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Vanessa Paki

Vanessa Paki

Lecturer

Qualifications: Masters in Education (First-class Hons)

Iwi: Tainui, Taranaki

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.

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.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

2018 - Tofavaha Vehikite Pule.  The Impact of Tongan families’ funds of knowledge on their children's transitions to early childhood education and care setting.  Masters of Education.   University of Waikato, New Zealand.

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.

Keywords

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