Indigenizing Student-Centred Learning: A Western Approach In An Indigenous Educational Institution

Chona Pineda Kennedy
2012 Journal of International Education Research (JIER)  
This study investigated the alignment of the teaching and learning practices with a student-centred learning approach in an indigenous educational institution. The findings indicated that when a western concept is applied in the classroom, it is vital for it to be culturally relevant and appropriate to the cultural beliefs and values of the students and the institution. In an indigenous learning environment, learning and teaching that acknowledges the learners cultural identity is seen as
more » ... ental to their educational success and empowerment. The existent cultural elements of beliefs, values, language, heritage, heredity, perspectives and practices are clearly reinforced. The pedagogical approaches based on an indigenous framework must contextualise the learning experience, building upon students background and aspirations. As an indigenous M?ori organisation, Te W?nanga o Aotearoa (TWoA) offers a holistic learning environment and teaching methods where its philosophy, culture and values of M?oritanga (M?ori culture and practices) and M?tauranga M?ori (M?ori knowledge) are strongly espoused.
doi:10.19030/jier.v9i1.7494 fatcat:o42ncn3kdnhhha27v5pclczpni