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ERIC Number: EJ1244026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1177-1828
Can Culturally Responsive Policies Improve Maori Achievement?
Krzyzosiak, Jacek; Stewart, Georgina
Curriculum Matters, v15 p42-58 2019
This article analyses research literature and policy texts to investigate the extent to which culturally responsive education policies can improve Maori achievement in schools. It presents a snapshot of current levels of Maori inequity, which is followed by an account of the history of Maori education policy to illustrate the origins of the current situation. Contemporary policies for Maori education, based on cultural responsiveness, are analysed in terms of their potential to succeed in overcoming Maori inequity. While it is important for teachers and schools to engage in culturally responsive practice, blind faith in these policies as "the solution" to Maori underachievement is unrealistic, and has the potential to place unfair responsibility for raising Maori student achievement on schools and teachers, rather than on government or policy itself.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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