Cross Cultural Research Challenges: Te Whakapakari
Working cross culturally adds exciting and different challenges to the complexity of any research process. Issues surrounding the bi-cultural research processes and goals of the Te Whakapakari: pouako me nga akonga (The Strengthening: teachers and learners) research project are examined in this paper presentation. In particular the focus is on the politics involved when two researchers, one Maori (indigenous) and one Pakeha New Zealander, work with a group of Maori and Pakeha teacher researchers on action research projects. The projects are attempting to raise the achievement levels of Maori children in mainstream schools. Tensions within the research project can centre on differing epistemological understandings, and contrasting world views. The history of colonisation and the ongoing Treaty of Waitangi negotiations are the backdrop scene of most research interactions. Notwithstanding the tensions which historical understanding offers, a positive attitude and excitement encompasses the learning journeys which all are taking. The paper examines the challenges the presenters (lead researchers) face by choosing to work cross culturally towards a shared vision.
Keywords: Education Research, Cross Cultural New Zealand Maori
Dr Vicki Marie Carpenter
Principal Lecturer, Centre for Education, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland
Dr Colleen McMurchy-Pilkington
Principal Lecturer, Huarahi Maori, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland