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Assoc Prof Sandy Morrison

Sandy Morrison

Qualifications: BA Waikato, PGDipMPD Waikato, MMPD Waikato, CertCrim Wellington

Iwi: Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Rarua, Te Arawa

About Sandy

Nō Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Maniapoto; Ngāti Rārua ki te Tau Ihu, Ngāti Tama ki te Waipounamu ahau. Tēnā koutou katoa.

Sandy is self-described as tribally grounded, globally informed and whānau tested against the everyday realities in which whānau exist.

From an international perspective, from 2004-2008, Sandy served as President of the Asia South Pacific Association for Adult and Basic Education (ASPBAE), the largest non-government organisation on adult education in the world. This international experience gave her unique exposure to the diverse communities of Asia-Pacific

Sandy was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame by the University of Oklahoma. Entry into this illustrious grouping is rigorous and requires the candidate to be eminently distinguished in the profession, to have brought honour or distinction, and to have contributed to the heritage of adult and continuing education.

Her citation read: “An exemplary model of an adult educator, Sandy is able to serve as a bridge between the indigenous world and the mainstream world. Her distinctiveness as an indigenous woman also means that she makes visible indigenous realities to many people who have limited knowledge and experience on indigenous issues and she does so in a manner that is conducive to sound adult learning principles.”

Sandy employs a strengths-based approach to teaching which seeks to promote students’ critical engagement with historical discourses, social and cultural meanings, and power relations. She believes every student brings a range of experiences, ancestral knowledge, memory and insights into the teaching space. These are honoured, and provide the platform for building knowledge, reflecting on knowledge and making knowledge relevant.

Her current position as the Assistant Dean (Academic) for the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies allows her to continue to challenge the thinkers of tomorrow and concentrate on her research interests around Treaties, Adult Education and Indigenous Development.

Papers Taught

Research Interests

Te Tiriti o Waitangi/ Treaty of Waitangi; Adult education; Participatory training processes; Indigenous development issues.

Recent Publications

  • Morrison, S. (2019). Ako ki he nofo ‘a Kāinga: A case study of pastoral care between Wakatū/Kono and recognised seasonal employment workers. In E. McKinley, & L. Smith (Eds.), Handbook of Indigenous Education (pp. 21 pages). Singapore: Springer.

  • Hudson, M., Mead, A. T. P., Chagné, D., Roskruge, N., Morrison, S., Wilcox, P. L., & Allan, A. C. (2019). Indigenous perspectives and gene editing in Aotearoa New Zealand. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 7(APR). doi:10.3389/fbioe.2019.00070

  • Ritchie, J., & Morrison, S. (2019). Exploring Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) approaches in relation to benefits for Māori children and whānau. Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Morrison, S. (2019). Adapting to Climate Change: Mātauranga Māori and Western Science collaborative research in the Deep South Challenge. In NAISA. Hamilton,New Zealand.

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Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Morrison, AProf Sandy 5097 samorr ITS.G.13A Te Pua Wananga ki te Ao

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