Annotated Working Bibliography on Māori-Medium Education, 2019 Edition

The literature on Māori-medium education is mostly book chapters and journal articles. Key researchers include Mere Berryman, Richard Benton, Richard Hill, Margie Hohepa, Stephen May, Mere Skerrett and Tony Trinick.


Worthwhile publications, by year of publication include:

Benton, R. A. (2015). Perfecting the partnership: revitalising the Māori language in New Zealand education and society 1987–2014. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 28(2), 99-112. doi:10.1080/07908318.2015.1025001

Hill, R., & May, S. (2014). Balancing the languages in Māori-medium education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In D. Gorter, V. Zenotz, & J. Cenoz (Eds.), Minority languages and multilingual education (pp. 59–176). Berlin: Springer.

May, S. (2013). Indigenous immersion education: International developments. Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Education.(1) 1, pp. 34-69. ‎PDF here.

Meaney, T., Trinick, T., & Fairhall, U. (2012). Collaborating to meet language challenges in indigenous mathematics classrooms. New York: Springer.

This book focuses on the development of Māori mathematics in a well known, highly successful Māori-medium school, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Koutu. It provides insights into the issues of teaching technical subjects such as mathematics through the medium of an endangered indigenous language.

A good yet dated overview of Māori-medium education is May, S., & Hill, R. (2008). Māori-medium education: current issues and challenges. In N. H. Hornberger (Ed.), Can schools save indigenous languages? (pp. 66-98). New York: Palgrave. Unfortunately print only.


Also see the Education Counts Māori education publications.


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