Culture Speaks: Cultural Relationships and Classroom Learning
Professor Russell Bishop and Mere Berryman interviewed a large number of Maori high school students, their families, teachers and school principals. These interviews have produced a disturbing snapshot of the current New Zealand education system. The message is simple and powerful. Classroom relationships are paramount. Disabling professional and personal relationships between teachers and Maori students have a direct negative effect on students' learning.
But the good news from the research is that a professional development programme, Te Kotahitanga, has been developed. This identifies the barriers to educational achievement of Maori and proposes solutions.
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I recently attended the Te Kotahitanga Voices Conference 2008. It was the best professional development I have had in my entire teaching career, I am still on a learning high from it. The conference ... Read full review
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