Learning Through School Science Investigation in an Indigenous School

Research into Practice

  • Azra Moeed
  • Craig Rofe

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Azra Moeed, Craig Rofe
    Pages 1-17
  3. Azra Moeed, Craig Rofe
    Pages 19-27
  4. Azra Moeed, Craig Rofe
    Pages 43-51
  5. Azra Moeed, Craig Rofe
    Pages 65-78
  6. Azra Moeed, Craig Rofe
    Pages 79-92

About this book


This book presents the findings of a case study conducted in a Māori medium school where a space was created for Pūtaiao (Western science) teaching and learning from year 1 to 13. Science is currently taught in Te Reo Māori in primary school and in English in secondary school, and evidence suggests that students are engaging in science education, learning to investigate, and achieving in science. 

In New Zealand, most students attend English medium state schools; however, approximately 15% of indegenous students attend Māori medium schools. These schools are underpinned with Kura Kaupapa Māori philosophy, which is culturally specific to Māori and aims to revitalise the Māori language, and Māori knowledge and culture. Māori students’ engagement and achievement continues to be a challenge for both mainstream and Māori medium schools, teachers and students due to lack of access to science teachers who can teach in Te Reo Māori. School leaders and whanau (families) believed that by year 9 (age 13) their students had developed their identity as Māori, and were proficient in Te Reo Māori. They wanted their students to have the option to learn science, experience success and have the choice to conitnue in science, so they made the difficult decision for science to be taught in English in secondary school. 

The book discusses how teachers in indigenous schools, who have extensive knowledge of culture and context specific pedagogies, can gain confidence to teach science through collaboration with and support from researchers with whom they have developed strong professional relationships.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Azra Moeed
    • 1
  • Craig Rofe
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of EducationVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-32-9610-7
  • Online ISBN 978-981-32-9611-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-193X
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