Written by Te Wāhanga kairangahau Alex Barnes, this working paper focuses on how Pākehā have become involved in Māori-determined and controlled educational research, and what issues inhibit and facilitate their work.

The research offers critical insights that aim to counter ‘Pākehā paralysis’ by strengthening present and future research with Māori communities. For Māori, this inquiry offers an account of how Pākehā are working with ‘our own’ in order to advance socially and culturally just research methodologies in education. Alex examines the research work of four Pākehā researchers engaged in various Kaupapa Māori work since the early 1990s

“My qualitative inquiry seeks to unsettle taken-for-granted Eurocentric notions of research… These are important sites of learning and transformation because these experiences can help offset Pākehā paralysis in the 21st century, and create new ways to meaningfully engage with diverse Māori on critical educational issues” (p.3).


Creator | Kaihanga
Alex Barnes
Year of Creation | Tau
Publisher | Kaiwhakaputa
Te Wāhanga, New Zealand Council for Educational Research
Creative Commons Licence
Attribution CC BY
Keywords | Kupu
Maori Pakeha kaupapa Maori research
Main Language | Reo Matua
Submitter's Rights | Nga Tika o te Kaituku
I am the author / creator of this resource
This Research has
been written outside an academic institution
Bibliographic Citation | Whakapuakanga

Barnes, A (2013). What can Pākehā learn from engaging in Kaupapa Māori research? Te Wāhanga, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

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