New Education Strategies are Needed for the Development of Maori Scientists

Gary Raumati-Hook and Lynne Parehaereone Raumati recently pointed out that, while Maori education success is increasingly ‘on the agenda’, as it were, the specific hows and whys of ensuring Maori success in science are not being addressed – and need to.

They write:

“Maori are underrepresented in the sciences. Examination of educational data kindly provided by the Ministry of Education has led to the conclusion that Maori are underrepresented in the successful completion of science degrees in the universities of New Zealand. The more advanced the degree, the greater the deficiency (Hook 2007a, 2008). Non-Maori earn science degrees at rates between two and five times those of Maori. This deficit calls for investigation and possible educational intervention. The intervention suggested must, however, protect the ability of Maori students to participate as Maori – especially since the bulk of the teaching would probably have to come from Pakeha teachers, at least in the early stages of the intervention. In the long term the most effective process for the advancement of Maori in the sciences must involve the enhanced recruitment and training of Maori teachers.” (p.212)

They also ask: “does the deliberate rendering of science invisible within current educational strategies targeting indigenous people speak to an oversight, or even an ‘anti-science’ sentiment, within the educational authorities of New Zealand?” (p.213)

Ref: Gary Raumati-Hook and Lynne Parehaereone Raumati (2011) New Education Strategies are Needed for the Development of Maori Scientists, pp.205-214 in  Ed. Paul Whitinui (2011) Kia Tangi Te Tītī – Permission to Speak: Successful schooling for Māori students in the 21st century issues, challenges and alternatives. NZCER Press: Wellington

NOTE also: reference is made to: Hook, GR (2006). The future of Maori education I: The dissociation of culture and education, MAI Review, I, Article 2, http://www.review.mai.ac.nz/index.php/MR/article/view/8/197
Hook, GR (2007a). Maori technological capacity II: Science in the universities and polytechnics of New Zealand. MAI Review, 3, Article 2. http://www.review.mai.ac.nz/index.php/MR/article/view/69/87
Hook, GR (2007b) The future of Maori education II: The reintegration of culture and education. MAI Review I, Target Article. http://www.review.mai.ac.nz/index.php/MR/article/view/22/22 
Hook, GR (2008). Maori students in science: Hope for the future. MAI Review, I, Article 2. http://www.review.mai.ac.nz/index.php/MR/article/view/24/2

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