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Te Korowai Ākonga: A catalyst for change in teacher education at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Author(s): Heeni Grace Jenkins

Journal: MAI Review
ISSN 1177-5904

Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) | kaupapa Māori | New Zealand Qualifications Board | sustainability | teacher education | Te Korowai Ākonga | Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Teaching is the most regulated profession in the world where ongoing tensions remain. Highlighted in the article is the implementation process that was followed by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in the production of their teacher education degree which is called ‘Te Korowai Ākonga.’ The Wānanga objective was to prepare Māori teachers for a primary school curriculum that was heavily weighted in traditional Māori knowledge. Such a vision raised the question of capability and sustainability of providing for a programme requiring intensive levels of academic scholarship and resources. Central objectives to Te Wānanga o Aotearoa were building their capability across programmes and thereby maintaining the sustainability of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, unique approach to teacher education
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