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Te Kauhua Phase 1: The Pilot Phase

Initiated in 2001, the Te Kauhua pilot provided a number of schools the opportunity to explore, trial, and develop innovative models of professional development that support teacher effectiveness in addressing the achievement of Māori learners in English-medium education.

The project was facilitated, managed, and evaluated in schools, for and by teachers. In this way the professional development activities were contextualised within teachers' practice settings.

As part of their action research, these schools collected evidence using a range of tools, including:

  • facilitator-designed questionnaires
  • teacher attitudinal change tools
  • Māori student achievement matrices
  • interview schedules
  • questionnaires and surveys of staff, students, and whānau/community members
  • reflective journals
  • observation tools
  • standardised tests
  • school statistical data
  • focus groups.

The schools then created case studies about the professional development focus of their schools, the intended outcomes of their programme, and their key results. The lessons for ongoing practice and conclusions they draw are useful for all schools concerned with improving the acheivement of Māori learners in English-medium education.

Findings from the Te Kauhua pilot suggested six key themes that are critical to the success of Te Kauhua professional development. To read more about these key themes and case studies please click these sections on the left-hand menu.

For more information about the Te Kauhua pilot phase read the Phase 1 research report here.




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