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ERIC Number: EJ934859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
Ask the Posts of Our House: Using Cultural Spaces to Encourage Quality Learning in Higher Education
Adds, Peter; Hall, Meegan; Higgins, Rawinia; Higgins, Te Ripowai
Teaching in Higher Education, v16 n5 p541-551 2011
When the Maori goddess, "Hinetitama", asked the Maori god, "Tane", who her father was, he replied, "Uia ki nga pou o t whare ... Ask the posts of your house". This traditional Maori (indigenous people of New Zealand) story implies a cultural teaching pedagogy that utilises the "marae" (a Maori building complex including a carved meeting house) as a learning and teaching tool. "Marae" complexes have slowly been embraced by tertiary education institutions throughout New Zealand since the early 1980s, as acknowledgement that they provide an authentic instructional space that enhances quality learning. This article considers the New Zealand university application of traditional "marae"-based teaching approaches and explores the transformative learning such cultural spaces can encourage. It shares how traditional Maori pedagogies are being modelled by contemporary Maori academics, and how the experiences of learning in a "marae" environment are perceived by their students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand