Monthly Archives: February 2012

Negotiating biculturalism

Another thesis that looks interesting… Negotiating biculturalism : deconstructing pākehā subjectivity : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology at Massey University, Turitea Campus, Aotearoa/New Zealand Campbell, Bronwyn Margaret … Continue reading

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Thesis exploring the learning journey undertaken by international students in NZ universities

Gillian Ray Skyrme’s thesis (2008) on the experience of international students studying at a tertiary level in New Zealand (to improve their English and to gain qualifications) makes interesting reading. Expectations, emerging issues and change for Chinese international students in … Continue reading

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Explaining the strands of Te Whariki

“Mana Atua, which is about personal wellbeing, recognises the mauri within people, other creatures, and inanimate objects (p.20 Te Whariki, 1996). Intrinsic to the development of Mana Tangata, the development of confidence to contribute to life, are concepts of ‘the spirit … Continue reading

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Narrative, Metaphor and The possibilities of kaupapa Maori

In their argument for the inclusion of kaupapa Maori theory and practice in mainstream schools, Bishop and Glynn discuss the importance of both narrative and metaphor and the impact of these on teaching practice. They write: “Narrative pedagogies provide one … Continue reading

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New Zealand’s failure to help children born into poor families

http://platform.twitter.com/widgets/hub.1326407570.html “A global report has found that children’s reading abilities are tied more closely to their socio-economic backgrounds in New Zealand than in any other country. The OECD 2011 Education at a Glance report, based on results from the Programme … Continue reading

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United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

(The full document is available online at the United Nations website) Article 3 Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development. Article 5 … Continue reading

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Control progress around young

“A prudent society controls its own infatuation with ‘progress’ when planning for its young.”[1] [1] Quoting Jane Healy P1  Alison Armstrong and Charles Casement (c2000) The Child and the Machine; how computers put our children’s education at risk.  Robins lane … Continue reading

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Te Whariki – a brief description of the responsibilities it articulates towards the Treaty

I know the early childhood curriculum, Te Whariki, is now overdue for review, but meanwhile… I like Jenny Ritchie’s description of its depiction of responsibilities to Maori and the Treaty of Waitangi. She writes: “Te Whariki … recognises that since … Continue reading

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Maori education and the Treaty of Waitangi

In a speech given by Mason Durie (Rangitane, Ngati Kauwhata, Ngati Raukawa) in 2001, he outlined some goals for Maori education (refer earlier blog). He also observes that: “One of the more contentious issues for education in New Zealand is … Continue reading

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“What is this thinking that schools call inquiry?” Louise Thomson writes…

A post by Louise Thomson on the National Library caught my eye: She writes (and I hope she won’t mind my reproducing it – worthwhile stuff!): – scaffolded – variation on a theme – using a variety of resources (both people and things) … Continue reading

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