He waiū whenua, he whakamāhuri tōtora - From an Indigenous base, the sapling [learner] matures
Ka'ai, Tania (2006) He waiū whenua, he whakamāhuri tōtora - From an Indigenous base, the sapling [learner] matures. In: 31st International Conference: Improving University Teaching, 3-6 July 2006, Dunedin.
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HE WHAKARÄPOPOTOTANGA: ABSTRACT Empowering Learners is the theme I have been invited to speak about today reflecting critically on: “how we as teachers and researchers address complex problems that improve learning quality [with particular attention] to innovative approaches for helping students learn effectively and, research on policy issues, teaching/research links, and diversity issues.” This paper will provide a very personal response to the topic. It will unfold a history linking my diverse cultural background to some key values and principles which have shaped my philosophy of teaching and which underpin everything I do as an academic. I will discuss how these principles inform my teaching, my research and my leadership and management style and, how they sustain me in my work as a minority, both ethnically and as a woman within the university academy. This will provide the foundation to understand my work as a scholar in Mäori, Pacific and Indigenous studies and a framework to showcase an innovative teaching resource Te Tumu, the School of Mäori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, is currently creating in partnership with the Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC) called, Te Whanake Online. This programme is closely linked to a lifetime of research by a colleague of mine, Professor John Moorfield. Furthermore, the programme has been designed to help students of Mäori language learn more effectively. This will demonstrate the interconnectedness between research, teaching and innovative resources that improve the quality of learning in a richly diverse discipline such as we have in Te Tumu with relevance particularly on the Mäori component of Te Tumu.
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