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Kaiako Toa: Highly successful teachers in low decile schools

Vicki M. Carpenter, Colleen McMurchy-Pilkington, and Sue Sutherland

A substantial number of teachers working in Auckland’s poor urban primary schools are highly successful in their practice. They have an expertise that takes children to their academic and personal potential, and they achieve success in a way that does not alienate children from their diverse home contexts. Case study research focusing on nine such teachers has found that a combination of 11 attitudes and beliefs is integral to all their pedagogies.

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