The transition pathways of tamariki between Māori medium ECE and schooling

Project Leaders: Dr Richard Hill & Dr Lesley Rameka
Researcher: Dr Mere Skerrett

Project Dates: 2016 - 2017

Partnerships: Victoria University

What was the project about?

This Ministry of Education-funded project investigated the transitions of Māori students through the schooling process, including preschool, primary and secondary school transitions. A key objective was to gain greater understanding of the decisions Māori whānau make when they reached a transition and were contemplating a Māori or English medium pathway for their children. The project sought information on the processes whānau and centres/schools followed when supporting children through transitions.

Why was this research important?

The research provided important information on what influenced Māori whānau decisions when contemplating a  Māori medium or English medium educational pathway for their children. It  lead to greater understandings about the processes of transition between ECE and schools, and how institutions could better support student transition.

What was the potential impact?

This research helped policy makers design support mechanisms for whānau on Māori medium education. It  also informed ECE centres and schools about ways to support students through transitions.

The draft report for this project is in the final stages of consultation and is expected to be available by March 2019.