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Exploring te ao Māori: The role of museums

Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips, Vanessa Paki, Louana Fruean, Garth Armstrong and Neil Crowe

Museums offer many opportunities for developing knowledge of the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand. This article reports on research involving a kindergarten located in a national museum. It discusses children’s growing understanding of te ao Māori (the world of Māori) through their regular visits to the collections and exhibits in the museum and suggests teachers in early childhood centres may find connecting with their local museum a valuable resource for enhancing bicultural practice.

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