Use of ICT to support Māori students’ learning
Tuesday, June 28 2:45 PM-3:45 PM
Presider:Kurt Ackermann, Hokusei Gakuen University Junior College, Japan
Māori students have been over-represented in those students who are achieving below or well below the New Zealand Ministry of Education’s National Standards for reading, writing and mathematics for primary students (Parr, 2010). In this pilot project four teachers, from two suburban primary schools, completed a survey, were interviewed, and observed in the classroom to examine how they used information and communication technology/ies (ICT) to support the learning of their Māori students. An aim of the pilot project was to extend these teachers’ professional learning by having them inquire into their own practice (Ministry of Education, 2007), and having them form a community of practice (Wenger, 1998) to further develop their knowledge of Māori pedagogies (see, for example, Rewi, 2007; Glynn, Cowie, Ortell-Cass, & MacFarlane, 2010) and cultural competencies (Ministry of Education, 2011).