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Difference and desire: Dividing classrooms by ethnicity

Alison Jones

This article sets out to ask questions about the desire for dialogue across cultural groups – a desire which is strongly held by many Pakeha in education. Pakeha educationist Alison Jones, drawing on her experience of teaching Maori, Pacific and Pakeha students at university level, argues that behind the benevolent demand for learning about others’ culture and experiences may be a desire by Pakeha for redemption and ongoing dominance.

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