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ERIC Number: ED467398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Pages: 20
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A Bicultural Research Journey: The Poutama Pounamu Education Research Centre.
Harawira, Wai; Walker, Rangiwhakaehu; McGarvey, Te Uru; Atvars, Kathryn; Berryman, Mere; Glynn, Ted; Duffell, Troy
This paper documents work undertaken by a bicultural research group at the New Zealand Special Education Service, Poutama Pounamu Education Research Centre. The research group develops and evaluates learning resources for parents and teachers of Maori students. Two projects are described. Tatari Tautoko Tauawhi (Pause Prompt Praise) assists parent and peer tutoring of reading in the Maori language. Trials of the tutoring procedures using student tutor-tutee pairs in Maori-immersion and bilingual classrooms found that both tutees and tutors improved their reading level and comprehension in both Maori and English. Training of trainers, who then instruct adult tutors, adheres closely to Maori philosophy and cultural protocols. Hei Awhina Matua is a cooperative parent and teacher program for assisting students who have behavior and learning difficulties. Both programs build on strengths of parents, teachers, and community, enabling shared responsibility for students' behavior and learning. The research process is presented as a bicultural journey toward the revitalization of Maori language and culture in Aotearoa/New Zealand. This journey highlights the importance of researchers' cultural knowledge and understanding, in both developing and evaluating resource materials. The overall research strategy employed is that of participant-driven empowering research. Four important elements are participation of elders, contexts that are culturally appropriate and safe for Maori, the research team functioning as a metaphoric extended family, and extensive networking to achieve research objectives. (Contains 24 references.) (Author/SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand