Russell Bishop is foundation Professor for Māori Education in the School of Education at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. He is also a qualified and experienced secondary school teacher. Prior to his present appointment he was a senior lecturer in Māori Education in the Education Department at the University of Otago and Interim Director for Otago University's Teacher Education programme. His research experience in the area of collaborative storying as Kaupapa Māori, has given rise to national and international publishing including the books “Collaborative Research Stories: Whakawhanaungatanga”, “Culture Counts: Changing Power Relationships in Classrooms”, “Pathologising Practices“, “Culture Speaks” and in 2010 “Scaling Up Education Reform”.
Pioneering educators in New Zealand have developed a culturally responsive approach to teaching and leadership that is based on the idea that teachers must develop strong relationships with students – acknowledging that both teachers and students come to the relationship with their own cultural identities. This asset-based approach to cultivating Māori students’ sense of self and worth led to an astounding jump in outcomes for Māori students, while also improving outcomes for all other student groups. We’ll learn from the practitioners who designed this approach, reflecting on i
The team from Culture Counts will help us make sense of our school visit experience, deepening our understanding of this culturally responsive pedagogy and helping us consider applying these principles to our home countries.