'The concept of Ako, which relates to the traditional Māori thinking about the transfer and absorption of skills, knowledge, wisdom, experience, much of which has traditionally occurred in the course of everyday activities. It implies learn and instruct at the same time.'
I feel it is at the heart of my values and beliefs, and see myself ;
- Teaching and learning from my students
- Learning in teaching as I teach
- Learning from other teachers through observation and communication
- Focus - Ako Tuakana/Teina
- Reflection - Learning from others
- Action - Creating relationships
- Rationale - intrinsic belief in reciprocating the flow of knowledge from one individual to another
- Peer to peer – teina teaches teina, tuakana teaches tuakana.
- Younger to older – the teina has some skills in an area that the tuakana does not and is able to teach the tuakana.
- Older to younger – the tuakana has the knowledge and content to pass on to the teina.
- Able to less able – the learner may not be as able in an area, and someone more skilled can teach what is required.' (Turuki,2013)
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Heather Day, Educational Development Centre , Otago Polytechnic
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