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Tauira: Māori methods of learning and teaching

Meegan Hall


As a high school kid in Porirua in the 1980s, I first “discovered” Dame Joan Metge’s work through her trailblazing text Talking Past Each Other!? Problems of Cross Cultural Communication! (1978), which she co-wrote with Patricia Kinloch. Suddenly, here was an explanation for the difficult interactions that I saw taking place around me every day at school; for the teacher who was suspicious of the Samoan student who would not look him in the eye, or the Māori student who expressed her whakamā (embarrassment) with silence, only to be thought of by the teacher as sullen and disengaged.

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