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Tauira : Maori Methods of Learning and Teaching (Paperback) (Joan Metge)

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Drawing on taped interviews from the 1980s, done in the course of collaborative research on the whanau in the modern world, Metge, a Pakeha, or non-Maori New Zealander, presents her book focusing on Maori methods of learning and teaching whanau and community, while, at the same time, shedding new light on a neglected period in New Zealand history. As the child of two teachers she was constantly exposed to discussions about teaching methods while concomitantly being privy to the Maori world through friends, an experience which seeded an enduring interest in the problems and rewards of cross-cultural communication. A newly-minted anthropologist in the 1950s, she was shocked to see the phrase “Maori education” used invariably when referring to the education of Maori children in the formal school system, which implicitly denied the value and existence of the learning and teaching taking place in indigenous houses and communities. Moreover, based on non-indigenous assumptions, underachievement was commonly attributed to deficiencies in the home environment. She notes the richness and variety of the interviewees’ accounts of their learning experiences as children. She emphasizes children’s learning outside school in the middle of the twentieth century as education which reinforced their identity as Maori and built their capacity to play effective roles as adults both at home and in the wider society. Not unlike Western approaches, a variety of approaches to learning utilized by indigenous elders include learning by doing, learning in context, memorization, and sowing seeds for future learning. Distributed by Independent Publishers Group. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
In te reo Maori, tauira? means both student and teacher. In the book Tauira, acclaimed educator and anthropologist Joan Metge introduces readers to Maori methods of teaching and learning that are rich in lessons for us all. Based on extensive interviews, this book offers a window on a mid-twentieth-century rural Maori world as described by those who grew up there. Metge?s work tackles important questions about Maori teaching and learning of this period: What was the role of whanau and hapu, household and marae, kaumatua and siblings, work and play? How much learning was practical and how much by teaching? Metge shows that Maori ways of learning flourished alongside the school system especially in rural Northland, the Bay of Plenty and on the East Cape and that those educational practices had a particular form and philosophy. Maori focused on learning by doing, teaching in context, learning in a group, memorising, and advancement when ready. Parents, grandparents and community leaders imparted cultural knowledge as well as practical skills to the younger generation through daily life and storytelling, in whanau and community activities. In preserving this evidence and these voices from the past, this important book also offers much inspiration for the future.
Number of Pages: 309
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Education
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Author: Joan Metge
Language: English
Street Date: September 1, 2015
TCIN: 46769370
UPC: 9781869408220
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-9190
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