He mana tō te kupu: Re-engaging Māori with literacy
Presentation at the NCLANA Symposium 2015 by Āneta Hinemihi Rāwiri from Te Wānanga o Raukawa.
English language literacy has come to hold very little positive meaning and experience for Māori. This has resulted in a general, intergenerational resistance to literacy engagement. The statistics are alarming. These recent phenomena are in stark contrast to the remarkably high levels of engagement at the introduction of written and print literacy. These forms of literacy were quickly adopted and highly valued by our tūpuna, who wrote and self-published widely. Research reveals that when Māori shape our literacy context and outcomes, there is high engagement. Conversely, when we do not, there are significant adverse impacts. Māori have distinctive English language literacy realities and aspirations. Whether these are acknowledged and how they are addressed, determines literacy participation and outcomes. It is apparent that what is required is a paradigm shift away from the current, entrenched, functional approach to literacy, to one based on social practice theory. Social practice theory promotes an understanding of multiliteracies: that is, multiple purposes for English language literacy in different contexts. Incorporating kaupapa- and tikanga-based philosophies and practices into Māori adult literacy strategy, policy, teaching and research will transform literacy into a meaningful, purposeful activity for Māori. In turn, this will motivate Māori to read and write, and strengthen our literacy engagement and skills.
Key Points to Note:
- Information and resources related to improving adult Māori literacy. Covers topics such as Māori literacy experiences and aspirations, functional literacy and social practice literacy.
- Incorporating kaupapa- and tikanga-based philosophies and practices into Māori adult literacy teaching and learning will transform literacy into a meaningful, purposeful activity for Māori.
- These resources aim to help educators and employers understand more about Māori literacy and how to teach and motivate Māori to read and write.
He mana tō te kupu: Re-engaging Māori with literacy – Paper
A NCLANA Symposium paper about the recurring themes that emerge from the research field of Māori and literacy, and more widely, Indigenous peoples and literacy.
(PDF, 695 KB, 10-pages)
- 15 July 2015
A NCLANA Symposium presentation – the PowerPoint slides tell the story about a particular literacy experience of a prominent pahake, Titi Tihu, who was a cherished tohunga and rangatira of Whanganui Iwi.
(PDF, 257 KB, 7-pages)
- 15 July 2015