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ERIC Number: EJ914619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1175-9232
"We Know What You Need..." and Other Misconceptions about Maori Learners
Glynn, Ted; Bevan-Brown, Jill
Kairaranga, v8 n2 p25-31 2007
This paper challenges some of the ill-informed and misleading assumptions made about Maori students and their whanau, and about Maori teachers and education professionals. In particular it examines four prominent assumptions that impact on Maori, namely: We are all New Zealanders; We know all about Maori students and praise; We know what whanau needs are, and how to meet them; and we know what an effective partnership with Maori looks like. It is argued that non-Maori need to invest more time and energy into gaining an understanding of the worldviews and lived experiences of their Maori colleagues, students and whanau they work with. They also need to better understand how taken-for-granted Western European worldviews impact upon Maori. Deeper understanding of both issues will enable non-Maori to build close personal as well as professional relationships with Maori, and so avoid forming and acting upon untested assumptions about "Maori needs" and how they should be met. (Contains 36 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand