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The importance of the teacher/student relationship for Māori and Pasifika students

Kay Hawk, Esther Tumama Cowley, Jan Hill, and Sue Sutherland

In three separate research projects involving Māori and Pasifika lower SES students in the Auckland region, the dominant theme to emerge is the critical importance of the relationship between teacher and learner. When a positive relationship exists, students are more motivated to learn, they participate more actively in their learning, and the learning is likely to be more effective. The paper explores the components of the relationship that were common to students from primary through to tertiary study.

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