Applying Ako in your practice
This workshop is one of a series of seven. For information on the other workshops in this series, please see Applying Māori Cultural Capability.
Ako is a traditional Māori value and cultural practice that means both 'to learn' and 'to teach'. In this way, a kaiako is a teacher, and an ākonga is a learner.
Conceptualised as a contemporary learning and teaching methodology in tertiary education, ako is similar to the reciprocal learning and teaching methodology. This practice occurs between people who are sharing skills and knowledge.
- Ako as a traditional Māori value and cultural practice.
- Ako as a contemporary learning and teaching methodology.
- Some ways to apply Ako in your practice.
At the end of this workshop participants will:
- have gained deeper insights into Ako, as both a contemporary Māori value and cultural practice, and as a current learning and teaching methodology
- respond to some activities about Ako.
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is for people who are seeking to expand their understanding and practice of Ako as a contemporary learning and teaching methodology. For more experienced tertiary practitioners and educators, this workshop will deepen their understanding of Ako (for ‘Tapatoru’ Professional Standards Framework – Papa tuarua me Papa tuatoru/Levels 2 and 3).
About the facilitators
Kia ora tātou katoa! He uri ahau i ngā iwi katoa o te waka o Mataatua, Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana, me Taranaki Whānui ki Waiwhetu. Tihei mauriora!
Mei is Kaiwhakahaere Māori Cultural Capability at Ako Aotearoa, with extensive experience in the adult education sector. As a researcher, a resource developer and an experienced workshop facilitator, she works in several collaborative projects focusing on literacy, numeracy, and cultural capability for tertiary practitioners and educators; co-designing of iwi/tribal training and education plans; cultural strategic planning with organisations; development of a suite of Māori cultural capability resources with digital badges.
Ko Te Arawa me Tūhoe ōku iwi, Ko Lisa Kohunui ahau!
Liza is currently the Literacy/Numeracy Co-ordinator for foundation level courses at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She is also one of a group of workshop facilitators contracted by Ako Aotearoa. With extensive experience in the tertiary sector, Liza has delivered programmes with the Department of Corrections and at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
Ako Aotearoa badges
Participants can earn Ako Aotearoa digital badges as evidence of participation and completion of workshop requirements.