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Māori Flexible Learning Spaces (FLS)
Te Wāhi Ako Ngāwari

He ngāwari te wāhi ako, kia ngāwari ai te ako

Hei tautoko i ngā kura Māori ki te ako i te reo me ngā tikanga Māori


Kia ora and welcome to our Marsden research project online. He kaupapa rangahau nā te Pūtea Mātenga (Marsden Fund) o te RSNZ/Te Apārangi e tautoko ana ā-pūtea, mai i te 1/7/22 ki te 30/6/25.

Ngā Pātai Rangahau:

E rapu ana tēnei rangahau kia mōhio:

  1. E hia ngā FLS kei roto i ngā kura Māori i tēnei wā?

  2. Ko ēhea kura Māori e whakarite ana kia hanga i (t)ētahi FLS, a ngā marama/tau e heke mai nei? He pēhea te huarahi?

  3. Pēhea te haere o te mahi ako/whakaako i te reo me ngā tikanga Māori, tae atu ki te Mātauranga Māori me te ao Māori, i roto i te FLS?

Me ētahi atu kaupapa / kōrero e hiahia ana ngā whānau o te kura kia hōmai.


Research Definitions:

A kura Māori for the purposes of this research is defined as ‘a

school with a Māori identity’ being either Kura Kaupapa Māori, or

another form of immersion or bilingual school, or a school with a

90%+ Māori roll.


A Flexible Learning Space (FLS) is a new form of ‘loose-fit’ interior

teaching space that is technology-rich, with large open spaces,

permeable boundaries, and furnishings that emphasise student

comfort, health and flexibility. FLS are very topical in education at

the present time, but very little research has been done into the

use of FLS in kura Māori, and whether and how FLS can support

Māori aspirations in education. This research begins to fill that gap.

Te whakarāpopotonga (summary/abstract) mai i te tono pūtea rangahau:

Flexible Learning Spaces (FLS) in kura Māori (schools with Māori identities) make a productive context for exploring how te reo and Mātauranga Māori can be better integrated into the lives of staff and students in schools and classrooms. This work fits under the umbrella of a Māori-centred form of biculturalism in education, which includes bilingualism and is consistent with Kaupapa Māori principles. This proposal describes one of the first empirical studies focusing on FLS in kura Māori, following a Kaupapa Māori research approach, and inverting the logic of most mainstream FLS research. The term ‘spatial justice’ recognizes that social power relations are reflected in all aspects of inhabited spaces, including schools. Māori identities have likewise been distorted or deleted from school

curricula and environments. Combining concepts of  FLS,

school-based marae, and a ‘wide’ concept of curriculum,

we will explore a category of ‘Māori FLS’ as agents of

teaching and learning within te ao Māori (Māori worldview)

frameworks. We will collect data using national surveys,

followed by interviews and ethnography in a representative

sample of kura, and consultations with experts, supported by

literature and theoretical work. We will process the data

collected using numeric, thematic, narrative and critical

discourse analytical strategies.

Mō Mātou:


Whakapā Mai:

Contact details: maorifls[at]gmail[dot]com



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