This book focuses on what it is like to be a young Maori person in a New Zealand secondary school classroom today. It presents and discusses narratives drawn from the voices of Maori secondary students, their whanau, 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 Maori 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 of students from Maori and Pacific origins.
Russell Bishop is Professor of Maori Education at Waikato University. He has studied the implications of Maori people's understandings of self-determination in research and schools for fifteen years, and his work has became the basis for a nationwide research and professional development project for teachers. Mere Berryman is currently the Director of the Ministry of Education (Special Education) Poutama Pounamu Education Research and Development Centre.