Māku anō e hanga, i toku nei whare - I will build my own house

Funding year: 
2018
Duration:
2 years
Organisation: 
University of Waikato
Sector: 
School sector
Project start date: 
January 2018
Project end date: 
March 2020
Principal investigator(s): 
Leeana Herewini and Ngārewa Hāwera
Research team members: 
Five Year 4-6 Kaiako
Research partners: 
Kaiako, ākonga and senior leadership team from Te Wharekura o Rākaumanga in Huntly are our partners

 

Project Description

This project positions kaiako and community as key to advancing aspirations for their tamariki. It involves working alongside five kaiako and their ākonga in a Modern Learning Environment (MLE) to explore and enhance pāngarau teaching and learning experiences

Aims

The goal of this project is to explore ways that ākonga (student) engagement and achievement in pāngarau (mathematics) in a Māori Medium  MLE setting can be enhanced. This project aims to explore the challenges and advantages of teaching and learning pāngarau in one Years 4-6 MLE in a wharekura. In the first year we will explore current pāngarau teaching and learning experiences, understandings, attitudes and beliefs. In the second year we will work together to trial and refine innovative pāngarau teaching approaches that take advantage of the affordances of the MLE to strengthen success for kaiako (teachers) and ākonga. Findings will contribute insights into MLE pāngarau experiences generally in Aotearoa and more specifically, those in a Māori Medium (MM) MLE setting. Project findings aim to be of interest  as well to other international indigenous contexts seeking to enhance mathematics learning for their ākonga.

Why is this research important?

Early research suggests that MLEs are settings requiring different thinking regarding use of space and physical elements (buildings, furniture) and non-physical elements (pedagogy). There is little research about how to teach pāngarau effectively in MLEs in Aotearoa, especially in Māori Medium (MM) settings. This research is imperative when considering current government policies emphasising the importance of enhancing Māori ākonga engagement and achievement in pāngarau.
As well as informing Māori and English Medium settings about the potential of MLEs as sites of innovative teaching and learning in pāngarau, it will also provide kaiako with experience into inquiry processes by offering them opportunities to reflect on and develop their pedagogical knowledge for this relatively new teaching context.

What we plan to do

There are two phases to this research.  In the first year all ākonga will be asked to complete an on-line survey about their learning experiences. Kaiako will be interviewed about their teaching experiences and 8-10 ākonga about their learning in the MLE. All ākonga will also provide illustrations at two different points in the year showing how they view their learning experiences in pāngarau.
In the second year, based on data analysed thematically from kaiako and ākonga, the team will select particular aspects to focus on for future teaching. Lessons that explore the potential of the MLE space to accelerate pāngarau learning and motivation will be co-constructed and co-taught. As well as further illustrations about their learning being completed again by all ākonga, kaiako and students will be invited to share their views about the effectiveness of the teaching and learning practices.

Our partners

Kaiako, ākonga and senior leadership team from Te Wharekura o Rākaumanga in Huntly are our partners.

Contact details

Leeana Herewini
Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, The University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240
leeana.herewini@waikato.ac.nz
027 240 8942

Ngārewa Hāwera
Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, The University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240
ngarewa.hawera@waikato.ac.nz
027 471 7676