Level 2 Māori medium programmes: What are the perceptions of parents and students on this form of education?
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Hill, R. K. (2017). Level 2 Māori medium programmes: What are the perceptions of parents and students on this form of education? New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40841-017-0088-x
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Māori medium education provides a range of options for families wishing to educate their children through the indigenous language of Aotearoa New Zealand. Level 2 programmes with 51–80% Māori language instruction, can play an important role in supporting students and their Māori language development, yet little is known about these programmes. This project explored the experiences of whānau (families) and students of level 2 Māori medium programmes to gauge the contribution they make to the education of students. It found that this form of education attracts whānau with wide ranging aims and expectations, but offers highly satisfactory educational options for them. However, there are some tensions, particularly in regard to the part they play in lifting students’ Māori language skills. Ensuring graduates of level 2 programmes have a pathway to learn the Māori language beyond primary school was also a cause for concern.
©2017 New Zealand Association for Research in Education.This is the author's accepted version. The final publication is available at Springer via dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40841-017-0088-x
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