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Riariakina ō rongo hirikapo: Transitioning from kōhanga reo to kura

The University of Waikato researchers: Margie Hohepa (principal investigator), Vanessa Paki and Sally Peters;
Te Kōhanga Reo o Ngā Kuaka researchers: Tere Gilbert (tumuaki), Tirau Anderson and Te Manu Pohatu (kaiako-researchers)
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tōku Māpihi Maurea researchers: Laura Hawksworth (tumuaki) and Doris Anne Olliver (kaiako-researcher)

Project Dates: 2014 - 2016

Partnerships: Te Kōhanga Reo o Ngā Kuaka and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tōku Māpihi Maurea

Transitioning from kohangaKo te kaupapa tonu, ko te whakatupu i te mahara o te hirikapo kia tiu ai ki te muri, arā, kia puta he whakaaro i pokepokengia nō roto tonu i ngā whakahekenga kāwai o ngā tūpuna o te tamaiti, kua maranga te wā e kaumātua haere ana te tamaiti, ngōna kanohi kua huaki, ngōna taringa kua pīkari, ngā whakaaro kua korikori, tōna wairua hīkaka kua ngawhā, ngērā kaupapa katoa o te tamaiti i taua wā o te tupu. Mā tēnei kōrero hoki hei kawe te taonga o te rongo hirikapo, arā, ngā whakaaro, ngā mahara, nāna ko te waha, nā te waha ko te kupu kōrero e makere iho ai i te ārero tarapepe. MORE >>

Heoi anō he tohutohu anō kei roto e kī ana, manaakingia ngā kai o te hirikapo o te tamaiti, he taonga. Ki te kore e tika te manaakingia e ngā mātua, tērā te wā ka ātitirauhea i te puāwaitanga o te rau. Ngērā kaupapa katoa.

This is a collaborative cross-sector research project involving kōhanga, kura and university researchers. It focuses on tamariki moving from kōhanga reo to kura classrooms and will examine the development of an 'akoranga whakawhiti', a transition programme that will be based at Te Kōhanga Reo o Ngā Kuaka in Hamilton.

The overarching research question for this project is: Pehea rā te āhuatanga me te kounga o ngā whakawhitinga mai i te kōhanga ki te kura mō ngā tamariki, whānau, kaiako me te hāpori? - What do effective transitions from kōhanga to kura look like, feel like, and sound like, for tamariki, whānau, kaiako and the community?

Project Update

One of the new significant findings from the project pertains to sharing kōhanga reo learning information with kura, which has led to changes in uiuinga urunga ā kura (enrolment interview) processes and experience.

What has changed?

There have been additions to our team including Kōhanga researchers Kara Sikisini, acting tumuaki Teina Hakaraia and new head teacher, Whare o Tōku Whakakai Marihi. Overall, our research activities have remained as initially planned.

What is new?

New findings also include the significance of tikanga and uara to effective transition. Also outcomes include the initiation of co-planning and teaching and alignment of Te Whāriki and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Project highlights

Project highlights have included development and strengthening of relationships between kōhanga, kura and the faculty, our presentation at AERA and the consolidation of transition practices.

What was unexpected?

The changes in staffing at kōhanga provided a challenge for the project team.

What is next?

Data collection activities finish at the end of September for this project.  The next six months will focus on completing the final report and developing papers.

Project Outputs and Publications

Hohepa, M., Anderson, T., & Olliver, D. (2015. March 21). Ka rere ngā kuaka–from kōhanga to kura. Oral presentation at Pedagogies of Educational Transitions Symposium, hosted by the Early Years Research Centre, The University of Waikato, Hamilton.   
Hohepa, M., Anderson, T., & Olliver, D. (2015. April 18). Transitions and indigenous language settings. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association Conference, Chicago Ill.
Hohepa, M., Hawksworth, L., & Gilbert, T. (2015, June 30). Nau mai, whakawhiti mai: Enhancing transitions from kōhanga to kura. Oral presentation at He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference, Claudelands Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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