Applying the Āta framework in your practice

Event Details

This online course will be run based on demand. Please pre-register your interest by clicking the Register button and filling in the form.

Once we have received sufficient registrations of interest we will send a link to confirm registration and for you to make payment.

4 August 2020

12.15pm – 1.15pm


$50 +GST Register

Course details

A one hour online session adapted from the modules within our Māori Cultural Capability Pathway.

This workshop is one in a series of seven. For information on the other workshops in this series, please see Applying Māori Cultural Capability

The Āta framework (Thoughtful deliberation before action)

Āta is a traditional Māori value and cultural practice meaning ‘to proceed slowly and with thoughtful deliberation’ (Taina Pohatu, 2004). Used before action words, āta signals to proceed with some care and consideration.  For example, āta kōrero means to think carefully before speaking.  

In adult education the Āta framework presents ways of thinking or deliberating before doing, and is a valued teaching and learning method. In these ways, Āta can contribute to developing respectful relationships between work colleagues and with adult learners. 

Learning outcomes 

In this online workshop you will be able to:  

  • gain some deeper insights into the meaning of āta, as a Māori philosophy, and as a contemporary learning and teaching methodology. 
  • read and respond to some activities relating to the Āta framework  
  • write a short reflective commentary about how the Āta framework could transform your practice in positive ways.  

Participants can earn Ako Aotearoa digital badges as evidence of participation and completion of course requirements.

Who is this workshop for? 

This workshop is recommended for teaching and learning support practitioners seeking to expand their understanding and practice, as well as more experienced practitioners seeking to extend or verify their understanding and practice as well as a relevant specialisation.  (Tapatoru Pūkenga Papa Rua and Papa Toru – Level 2 / 3)