EDUC 787 - Researching Māori Education

Course code
EDUC 787
Researching Māori Education
Te Puna Wananga
Delivery modes
Fortnightly Lecture
Fortnightly Lecture
Online Scheduled Sessions
Course director

Helene Connor

Course description

An examination of how best to approach educational research with, by and for Māori. The course is of interest to all social science researchers in Education. Includes the politics and ethics of research involving Māori and other indigenous groups. Particular attention is paid to the development of advanced academic writing skills for research.

Course overview

What are the best ways of doing educational or social research with, by and for Māori? What do you need to avoid? What are the ethics and implications of undertaking research in Māori contexts? This course explores the principles of Kaupapa Māori research as a basis for working ethically and appropriately in Māori and Indigenous research contexts or in any context where Māori are participants.

Choosing a research methods course

Research methods courses in education, social work or counselling prepare you for exploring answers to questions or testing theories about what works. They help students to develop expertise in disciplined inquiry. A range of courses are offered by the Faculty of Education and Social Work to prepare students for effectively researching and evaluating a programme or problem of practice in the most appropriate way. Research methods courses are organised under four major themes:

  • Educational research
    Diverse methods spanning experimental/scientific to interpretive/post-modern approaches that focus on policy, teachers and teaching, students and learning, from pre-school to higher education.
  • Practitioner research
    Methods that examine how best to conduct research with and by practitioners in their professional contexts.
  • Kaupapa Māori research
    Methods that respect and utilise Māori perspectives on knowledge and knowing focused on research with, by, and for Māori.
  • Social Work and Counselling research
    Methods used in applied and theoretical research within social work and counselling professional practices that inform social and community research.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should: Be able to describe and critique Kaupapa Māori research approaches, research ethics, and key studies on Māori and indigenous educational research. Have a sound understanding of key methodological approaches to educational research. Be able to carry out advanced literature searches, write a good literature review and understand the significance of a literature review. Be confident about starting masters-level thesis writing and research work in a field of Māori and indigenous education, and related fields.

    Currently scheduled classes

    2021 Epsom (Semester 2): On campus sessions monthly on Fridays 30th July, 27th August, and 24th September from 4:30pm - 6:30pm and fortnightly from Saturday 31st July to Saturday 9th October from 10am - 3pm.
    2022 Epsom (Semester 2): On-campus sessions on Saturdays 23 July, 13, 27 August, 10, 24 September, and 8 October, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
    2022 Online (Semester 2): Online with online scheduled sessions on Saturdays 23 July, 13, 27 August, 10, 24 September, and 8 October, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
    Online scheduled sessions are part of our hybrid courses (courses that are taught simultaneously in two modes: a face-to-face or blended stream and an online stream). Students in the online stream will join the class remotely using video-conference. Through our advanced virtual classroom facilities, students in both streams will participate in group work and class discussions together. Please note that you will be required to be available to join the class at scheduled times.

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