Date
21 January 2019
Maori students

Supporting Māori students

Culturally responsive strategies to meet the needs of Māori students who require additional support. 

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Strengthening and affirming the self-identity and self-esteem of Māori students who may need additional support to learn is a central theme.

Strategies for action

Five key strategies to support the inclusive design of learning environments for Māori students.

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Know your Māori learners

Demonstrate care by getting to know your learners and what's important to them. Make connections to their experiences and contexts to support learning and strengthen relationships.

Video hosted on Vimeo http://vimeo.com/113877186

The most profound way to create a culturally responsive context is through introducing co-construction, where the student is free to bring their own experiences into that classroom context.

Three suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Build relationships

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Share mihi

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  3. Ask the student what will help

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources

Establish reciprocal relationships

Develop positive relationships with the community of people who know the student well.

Video hosted on Youtube http://youtu.be/UrREJhOkFjw

Manaakitanga, or caring for your students’ wellbeing and learning, provides a common purpose and bond with parents and whānau.

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Build community networks

Welcome your community into the classroom and take your class out to the community.

Video hosted on Vimeo http://vimeo.com/113877058

It’s not enough to invite the community to come to you – you have to go into the community.

Two suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Value whānau and community expertise

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. ​​​Foster whānau engagement

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources

Build a culturally responsive environment

Students are more likely to achieve when they see themselves and their culture reflected positively in subject matter and learning contexts.

Video hosted on Vimeo http://vimeo.com/100662337

A high school English teacher describes how she matches her teaching strategies and learning resources to the students’ interests, experiences, and needs.

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Integrate te reo Māori and tikanga Māori

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Make cultural links

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  3. Provide leadership opportunities

    Includes:

    • Video
  4. Use technologies

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources

Explore Māori perspectives on inclusion

Develop an understanding of the different perspectives and values held by Māori parents and whānau. 

Mā te kōrero, ka mōhio.

Mā te mōhio, ka mārama.

Mā te mārama, ka mātau.

Through discussion we become aware.

Through awareness we gain understanding.

Through understanding we gain proficiency/expertise.

Whakataukī

Two suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Key resources

File

Tātaiako: Cultural competencies for teachers of Māori learners

Read time: 18 min

Tātaiako is a resource explaining competencies teachers need to develop so they can help Māori learners achieve educationally as Māori. It was developed by the Ministry of Education, the Teachers Council and a reference group of academics, teacher education practitioners, and iwi representatives involved in iwi educational initiatives.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Ka Hikitia Accelerating Success 20132017

Ka Hikitia: Accelerating Success 2013–2017

Read time: 208 min

This is a strategy for action to make a significant difference for Māori students in education for the next five years and beyond.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Working with Maori students with special education needs He mahi whakahirahira

Working with Māori students with special education needs, He mahi whakahirahira

Explores the key components of culturally responsive, evidence-based, special education practice and describes holistic and inclusive responses to educating all tamariki, especially those with identified special education need.

Publisher: The New Zealand Council for Educational Research

Price: One off charge NZ$44.95

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