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ERIC Number: EJ804178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1871-1502
Maori Science Education in Aotearoa New Zealand. He Putea Whakarawe: Aspirations and Realities
Wood, Anaru; Lewthwaite, Brian
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v3 n3 p625-662 Sep 2008
This article reports on the first two phases of a multiphase science education development project in predominantly Maori 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 Maori 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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand