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ERIC Number: EJ1160660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1450-104X
Learning Science: Putaiao in an Indigenous School--A Review of the Theory and Practice
Smallbone, Catherine; Rofe, Craig; Moeed, Azra
Science Education International, v28 n3 p199-206 Sep 2017
This paper presents a literature review of theory and briefly presents insight from a case study. The literature review attempts to explain what Putaiao is, how it is being taught, and the learning of Putaiao. It also investigates the Putaiao curriculum and the challenges currently being faced. The literature covers students from early childhood, primary, and secondary school, and in this review, it is mainly limited to Maori immersion classrooms and schools. Further work is needed focusing on teacher education and professional development of Putaiao teachers. Putaiao as a subject is facing several challenges that may be combated through more specific interventions - rather than studies investigating Kura as a whole. Despite the challenges faced, the literature overall has a positive outlook in which Putaiao is enjoyed by students who see it relates to their own knowledge and culture. The case study took place in a Maori medium school that caters for year 9-13 students. Two teachers from a Maori medium school (Kura) who had no background in science and their year 9 and 10 classes voluntarily participated in this research. Through support to teachers in the form of upskilling themselves and learning along with the students, teachers gained confidence and began to teach Putaiao. Teachers willingly learn new vocabulary to pass it on to their students. In addition, among mainstream schools, many of the studies had positive impacts by raising awareness among teachers of how to teach Maori students, and how to incorporate some of the values that are fundamental to Putaiao.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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