Whānau are integral to the educational wellbeing of Māori students in English-medium education. However, very little Māori educational research has been carried out with an explicit focus on identifying the critical issues for whānau in education.
This report presents the findings of a research project conducted by NZCER in collaboration with Literacy Aotearoa. The research asked the question: “What are the impacts on whanau when parents/caregivers undertake programmes to develop their literacy and numeracy in English.”
This paper attempts to illuminate ancient pedagogies, which resonate within contemporary educational contexts. Findings from the research on Mäori traditional child rearing and teaching and learning practices could inform and contribute positively to today's learning environments.