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Tauira: Maori Methods of Learning and Teaching
by Metge, Joan

ISBN: 9781869408220
PUBLISHER: Auckland University Press
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 224
DIMENSIONS: 21 x 14 x 2.5 centimetres 14.2 ounces

Based on extensive interviews with 21 individuals, this book allows us to listen to M?ori from Northland recall the mid-20th century rural world in which they grew up. MetgeAEs work tackles important questions about M?ori teaching and learning: What was the role of whanau and hapu, household and marae, kaumatua and siblings, work and play in learning? How much learning was practical and how much by teaching? Metge shows that M?ori ways of learning flourished alongside the school system in rural Northland and that those educational practices had a particular form and philosophy. M?ori focused on learning by doing, teaching in context, learning in a group, memorising, and advancement when ready. M?ori of rural Northland imparted cultural knowledge as well as practical skills through daily life and storytelling, in whanau and community activities. Under achievement of M?ori children in state schools is often attributed to deficiencies in the childrenAEs home environment. Joan Metge presents a different view. She introduces readers to M?ori methods of teaching and learning that are rich in lessons for us all.

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