Dr, Professor Mere A Berryman

Mere Berryman

Professor, Director of Poutama pounamu

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

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Iwi: Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whare

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.

Papers Taught

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., & Eley, E. (2019). Listening to the voices of indigenous ma- ori students over time: What do they tell us about national education policy?. In J. Wearmouth, & A. Goodwyn (Eds.), Pupil, Teacher and Family Voice in Educational Institutions: Values, Opinions, Beliefs and Perspectives (pp. 76-91). New York, USA: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780429505669-5

  • Berryman, M., & Eley, E. (2018). Gathering and listening to the voices of maori youth: What are the system responses?. In R. Bourke, & J. Loveridge (Eds.), Radical Collegiality through Student Voice: Educational Experience, Policy and Practice (pp. 103-126). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-13-1858-0_7

  • 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 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 Open Access version:

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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

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Berryman, Prof Mere 3567 mere UWTA.1.18 Education, School of (SOE)
Berryman, Prof Mere 3567 mere TCBD.4.03D Poutama Pounamu

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