Hei Toko i Te Tukunga - Enabling Māori learner success
Kupu Whakataki Introduction
The purpose of the project Hei Toko i te Tukunga (Hei Toko) is to introduce tertiary educators to the design and evaluation of teaching strategies and practices that lead to enhanced outcomes for Māori learners.
Funded by the Tertiary Education Commission, this project was completed in June 2015 and the report was launched in October.
This Hei Toko report includes:
- An overview of the strategic background that relates to Māori tertiary learners.
- An outline of key enablers and opportunities for tertiary education organisations.
- An overview of research findings on Māori learners and the role of whānau, kaupapa Māori in teaching practice; expressing the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (ToW) in your teaching practice, enhancing Māori success in your classroom and organisation.
- Providing opportunities for you to explore some of the key findings from these projects and to connect them to your own practice and context.
- Translating research findings into education practice.
- Understanding and using Kaupapa Māori as a foundation for education practice.
- Evaluating Kaupapa Māori based education practice.
Hei Toko aims to assist tertiary education organisations by supporting educators to develop and embed an evaluative approach to kaupapa Māori teaching and learning good practice. The approach enables organisations to develop a kaupapa Māori-based formative evaluation approach that is relevant to their organisation context, for example, foundation, vocational and higher education.
The term ‘educator’ includes council and board members, chief executives and senior managers, heads of departments, teachers, tutors, mentors and student support staff. ‘Good education practice’ relates to these educators engaging in practice that is supported by evidence to lead to enhanced outcomes for Māori learners in tertiary education. Hei Toko aims to provide support to educators to implement Focus Area Four of Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013 – 2017 (Ka Hikitia), which sets out four goals for tertiary education.
- Māori participate and achieve at all levels at least on a par with other students in tertiary education.
- Māori attain the knowledge, skills and qualifications that enable them to participate and achieve at all levels of the workforce.
- Grow research and development of mātauranga Māori across the tertiary sector.
- Increase participation and completion in Māori language courses at higher levels, in particular to improve the quality of Māori language teaching and provision.
Hei Toko also supports priority three of the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES): “boosting achievement for Māori and Pasifika”; and goals for greater educational participation (goal 1) and a skilled and successful workforce (goal 2) ) of He Kai Kei Aku Ringa, the Crown-Māori economic growth partnership.
He aha te Hei Toko? What is Hei Toko?
Hei Toko is a Kaupapa Māori framework for tertiary educators working with Māori learners. It allows for the description and evaluation of Kaupapa Māori good practice for:
- an organisation
- a board
- a department
- individual educators (CEO, manager, dean, HOD, teacher, teacher developer and others).
Hei Toko is a table based resource comprising six key components (see Figure I). Although kaupapa or principles are interrelated, Hei Toko addresses one kaupapa at a time. By participating in the workshop developed as part of the project work, organisations are stepped through the design process in a way that enables the approach to be tailored to their organisation capability and aspirations, and to fit with their learner contexts and aspirations.
Figure 1: Hei Toko and designing a kaupapa Māori approach for your organistion
- Kaituku – Senior Project Manager: Tama Kirikiri
Tama came to Ako Aotearoa from Te Kura Matatini o Whitireia – Whitireia New Zealand, where he worked for three years as a Strategic Advisor.
His role encompassed working on the implementation of the Whitireia Māori Strategy and its Student Experience projects, with a strong focus on staff professional development and student engagement and success. He is now a facilitator for Ako Aotearoa for the workshop based on Hei Toko i te Tukunga project, and which is only available in-house.
- Ngahiwi Apanui – (former) Deputy Director Māori, now Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori.
Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)
Project commenced: Start 2014
Project completion: Phase 1 report launched October 2015. Phase 2 is now underway with implementation of a professional development workshop, and establishment of Hei Toko i te Tukunga Putea Aromātai – Hei Toko Evaluative Fund.
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