“We're all in it together”: Māori and Pacific student voices on ethnic-specific equity programmes in a New Zealand university (2016)
Type of ContentJournal Article
PublisherNga Pae o te Maramatanga
AuthorsDutton HD, Mayeda DT, Keil M, ‘Ofamo‘oni I-F-Hshow all
Ethnic- specific equity (ESE) programmes are a common feature in New Zealand universities, aimed at ameliorating the educational disadvantage experienced by Mäori and Pacific students at tertiary level. Despite the prevalence of ESE programmes, research has seldom used student voices to critically analyse programme practices. In this study, which conducted focus groups with 90 high- achieving Mäori and Pacific students from a New Zealand university, the contribution of ESE programmes to student success is highlighted. Student voices are used to explore how programmes act as a source of support, safety and role modelling for Mäori and Pacific students. Participants also provided reflection on their experiences of ESE programmes, including critiques regarding teaching quality, recruitment and retention, stereotypes, and the heterogeneity of Mäori and Pacific identities. Recommendations to universities based on student critiques are offered.
CitationDutton HD, Mayeda DT, Keil M, ‘Ofamo‘oni I-F-H “We're all in it together”: Māori and Pacific student voices on ethnic-specific equity programmes in a New Zealand university. MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship. 5(1). 3-16.
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KeywordsMäori; Pacific; tertiary education; student support services; teaching and learning; student voice
ANZSRC Fields of Research45 - Indigenous studies::4514 - Pacific Peoples education::451407 - Pacific Peoples higher education
45 - Indigenous studies::4508 - Mātauranga Māori (Māori education)::450804 - Te mātauranga kura tuatoru Māori (Māori higher education)