Workshops to support Māori teachers and learners attract strong attendance
'What characterises programmes that have successful learning outcomes for Māori students?' This question forms the basis of for the Hei Tauira workshops held across the Northern region over recent months.
Hei Tauira: Teaching and Learning for Success for Māori in Tertiary Settings is a an Ako Aotearoa-funded project based on research conducted by Janinka Greenwood and Lynne-Harata Te Aika, both from the College of Education, University of Canterbury. Ako Aotearoa has supported numerous workshops facilitated by the authors around New Zealand to share the report’s findings. The 4 most recent in the Northern region attracted over 100 tertiary educators across a wide range of organisations in Auckland, Whangarei and Hamilton.
The research and its summary document highlight the key factors organisations and teachers should consider to foster greater success for Māori in tertiary education. Participants at the workshops explored the way their own organisations can address the issue, using the 5 overarching principles that form the foundation of the Hei Tauira work:
- Toko-ā-Iwi, Toko-ā Wānanga (institutional and Māori support)
- Pūkenga (knowledge and skills)
- Tikanga (Māori way of interacting)
- Ako (learning and teaching)
- Huakina te tātau (opening doors, removing obstacles).
Feedback from the workshops continues to be extremely positive and reflects how the work can be useful to participants in their varying teaching situations. The following comments emphasise the different aspects attendees particularly identified with:
- '[The workshop] assisted my teaching of law and incorporation of Tikanga and Te Reo Māori'.
- 'I enjoyed how it was based around research.'
- 'This is exactly what we are currently practising!'
The popularity and reputation of the Hei Tauira workshops continue to grow across the sector as an extremely valuable resource for people working across a wide range of tertiary settings. Hei Tauira will continue to form a very important part of Ako Aotearoa’s work to support all people working for improved Māori tertiary success.
As part of Ako Aotearoa’s ongoing drive to evaluate the impact of these initiatives, the Northern Hub will be conducting follow-up discussions with attendees to explore if and how this work has been introduced to their teaching practice as a result of the workshops. Furthermore, we will provide additional support if required, to assist attendees with incorporating this work to their teaching situations.
Visit the project page for more information, or to download the full report and summary document.