Nepe, 1991). An example of young Māori learners doing ‘much better’ could simply be learning that occurs in the context of a Noho Marae or Wānanga (Lee, 2008), rather than a standard classroom.
- Lee, J. (2008). Ako: Pūrākau of Māori teachers’ work in secondary schools. Unpublished EdD thesis, School of Education, University of Auckland.
- Ministry of Education (2014). Ka Hikitia Accelerating Success 2013 – 2017. The Māori Education Strategy, Ministry of Education, Wellington.
- Nepe, T. M. (1991). Te Toi Huarewa Tipuna: Kaupapa Maori, an Educational Intervention System. Department of Education. The University of Auckland, Auckland
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