There is no one way for Indigenous education: Reflections on the Māori experience

Dean's Lecture Series 2016

Presented by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith CNZOM There is no one way for Indigenous education. Rather, there are multiple approaches occurring simultaneously across every context and every level, and these must occur while sustaining momentum, investing quality resources, building future capacity, learning from mistakes and sticking to a 24/7 hard slog commitment.

This has been the Māori educational experience over the past 30 years with the reformation and development of many flagship initiatives for Māori language education, Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori. Over this time many lessons have been learned about the system of education, policy making, teacher education, the nature of schools, pedagogical practices and assessment, about leadership, and curriculum. More lessons have been learned about addressing deep systemic challenges, understanding inter-generational change, sustainability, working with indigenous people over the long-term and creating the relationships and institutional capability required to make a difference.

Linda Tuhiwai Smith Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith CNZOM Pro Vice Chancellor Māori Professor of Education and Māori Development

University of Waikato Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith is Pro Vice Chancellor Māori and Professor of Education and Māori Development, as well as the former Dean of the School of Māori and Pacific Development, at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. The Foundational Co-Director of the Māori Centre of Research Excellence NgāPae o Te Māramatanga, Professor Smith has won a number of awards including a New Zealand Honour as the Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZOM). She is a Fellow of the American Association for Educational Research, and author of the book Decolonizing Methodologies Research and Indigenous Peoples, published in 1999.