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Hetaraka, Maia; Meiklejohn-Whiu, Selena; Webber, Melinda; Jesson, Rebecca – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2023
Many theories support the idea that children's literacy learning develops as they learn to make meaning through interactions with others. These assertions are premised on the understanding that childhood literacy serves various social purposes and that these literacies are learned through participating in social contexts. In this position paper,…
Descriptors: Ethnic Groups, Pacific Islanders, Literacy, Indigenous Knowledge
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Hetaraka, Maia; Meiklejohn-Whiu, Selena; Webber, Melinda; Jesson, Rebecca – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2023
Western literacy theories and models often reflect Eurocentric notions of literacy and literacy practices. In Aotearoa New Zealand, the prevalence of these conceptualisations is linked to issues of power and result in a narrow and inaccurate framing of Maori tamariki (children). In this article Tiritiria, a Maori philosophical view of knowledge,…
Descriptors: Western Civilization, Pacific Islanders, Ethnic Groups, Malayo Polynesian Languages
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Highfield, Camilla; Webber, Melinda – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2021
This paper describes the background, methods and key findings from a research project conducted in one Kahui Ako (Community of Learning) in a city in New Zealand. All 12 schools had significant numbers of Indigenous Maori students whose iwi (tribal) ancestry connected to the region over centuries. Using a mixed methods approach, the study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethnic Groups, Pacific Islanders, Learner Engagement
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Turner, Hana; Rubie-Davies, Christine M.; Webber, Melinda – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2015
The aim of this mixed methods study was to explore the relationship between teacher expectations and student ethnicity. Factors that contributed to the achievement gap were also investigated. The study involved 15 mathematics teachers and 361 students from five urban secondary schools in Auckland. Fifteen teachers completed questionnaires and 10…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Expectations of Students, Ethnicity, Achievement Gap