Welcome to Building on Success.


Using student voice for learning

http://maori-ed.tki.org.nz/what-works-for-maori-learners-and-why/using-student-voice-for-learning/

There are many ways that student voice can be gathered and used as part of supporting Māori learners to be successful as Māori. The methodology used is dependent on the purpose of the inquiry.

Tools and resources for gathering student voice

The contributions in this gallery offer examples from schools and teachers that focus on how they gather, analyse, and use student voice for improvement.

Contributions and resources

Setting the tone (video)
What makes a really good teacher?

This video asks the question “What do students want from their teacher?”

View transcript

Source: Ministry of Education

Setting the tone
Gathering Māori student voice

Suggested questions for an inquiry about the Māori students in your school

The following slides present some suggested questions from the Te Mana Korero collection to assist in your inquiry into the voice of Māori students in your school.

Remember these are suggested questions. You should use them as a springboard to get you started and help you think deeply about the unique issues your school might face.

Gathering Māori student voice
Some suggested questions
  1. Are students in our school currently engaged in their learning to the degree that they should be?

  2. What should engagement in learning look like? Is this the same or different for all learning areas?

  3. What does disengagement look like? Is this the same or different for all learning areas?

  4. What impact does disengagement seem to be having on student achievement? What can we do to change this?

Some suggested questions
More suggested questions
  1. What do we believe are the most effective teaching and learning strategies for engaging Māori students meaningfully in their learning? In particular:

    • How important is using students’ prior knowledge and experience, especially their cultural knowledge and experience, to student engagement in learning? How well do we use prior knowledge and experience currently? How could we use it more effectively?
    •  
    • How important is task and topic selection to student engagement in learning? Do we make an effort to ensure that the learning tasks that we set are relevant and meaningful to our students? Can they relate them to their own lives? How well do we do this at present? How could we do this better?
    •  
    • How important is goal setting to student engagement in learning? Do our students usually know the purpose and expected outcomes of the learning tasks that we set? How well do we do this at present? How could we do this better?
    •  
    • How important is feedback and feed-forward to student engagement in learning? How well do we do this at present? How could we make better use of feedback and feed-forward in our interactions with our students?
More suggested questions
Still more suggested questions
  1. How do we use evidence about students’ current strengths and needs to help us set learning programmes? How could we do this better?

  2. Do we believe that we challenge students in our school as much as we could through the learning tasks that we set? How could we challenge them more?

  3. Who takes most of the responsibility for teaching and learning in most of the tasks that we set? What could we do to give greater responsibility for learning to students?

  4. Do we give our students opportunities to problem-solve and ask questions through the learning tasks that we set and the instructional strategies we use?

  5. Do we give our students sufficient opportunities to become independent, reflective, and self-regulated learners? What does this look like?

Still more suggested questions

Resources and downloads

What makes a really good teacher?

This video asks the question “What do students want from their teacher?”

Back to top

This is a Ministry of Education initiative

Building a world-leading education system that equips all New Zealanders with the knowledge, skills, and values to be successful citizens in the 21st century.