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Indigenous Philosophies and Education: The Case of Kaupapa Māori


This entry focuses on the relevance and potential benefits for Māori and indigenous education of engaging more strategically and critically with philosophy of education, understood as the examination of educational ideas and theoretical frameworks.

To consider kaupapa Māori as an indigenous philosophy of education offers advantages as well as challenges for Māori education. This entry describes links between philosophy of education and kaupapa Māori and extrapolates some key messages in terms of their relevance to indigenous education more generally, starting from an acceptance that everything in education is of political significance (May 2012; Smith 2012).

Kaupapa Māori at the Nexus of Indigenous Education

Kaupapa Māori is widely acclaimed as an example of best-practice indigenous education and a world leader in the indigenous academy (Smith 2012). The two terms “indigenous education” and “indigenous academy” may seem clear and transparent enough but in fact signal a...


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  • Narrative Research
  • Identity Label
  • Narrative Theory
  • Indigenous Identity

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Stewart, G. (2016). Indigenous Philosophies and Education: The Case of Kaupapa Māori. In: Peters, M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer, Singapore.

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