Learner-centred research at Tuia Te Ako 2012
Research into aspects of teaching and learning was a prominent feature on the Tuia Te Ako 2012 programme. Six Ako Aotearoa-funded research projects featured at the hui. They came from very different parts of the tertiary sector including health sciences, industry training, institutes of technology and polytechnics, early childhood education and community/marae learning.
Dr Rhys Jones from The University of Auckland kick-started a busy first day presenting the findings of his study – Assessing Hauora Māori in clinical settings which is due to be completed soon.
Jenny Connor, Cain Kerehoma and Verna Niao followed this with an update on their industry training-focused project, Māori learners in workplace settings.
We were particularly thrilled to launch 2 recently completed projects. First up in the afternoon was the presentation on the early childhood study Bicultural competence in early childhood education led by Ngaroma Williams. This preceded a stampede for the high quality teaching and learning resources that have been developed as part of that study.
The second project to be launched was Tātou Tātou: Success for all, a research project taken from a learner perspective presented by Dr Elana Taipapaki Curtis from The University of Auckland. The study has resulted in the development of a Quality Tertiary Teaching profile (QTTe) featuring 5 key areas for institutions to consider in building better support for Māori learners’ success in health professional education.
Dianne Gordon-Burns and Leanne Campbell kicked off the second day with a presentation on their report Inakitia rawatia hei kākano mō āpōpō: Early childhood student teachers encounter te ao Māori. This project was supported by Ako Aotearoa’s Southern Regional Hub.
The final research presentation was given by Taranaki Māori language champion, Ruakere Hond. His team’s project report Tahia Te Marae, Tahia Te Wānanga provides some interesting insights into marae-based education and the benefits it brings to the community involved that may be helpful for similar communities.
Ako Aotearoa is extremely proud to support these projects. They represent a growing and diverse Māori research community that is contributing excellent work towards better outcomes for Māori learners, in all parts of the tertiary education sector. In the words of the opening keynote speaker, Dr Huirangi Waikerepuru, 'e kore au e ngaro he kākano i ruia mai i rangiātea’ – ‘I shall not be lost, I am a seed sown from Rangiātea’.