In te reo Māori, tūhura means to discover, disclose, bring to light, unearth, investigate and explore. Iho pūmanawa translates as ‘talent / cleverness / abilities’, but also has a meaning of ‘heartbeat’. Dr Hana O’Regan will shine a light on the whakapapa, mindsets and harm associated with the streaming of learners based on their perceived abilities. Equity by design, a community response to ending streaming, reshaping the narratives and raising expectations for all learners Equity in action: alternative grouping practices for equitable outcomes.
If we are to challenge the system, and ourselves as educators and community influencers, we need to recognise the bias, mindsets and power that drives inequitable outcomes. Hana has investigated the legislation, the policies and reports that have deliberately determined inequities of access and outcomes for marginalised groups, particularly Māori and Pacific learners.
Understanding these mindsets about streaming and the impact on those you teach and their whānau is a first step to designing for equitable outcomes. The presentation shares the results of a recent research project carried out by Te Puna Mātauranga o Whanganui and Tātai Aho Rau to uncover awareness, experiences and narratives about streaming of learners with kaumatua, whānau, rangatahi, kaiako and tumuaki in their rohe.
Ending streaming practices does not mean that there is a void to fill. Powerful equity approaches already exist in the system that impact on learner self-belief, motivation and resilience, together with shifting the equity dial for achievement and future life opportunities. Hana explores our pathway for building educator capability as a fundamental step towards realising the equity goals that we are seeking.
- Confronting systemic racism and bias.
- Equity capability.
- Effective pedagogies.