Creating whanaungatanga: Kaupapa Maori support in the Psychology Department at the University of Waikato
Masters, B., Levy, M., Thompson, K., Donnelly, A., & Rawiri, C. (2004). Creating whanaungatanga: Kaupapa Maori support in the Psychology Department at the University of Waikato. Network Journal of the College of Community Psychologists, 16(2), 29-36.
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Attendance at university has been recognized by some as a competitive environment that does not cater for the co-operative philosophy followed by many Maori. Within the Psychology Department at the University of Waikato there have been efforts since the Departments early days to place emphasis on the Maori cultural experience, but there were few Maori students and no Maori staff back then. Now, in 2004, the Department has a team of Maori staff and courses with Maori content at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Yet the environment that the students move in is still competitive. Grades are based on individual assessment through undergraduate level. At graduate level the emphasis on group dynamics comes to the fore. The availability and accessibility of Maori staff at different levels in a Kaupapa Maori programme provides one of the strategies of support for maori students at Waikato. This paper discusses the issues around managing, delivering and providing opportunities so that Maori students studying psychology feel supported for the duration of their time at Waikato University.
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This article has been published in Network, the Journal of the College of Community Psychologists.