This study explores the notion of the Māori Modern Learning Environment (MMLE), and explores how this ‘space’ is understood and utilised by Maori teachers, students and whanau of the two Māori-medium pathways, and within the wider English-medium primary school context. This pūrākau (case-study style project) takes a strengths-based approach, and is based on the experiences, pedagogies and the potential of Te Akā Pūkaea, Newton Central School.
1. To provide an in-depth pūrākau (case-study) of Te Akā Pūkaea as a MMLE that facilitates dual Māori-medium pathways.
2. To develop success indicators of a MMLE in relation to Māori-medium education, including key Māori pedagogies that enhance Māori language and educational development for all learners (in both pathways).
3. To better understand Māori concepts of ‘space’, and the way this is practiced in a MMLE context, and its impact in the wider English-medium school (spatial bi-culturalism).
(Waikato, Te Ahiwaru, Ngāti Mahuta)
(Ngāti Pikiahu, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Tūtemohuta, Tūrangitūkua, Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Whātua)
(Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kahu, Ngai Takoto, Ngāti Whātua ki Kaipara)
Newton Central School
New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) as coordinators of the Teaching & Learning Research Initiative (TLRI)