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Case studies

The links in the left-hand menu take you to overviews of the 11 case studies from schools involved in the Te Kauhua Pilot 2001-2003.

The case studies cover the professional development focus of the schools involved, the intended outcomes of their particular programme, and key results.

The lessons for ongoing practice and conclusions they draw are useful for all schools concerned with raising the achievement of Māori learners.

Click on the school’s name in the left-hand menu or in the list below to read the related case study.

Greerton Village School focused on growing teacher capacity in:

  • innovative approaches to literacy
  • tikanga and te reo Māori practices
  • an enhanced repertoire of pedagogical strategies
  • strategies to strengthen home-school relationships.

Mawhera/Greymouth Cluster focused on:

  • culturally inclusive school learning communities
  • relationship building strategies
  • integrated lesson planning and alternative teaching and learning strategies
  • classroom te reo Māori
  • evolving school policies and plans that nurture Māori student achievement.

Otautahi Christchurch Cluster focused on:

  • te reo Māori and tikanga Māori in classroom practice
  • relationship building with Māori parents and whānau.

Rotorua Boys' High School focused on:

  • equipping teachers with strategies to facilitate enhanced Māori student achievement in NCEA
  • improving all teachers' understanding of Māori pedagogy and translating this into enhanced classroom practice
  • implementing a Māori student mentoring programme
  • establishing a Māori Academy to support year 12 Māori student retention.

Rotorua Lakes Cluster (Rotorua Lakes High School and Mokoia Intermediate School) focused on building teacher capacity in:

  • relationship building
  • teacher-student interactional patterns that support student attendance, engagement, retention, and participation in examinations
  • the use of an increased range of teaching and learning strategies to implement in literacy and numeracy programmes
  • the use of classroom te reo Māori.

Taumarunui High School focused on marae-based wananga aimed to grow teacher capacity in:

  • the use of instructional te reo Māori vocabulary
  • understanding Treaty of Waitangi responsibilities in classroom and school-wide practices
  • assisting students to set goals
  • relationship building strategies.

Tauranga Boys' College focused on:

  • equipping science teachers with a repertoire of effective teaching strategies
  • implementing a Māori student mentoring programme
  • developing teacher capacity in literacy programmes
  • relationship building with the wider Māori community.

Te Akau ki Papamoa School focused on the development and refinement of a model of student and teacher appraisal. This involved developing:

  • effective student and teacher goal setting and evaluation strategies
  • teacher expertise in the use of appraisals as a guide to daily curriculum delivery
  • alternative forms of assessment.

Waitakere College focused on:

  • identifying and implementing strategies to enhance Māori student retention and academic success
  • equipping teachers with tools to improve classroom practice
  • building a supportive whanau environment
  • developing an inclusive school culture.

Waitara Schools Cluster (Waitara Central and St Josephs Primary schools) focused on:

  • a school wide initiative to enhance classroom and physical environments
  • student-centred interactional teaching and assessment strategies
  • strategies for growing independent, engaged learners
  • positive student-teacher interactions
  • developing teacher confidence te reo Māori and tikanga Māori
  • developing teacher capacity in literacy programmes.

Wanganui City College focused on developing teacher capacity in:

  • relationship building with students, whānau and community
  • understanding tikanga Māori principles and practices
  • facilitating effective classroom practices
  • literacy and numeracy programmes.

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