Increasingly, student voice is a powerful influence on learning. Student voice helps to:
- plan the content, pace of learning and next steps
- provide feedback to the teacher as to what they have grasped and where they may need more support
- describe what makes an effective teacher.
What works for Māori learners
This gallery provides a mix of videos and documents that consider the importance of student voice in engaging Māori learners and supporting their achievement.
So we’re saying to teachers, ‘Let’s focus on Māori students and trust us, because it won’t hurt anybody … everybody will do well from it.’
Changing Māori educational experiences (video)
What’s good for Māori (video)
Engaging adolescents in learning
The following presentations are from the Edscapes conference, Mapping Teachers’ Professional Lives. The conference was held in Wellington in April 2011. It brought together a mix of practice-based workshops and inspiring speakers on the themes of leadership, engagement and professional activism.
by Christine Richmond (April 2011).
by Rose Hipkins (April 2011).
In this video from Te Kotahitanga, Russell Bishop discusses the importance of learners being able to bring their own experiences into the classroom and have them validated.
Te Kotahitanga researchers asked Māori learners to share their experience of learning. The videos in this resource allow teachers to hear student’s voices.
Christine Richmond (April 2011). Edscapes presentation (post-keynote) from the PPTA website
Rose Hipkins (April 2011) . Edscapes presentation from the PPTA website
There are several guiding documents that offer support to educators as they examine their practice and understand the importance of engaging with student voice and learner agency. They help educators harness the power of Māori learners’ voices.
Students who expect and are expected to succeed are more likely to succeed.Source: Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017, page 38
Ka Hikitia: Māori potential approach (image)
Listening to whānau (image)
Learning from Te Kotahitanga (image)
Ka Hikitia is a strategy to guide actions that will make a significant difference for Māori students in education for these five years and beyond. We know Māori students do much better when education reflects and values their identity, language and culture. This is a central focus within Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017.
Te Kotahitanga was a research and professional development programme that:
1) supported teachers to improve Māori students' learning and achievement, enabling teachers to create a culturally responsive context for learning which is responsive to evidence of student performance and understandings
2) enabled school leaders, and the wider school community, to focus on changing school structures and organisations to more effectively support teachers in this endeavour.
Mere Berryman and Therese Ford (2014)
This eBook is hosted on the Kia Eke Panuku website. It explores important ideas about creating powerful educational relationships with whānau, hapū and iwi. It examines messages from research and provides strategies, tools, resources and videos to help put the ideas into practice.