Māori science education in Aotearoa-New Zealand. He putea whakarawe: aspirations and realities

Wood, Anaru, and Lewthwaite, Brian (2008) Māori science education in Aotearoa-New Zealand. He putea whakarawe: aspirations and realities. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 3 (3). pp. 625-662.

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This article reports on the first two phases of a multiphase science education development project in predominantly Māori kura (school communities) in the central region of the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. The development project in its entirety employs an action research methodology and by so doing endeavors to support the improvement of science education delivery in accordance with school community aspirations. The full project (a) establishes the current situation in Year 1–8 science education in the communities; (b) identifies developmental aspirations for stakeholders within the communities and identifies potential contributors and constraints to these aspirations; (c) implements mechanisms for achieving identified aspirations; and finally; (d) evaluates the effectiveness of such mechanisms. In its focus on the first two phases, this article incorporates the analytical lenses of Kaupapa Māori Theory and Bronfenbrenner's bio-ecological model. It concludes by outlining some priorities to consider for science education development based on the outcomes of our preliminary discussions.

Item ID: 29727
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1871-1510
Keywords: elementary science education; Pūtaiao Māori education; Kaupapa Māori theory; Bronfenbrenner's bio-ecological model
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2013 05:56
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130206 Kohanga Reo (Maori Language Curriculum and Pedagogy) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 100%
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