Leading schooling in Aotearoa New Zealand: Understanding and supporting the weight of culture for Māori teachers (2018)
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Leading schools in Aotearoa New Zealand is a critical role. In a bicultural country, a key aspect of this role is developing a school ethos where culturally responsive practices are strongly embedded. Frequently, this is considered in light of the tamariki and rangatahi and their whānau within the wider school community. However, an area where there is a dearth of research is the experiences of Māori teachers working in mainstream schooling. This article focuses on the lived realities of six Māori teachers who completed a graduate qualification in immersion and bilingual teaching in Māori, and returned to their respective schools. The research consisted of the collection and analysis of a detailed written questionnaire and semi-structured interviews with the Māori teachers. The research found that the additional professional and cultural tasks and responsibilities that this group of Māori teachers undertook often went unrecognised financially or otherwise by their employers and fellow colleagues. These Māori teachers felt they were “culturally obliged” to tautoko the students they serve and to support their schools’ respective Māori communities.
CitationTorepe T, Macfarlane A, Macfarlane S, Fletcher J, Manning R (2018). Leading schooling in Aotearoa New Zealand: Understanding and supporting the weight of culture for Māori teachers. Journal of Educational Leadership Policy and Practice. 33(2). 48-59.
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KeywordsMāori teachers; leadership; principals; culturally responsive practices; schooling in Aotearoa New Zealand; school ethos
ANZSRC Fields of Research39 - Education::3904 - Specialist studies in education::390403 - Educational administration, management and leadership
39 - Education::3903 - Education systems::390306 - Secondary education
45 - Indigenous studies::4508 - Mātauranga Māori (Māori education)::450808 - Te mātauranga kura tuarua Māori (Māori secondary education)
39 - Education::3904 - Specialist studies in education::390412 - Teacher and student wellbeing
39 - Education::3903 - Education systems::390307 - Teacher education and professional development of educators
Ngā Upoko Tukutuku / Māori Subject HeadingsMātauranga | Education::Waihanga | Teaching methods::Kura tuarua | Kura kāreti; Education, Secondary school (Mainstream); Schools, Secondary (Mainstream); Secondary school education (Mainstream); Secondary schools (Mainstream)
Mātauranga | Education::Mōhiotanga | Knowledge::Ako | Learning::Kaiako | Kaiwhakaako; Kura mahita; Pouako; Coaches; Educators; Mentors; Teachers (Contemporary)
Mātauranga | Education::Waihanga | Teaching methods::Kaiako | Kaiwhakaako; Kura mahita; Pouako; Coaches; Educators; Mentors; Teachers (Contemporary)
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