Te Wero, The Challenge: Providing Students from Ethnic Minorities with Culturally Appropriate Learning Support During their First Year of Tertiary Study

By Margaret Henley.

Published by The Learner Collection

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With the increasing massification of content delivery in tertiary education, students who fail to ‘catch the tide’ in the ‘one size fits all’ teaching programmes are often left exposed and dispirited. In Aotearoa New Zealand, indigenous Māori students and those of Polynesian heritage are over represented in this category of under achievement or failure where language difficulties or cultural expectations are not an easy fit with mainstream practice. However, some of these issues can be addressed if disciplined-centred teaching structures are put in place to provide these students with a culturally welcoming alternative which supports them in the mainstream. Backed by longitudinal analysis, this paper aims to offer a blueprint from which others can adapt equity initiatives designed to meet the needs of ethnic groups who may be struggling to find a learning space within a first year tertiary environment.
“Feed a man with fish, he will live from day to day,
teach him how to fish, he will live forever” (Māori Proverb)

Keywords: Indigenous Tertiary Education, Equity, New Technology

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 9, pp.207-220. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.238MB).

Margaret Henley

Senior Tutor, Department of Film, Television & Media Studies, University of Auckland, Auckland, Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Margaret Henley lectures in film and media at the University of Auckland with a specialist interest in media sport and issues of Equity in tertiary teaching. Over the past 10 years she has set up and administered equity based tutorial and mentoring framework within her own department. She is currently engaged in a longitudinal study analysing the work/study/life balance of students as they progress through each year level of their undergraduate study.


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