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ERIC Number: EJ909879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0111
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Connecting New Zealand Teachers of Science with Their Maori Students
Glynn, Ted; Cowie, Bronwen; Otrel-Cass, Kathrin; Macfarlane, Angus
Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, v39 p118-127 2010
This paper illustrates how important changes can occur in science learning and teaching if teachers take the trouble to understand and respect the cultural worlds of Indigenous students, and incorporate something of this understanding within their teaching practice. Ten teachers participated in a specially-designed one-year university postgraduate course, which encouraged them to incorporate into their classroom learning two Maori pedagogical principles, "ako" and "whakawhanaungatanga". "Ako" is a responsive and reciprocal process, through which both teaching and learning roles are shared. "Whakawhanaungatanga" is the process of constructing relationships in the classroom between people, between students' cultural knowledge and domain knowledge. This paper draws on co-constructed narratives from four of the teachers, two Maori and two Pakeha (New Zealanders of European descent). The teachers built trusting and respectful relationships with their Maori students by facilitating connections between Western and Maori worldviews of science. They shared their teaching role with Maori elders ("kaumatua") and members of the extended family of their students ("whanau"). The teachers learned a great deal from their Maori students who became highly engaged and agentic in their science learning. Students took collaborative responsibility for asking learning questions, and sought information on science topics from both Western and Maori worldviews.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand