Dr, Professor Mere A Berryman

Mere Berryman

Professor, Director of Poutama pounamu


Assessment and Evaluation in Education; Culture; Education; Education Policy; Education Research; Inclusive Education; Indigenous Education; Leadership; Learning and Education; Maori Development and Education; Reform in Education; Te Kotahitanga; Teacher Education; Teacher Professional Learning/Development; Teaching and Learning

Qualifications: PhD, M Ed with first class honours, B Ed

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Iwi: Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whare

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Berryman, Prof Mere 5330 mere UWTA.1.18 Te Whiringa Educational Leadership and P

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About Mere

In my work, I aim to challenge the pervasive and historical discourses that perpetuate educational disparities for Māori students and disrupt these through school leadership and reform initiatives. In my research, I combine understandings from kaupapa Māori and critical theories and I have published widely in this field. In 2016, I was a recipient of the New Zealand Honour, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and to Māori in education.

Research Interests

Kaupapa Māori and Critical theories; Culturally Responsive Methodologies; Relational and Responsive inclusion; School and Home-community relationships; Cultural Relationships for Responsive Pedagogy.

Recent Publications

  • Berryman, M. A. P., Eley, E., & Copeland, D. (2017). Listening and learning from Rangatahi Māori: the voices of Māori youth. Critical Questions in Education, 8(4), 476-494. Open Access version:

  • Berryman, M., & Eley, E. (2017). Succeeding as Māori: Māori students’ views on our Stepping Up to the Ka Hikitia Challenge. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 52(1), 93-107. doi:10.1007/s40841-017-0076-1

  • Berryman, M., & Eley, E. (2017). Accelerating success and promoting equity through the ako: Critical contexts for change. Asian Education Studies, 2(1), 99-112. doi:10.20849/aes.v2i1.126 Open Access version:

  • Berryman, M., Glynn, T., & Woller, P. (2017). Supervising research in Māori cultural contexts: a decolonizing, relational response. Higher Education Research & Development, 36(7), 1355-1368. doi:10.1080/07294360.2017.1325851

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