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Vanessa Paki

Vanessa Paki

Lecturer

Keywords

Cultural Learning; Curriculum; Human Development; Indigenous Education; Maori Education; Teaching and Learning

Qualifications: Masters in Education (First-class Hons)

Iwi: Tainui, Taranaki


Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Paki, Vanessa 7704 paki TT.3.09B Te Oranga Human Development and Movement

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About Vanessa

Tenei te mihi ki a koutou katoa.  I belong to Taranaki and Tainui.  Trained in early childhood, my experience in educational and leadership contexts is wide-ranging where I have worked in early childhood, tertiary and community settings. I coordinate papers in both the Bachelor of Teaching Degree and Human Development.  I have three foci that informs my research: Mātauranga Māori; Educational Transitions and Early Years. My research projects have made a significant difference in early childhood and school settings (Māori and mixed) through informing teaching praxis from understanding Mātauranga Māori.

Projects in Progress

2018 - 2019  Impact Evaluation of the KidsCan Early Childhood Pilot Programme

Researcher working with the settings, gathering data through wānanga and interviews.  Assisting with project design, analysis and report writing.

Previous Projects

2013-2016  IRSES Counterpart Fund administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand

Pedagogies of Educational Transitions [POET] Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme [IRSES] project: New Zealand co-team leader for a four-year IRSES involving teams of researchers from Sweden, Iceland, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand.

2015-2016  Teaching & Learning Research Initiative (TLRI)

Nurturing and encouraging young children’s identity, language and culture in the early years: Research associate on a project with CORE Education exploring how young children express and develop working theories about identity, language and culture.

2014-2015 Teaching & Learning Research Initiative (TLRI)

Riariakina ō rongo hirikapo: Research team member in a cross-sector project on tamariki moving from kōhanga reo to kura classrooms.

2011-2013 Teaching & Learning Research Initiative (TLRI)

Learning journeys from early childhood into school: Co-director on a three-year Category A project which explored a range of transition issues with a view to supporting children’s learning journeys and enhancing transition experiences for children, families and teachers.

Research Supervised

2017 – Elizabeth Hogan.  How does identity, language and culture support Māori in English-medium settings? Masters of Education.  University of Waikato, New Zealand.

2015 – Zanetta Ward.  The Culture and Identity of the Saudi Arabian Student in New Zealand. Masters of Education.  University of Waikato, New Zealand.

2015 – Larrissa Cassendra Molai.  Exploring how dreams and aspirations of students with disabilities can be achieved when transitioning from post secondary school to adulthood.  Masters in Disability and Inclusion Studies.  University of Waikato, New Zealand.

2014 -  Rocky Reynold Terere Kaipuke Rua.  An assessment of Māori participation in flight training by the review of education policy & identifying scope for increasing participation amongst Māori stakeholders in line with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.  Masters of Business Administration (MBA), University of Waikato.

2014 -  Sue Maclocklan. What is the difference?  What factors contribute to the variation of achievement for Year 7 and 9 Māori students in high decile full primary schools? Masters of Educational Leadership.  University of Waikato.

Recent Publications

  • Peters, S., & Paki, V. (2017). Working in indigenous communities. In Early Start Conference 2017. Conference held at University of Wollongong, Australia.

  • Paki, V. (2017). Kaupapa Transitions: The intersections of pedagogical beliefs, practices and philosophies of educators and whānau in educational transitions. In Children in the early years: Pedagogy, policy and community connectedness. Conference held at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Paki, V. (2017). Maōri learners. 'Sociocultural foundations for 'learning'. In Whakahihiko. Conference held at Wintec, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Hohepa, M., & Paki, V. (2017). Māori medium education and transition to school. In N. Ballam, B. Perry, & A. Garpelin (Eds.), Pedagogies of Educational Transitions (pp. 95-111). Switzerland: Springer Nature.

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