Tamakaiwānanga explores what motivates Māori boys to achieve in education. The report aims to identify ways in which rangatahi, whanau and teachers can work together to reduce barriers to disengagement.
Te Puni Kōkiri commissioned this research to explore Māori boys’ (rangatahi) experiences of NCEA Level 1. Te Puni Kōkiri is especially interested in the differences between the motivation and engagement of high and low achieving rangatahi. The objectives of the research are to:
- identify barriers that contribute to disproportionate numbers of rangatahi disengaging from secondary school
- identify ways in which rangatahi, whänau and teachers can work together to reduce barriers to disengagement
- explore the experience of rangatahi who experience success in Level 1 and identify the key factors that have enabled their achievement, including the roles of teachers and whānau.
A key driver of this research is that Te Puni Kōkiri is seeking to identify opportunities to improve the levels of engagement of rangatahi in secondary school and accelerate achievement levels so that more rangatahi may progress onto further education and training and ultimately into more skilled employment.