“You’ve gotta set a precedent”: Māori and Pacific voices on student success in higher education (2014)
Type of ContentJournal Article
AuthorsMayeda DT, Keil M, Dutton HD, 'Ofamo‘oni, IFHshow all
© 2014, SAGE Publications Inc. All rights reserved. A substantial body of literature has examined the challenges that indigenous students face in higher education. Across Aotearoa New Zealand, the indigenous Māori population is under-represented at the university level, as are ethnically diverse Pacific students who trace their ancestries to neighbouring Pacific nations. This study relies on focus group interviews with high-achieving Māori and Pacific students (N = 90) from a large New Zealand university. Using kaupapa Māori (theory and methodology grounded in a Māori world view) and Pacific research principles, the study identifies the social factors contributing to indigenous students’ educational success. Three broad themes emerged from discussions: family and university role modelling and support; indigenous teaching and learning practices; and resilient abilities to cope with everyday colonialism and racism. A positive indigenous ethnic identity ties these themes together, ultimately serving as the steady factor driving Māori and Pacific students’ achievement motivation.
CitationMayeda DT, Keil M, Dutton HD, ‘Ofamo‘oni FH (2014). “You’ve gotta set a precedent”: Māori and Pacific voices on student success in higher education. AlterNative. 10(2). 165-179.
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KeywordsMäori; Pacific; indigenous; higher education; achievement motivation; everyday colonialism
ANZSRC Fields of Research45 - Indigenous studies::4508 - Mātauranga Māori (Māori education)
45 - Indigenous studies::4514 - Pacific Peoples education
39 - Education::3903 - Education systems::390303 - Higher education
39 - Education::3904 - Specialist studies in education::390402 - Education assessment and evaluation