The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Mātauranga o Aotearoa both promote teaching as inquiry. Teaching as inquiry is a process of ongoing reflection on the impact of teaching on learners so changes can be made where necessary. It needs to be embedded within everyday teaching, and not just done at the end of the year for appraisal or reporting purposes.
This kete shows how some teachers are using teaching as inquiry to improve their impact on the achievement of their Māori learners.
Teachers are required to set their own learning goals as part of their professional learning and development. They use student data to do this. The teaching as inquiry cycle then guides their process for reaching these goals.
Since any teaching strategy works differently in different contexts for different students, effective pedagogy requires that teachers inquire into the impact of their teaching on their students.; Source: The New Zealand Curriculum 2007, page 35
Teachers as learners (image)
Learning stories – Story 6
This example (story 6 from a set of seven) from NZ Curriculum Online shows how one teacher used a topic that engaged her Māori and Pasifika students in drawing on their own family stories to learn about cultural identity.
Ka Hikitia case studies
These videos feature interviews with principals and staff of five schools and provide examples of the Ka Hikitia principles in action. They can be used for individual study or group discussion.
The case studies can be selected and viewed in a number of ways. These links give some suggestions to get you started:
Ka Hikitia critical factors – quality provision, strong engagement.
Ka Hikitia principles – Treaty of Waitangi; Māori potential approach; ako; identity, language, and culture; and productive partnerships.
Ka Hikitia school context – composite, intermediate, full primary, primary, secondary, immersion, bilingual, roll size, and Māori roll.
These materials illustrate how teachers have used an inquiry approach to teaching to become more culturally responsive and to improve outcomes for their Māori and Pasifika students.
This document is part of a set of materials for teachers and school leaders that explores teaching as inquiry and culturally responsive pedagogies within specific curriculum areas. The full set is available online at http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/inquiry
This series of case studies across 5 schools includes 32 videos with key focus points and questions. The videos feature interviews with principals and staff and provide examples of the Ka Hikitia principles in action. These aim to start a conversation amongst teachers, whānau, boards of trustees, principals, and parents by sharing the stories of those who are engaged in making a difference for their Māori students.