Expanding excellence

Status: Current

Dates: 2013 - 2014

Māori Relevant Content: Yes


  • Nga Pae o te Maramatanga: New Zealand’s Maori Centre of Research Excellence (Knowledge Exchange Programme - Publication Support Grant (PSG), 2013 - 2014)

Project Abstract

Drawing on the insights of the Ka Awatea project, Expanding Excellence will investigate the discourses that distinguish sociocultural ideologies and realities. Sociocultural theory must have a strong orientation to situational theory. Within a particular setting, iconographies and identities are localised by the members of that social world over time, and their trajectories arise from and contribute to motivation for learning. The project will describe how all levels of education occur in a nested environment and how for Māori these domains include the individual, the community and the policy-makers. Each is a complex phenomenon. A catalogue will be prepared to show five sections of sociocultural phenomena that both coexist and vary together in a patterned way. Section one will look at sociocultural theories of learning and motivation. Section two will look at the policy-makers who have determined the structures of schooling education over the decades and the influence they have today. Section three will look at the role of the community outside the school and the impact that they have on sowing the seeds of success in rangatahi. Section four will look at the issues of identity, language and culture and the impact that these constructs have on growing the seeds of success in rangatahi. Section five will be a synthesis of the sociocultural milieu encountered in earlier chapters, and offer a trajectory for the challenges and promises yet to be experienced by the even more diverse education discerners in the years ahead.

Researchers - UC Staff

Researchers - Non-UC Staff

  • Melinda Webber: Researcher; University of Auckland

Subject Area: Disciplines