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ERIC Number: EJ1018906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
The Centrality of Relationships for Pedagogy: The "Whanaungatanga" Thesis
Bishop, Russell; Ladwig, James; Berryman, Mere
American Educational Research Journal, v51 n1 p184-214 Feb 2014
"Te Kotahitanga" is a research and professional development project that seeks to reduce educational disparities between indigenous Maori students and their non-Maori peers in New Zealand secondary schools. While evidence of the impact of the project on teachers' practice and the associated gains made by Maori students has been published previously, in order for the work of "Te Kotahitanga" to contribute to the broader educational research community, its pedagogical premises require empirical verification. To do so, we must first establish the validity of the pedagogical data by addressing two questions: (a) To what degree can the data gathered in the collaborative processes of "Te Kotahitanga" be used as a measure of pedagogical quality? and (b) Do these data support the foundational hypothesis of the project, that "extended family" relationships, as understood by Maori people when using the Maori term, "whanaungatanga," are a central necessary component of overall pedagogical quality? This article provides an account of the context of this work then presents an analysis directed to these questions in turn. First, our analysis of the observational data gathered during the "Te Kotahitanga" professional development process is presented, followed by the measures that were developed for each of the main dimensions of pedagogy addressed in this work. Second, using these measures we present our analysis of the inter-relation among these dimensions of pedagogy to test the "Whanaungatanga" pedagogical thesis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A