EDUCA500-21B (BTG)

Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Māori and Critical Theories

30 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper seeks to explore culturally responsive methodologies, incorporating kaupapa Maori and critical theories, to enable participants to develop more informed and culturally responsive research practice. Emphasis is placed on the student undertaking critically responsive research within a supportive, critical whanau of interest. Furthermore the paper examines how issues of research initiation, benefits, representation, legitimation and accountability can be appropriately addressed when researching in Māori contexts.

Internal assessment/examination ratio is 1 : 0.

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Paper Structure

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The on-campus teaching block and online discussions are compulsory. Any PowerPoint presentations, online readings, instructions posted in Moodle and print resources provided in the electronic reading list should be read in order to complete and contribute to the discussions and course assignments.

This is a partially online paper, delivered in a blended learning format, which includes electronic reading materials and online learning and resources (via Moodle - Discussion, Burning Questions and News Forums).

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Consider the contested nature of research, and differing approaches to educational research including both theoretical and methodological issues, and the usefulness of these approaches to Māori;
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  • Critically engage in the evaluation and development of culturally responsive methodologies which include kaupapa Māori theory and research practice;
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  • Conduct high quality, original postgraduate research in a culturally responsive and ethical manner.
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Please note that your assignments may be copied for internal and/or external moderation purposes.
The assignments and dates on which they are due are included in this outline so you can make an immediate start on planning and organising your schedule of study. More in-depth assignment guidance will be provided in face-to-face classes and online.

Unless the student is otherwise advised, all work submitted must also include the following information, clearly marked on the first page:

Assignment title - where the assignment allows the student a choice of question or topic, the question or topic must appear on the cover sheet along with:

  • Name of student
  • Student ID
  • Paper number and name
  • Name of Lecturer/Tutor
  • Due date

The meeting of deadlines is a mark of professionalism and its enforcement is essential for fairness to all students taking the paper. Handing in course work on or before the due date also facilitates the timely return of marked work by the academic staff.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Essay
20 Aug 2021
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Researcher Critique
24 Sep 2021
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Research Proposal
29 Oct 2021
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Online Discussions
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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In accordance with the University guidelines a digital reading list has been developed for this course and can be accessed by students once they are fully enrolled in the paper via the Library website.

If you wish to read additional materials, we recommend the following resources as complementary:

Berryman, M., Nevin, A., & SooHoo, S. (2013). Culturally responsive methodologies. Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Bishop, R. (1996). Collaborative research stories: Whakawhanaugatanga. Palmerston North, NZ: Dunmore Press.

Smith, L.T. (1999). Decolonizing methodologies: Research and indigenous peoples. Dunedin, NZ: University of Otago Press.

Smith, L.T. (2012). Decolonizing methodologies: Research and indigenous peoples. London, UK: Zed Books.

These texts are available from the University Library (including long distance or inter-loan).

Further material will be provided on the paper site on Moodle (, the University of Waikato's online learning system. Any such material is provided on the following terms:

University of Waikato owns the intellectual property rights, including copyright, in and to this Site, or has acquired the necessary licenses to display the material on the Site.

As a student of the Faculty of Education, you are granted a limited license to use (access, display or print a single copy) the material from the papers in which you are enrolled for the purposes of participating in the paper only, provided the information is not modified. Materials may not under any circumstances be copied, stored, distributed or provided in any form or method whatsoever to any third party.

Any other use of the material is prohibited. None of the material may be otherwise reproduced, reformatted, republished or re-disseminated in any manner or form without the prior written consent of the University of Waikato.

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Online Support

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This paper is supported on Moodle.
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This paper has a credit value of 30 points. Students should expect to spend 200 hours in total on this paper. This consists of the Moodle discussions, readings and preparation. Students should allow extra time for the preparation and completion of assessments.

The workload for this course will vary according to the abilities of students to read, engage with and absorb the materials. As a general estimate we recommend that students spend a minimum of 10 hours per week on the paper.

Course material will be delivered online via weekly or fortnightly topics. Students will be required to read the materials related to each topic. In addition some topics will have additional materials which will be accessible via Moodle.

Student participation in the online discussions is an essential requirement of the paper, i.e. you must actively participate in the discussions (and also pass the other assessments) in order to achieve a pass grade.

Students will be expected to contribute to sessions by being as well prepared as possible. The online environment lends itself well to a reciprocal teaching method and it is our belief that each of us has something important to contribute to the learning of the group. This is particularly important as we are not doing this for ourselves alone, but as part of a research whānau of interest.

If you are unable to complete these obligations due to illness which lasts for more than one week, a medical certificate or similar documentation must be sent to the Lecturers. In these cases there will be an opportunity to make up for missed contributions but you must contact one of the Lecturers immediately to ensure this is done in a timely fashion.

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Restricted papers: MAOED500 and PCSS502

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