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Connecting science teachers with their Māori students: Linking one school’s tuata with forest ecology

Kathrin Otrel-Cass, Bronwen Cowie and Ted Glynn

This is one teacher’s story of how connecting her science teaching to the cultural background of her Māori students increased their motivation and enthusiasm. By linking a topic on forest ecology with the students’ existing interest in the school’s new tuata (carved ceremonial post), she was able to develop a collaborative inquiry-based project with her students that had them asking “Is it science today?”

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