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ERIC Number: EJ1380115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0028-8276
EISSN: EISSN-2199-4714
Can Maori Negotiate School Attendance in State-Led Education in Aotearoa, New Zealand?
Coulter, Sarah-Kay
New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, v58 n1 p31-45 Jun 2023
There is a conflict between the claims of Maori sovereignty and the imposition of State legislation on Maori children. This conflict of interest has been given very little consideration in the public sphere. This research-informed article speculates that despite legislation ensuring that education attendance is fixed as a legal obligation for all Primary and Secondary aged children, there is urgency to address if conceivably this is a deeply flawed assumption as it contradicts notions of tribal sovereignty. Cautiously, this article does not romanticise past positioning of Maori peoples, nor makes claims to indigenous righteousness, rather moves to suggest that State-led education belongs part of positive outcomes for Maori, however there must be negotiation to the terms and expectations for education attendance. This paper is a catalyst for future orientated discussion aiming to broaden what education can move to become in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
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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
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