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Culture speaks : cultural relationships and…

Culture speaks : cultural relationships and classroom learning

by Russell Bishop

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This book focuses on what it is like to be a young Māori person in a New Zealand secondary school classroom today. It presents and discusses narratives drawn from the voices of Māori secondary students, their whānau, principals and teachers. Whether you are a student, a parent, a principal or a teacher, this book will help you to examine your own explanations for the educational achievement of Māori students, and begin to develop effective responses to the challenges it raises. The book proposes strategies for teachers to increase their effectiveness in the teaching and learning of students from Māori and Pacific origins.
  COREEducation | Oct 27, 2015 |
I recently attended the Te Kotahitanga Voices Conference 2008. It was the best professional development I have had in my entire teaching career, I am still on a learning high from it. The conference "awakened the giant within" to quote Anthony Robbins, to the absolute gift I have as an agent of proactive change in a Mainstream New Zealand Secondary School with a predominantly maori population and with strong need to raise the achievement levels of maori students to an equitable standard. When what needs to be done is on the tip of the tongue, turn to books such as culture speaks, listen to the voices of the students and you will be empowered by the conversations from all stakeholders, especially the rangatahi. I found this an easy read as I am the maori learner within it's pages, both engaged and disengaged, a parent, a learning leader and a teacher, I have taken on each one of these roles over the years. I found it extremely useful as a teacher to read and absorb the rich written descriptions told by the tamariki of "the ideal teacher". Well done Russell Bishop, Mere Berryman and the Te Kotahitanga team. We look to your fold with the envy of the Martians in War of the Worlds and ask the universe to hasten the day when Lytton High School is a Te Kotahitanga school and Tairawhiti a Te Kotahitanga region. Thank you for having the vision to open up your conference to approving onlookers such as myself and having fantastic books like this one available to purchase. ( )
  Paapere | Dec 2, 2008 |
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"Professor Russell Bishop and Mere Berryman interviewed a large number of Maori high school students, their families, teachers and school principals. These interviews have produced a disturbing snapshot of the current New Zealand education system. The message is simple and powerful. Classroom relationships are paramount. Disabling professional and personal relationships between teachers and Maori students have a direct negative effect on students' learning." "But the good news from the research is that a professional development programme, Te Kotahitanga, has been developed. This identifies the barriers to educational achievement of Maori and proposes solutions."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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