Kaupapa Māori assessment draws on Māori perspectives of the world and normalises Māori values, behaviours and understandings as valid. It utilises a Māori philosophical framework and involves the implementation of Māori processes and understandings.
Kaupapa Māori assessment enables learning and assessment to be informed by Māori ways of knowing and being, which empowers Māori chldren and their whānau, and enhances their mana by acknowledging their unique cultural capital as Māori. It is better able to support the aspirations of Māori whānau for their child, and ensure children’s success as learners. Learning and achievement is greater when there is a consistency of language and culture across the home and early childhood setting.
Kaupapa Māori assessment has been developed by early childhood settings, in collaboration with researchers, as a response to the need for an assessment approach that is more responsive to the culture and aspirations of Māori children and whānau. This is an emerging research area in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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