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

  • Eley, E., & Berryman, M. (2019). Leading Transformative Education Reform in New Zealand Schools. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 54(1), 121-137. doi:10.1007/s40841-018-0122-7

  • Berryman, M., & Eley, E. (2019). Student belonging: critical relationships and responsibilities. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 23(9), 985-1001. doi:10.1080/13603116.2019.1602365

  • Berryman, M., & Eley, E. (2019). Policy and praxis: Māori learners' experiences contributing understanding about identity, culture and effective pedagogy. In M. F. Hill, & M. Thrupp (Eds.), The Professional Practice of Teaching in New Zealand (6th ed., pp. 171-193). Australia: Cengage AU.

  • 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

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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 TCBD.4.03D Education, School of (SOE)
Berryman, Prof Mere 3567 mere TCBD.4.03D Poutama Pounamu

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