The Gender-Ethnic Divide: Mathematics and English Progress of Pakeha, Māori, and Pasifika Students

March 2008
New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies;2008, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p33
Academic Journal
This paper presents data on the progress of Pakeha, Māori, and Pasifika students in English and mathematics in 82 New Zealand secondary schools (Years 9 to 11). To assess progress, a baseline assessment was administered to 13,000+ Year 9 students in 2002. These data were later compared to the students' 2004 National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) results. In English, Pakeha girls in the middle and upper achievement quartiles are making the greatest progress: Māori boys the least. In the lowest quartile, Pasifika girls are making the greatest progress. In mathematics, the picture is more complex, with Pakeha boys and girls slightly in front in the top three achievement quartiles. In the bottom quartile, all ethnic groups make similar degrees of progress. The research data suggests that Māori and Pasifika boys make slower progress in New Zealand secondary schools than their female counterparts (in all except the lowest ability category), however further research is needed to account for contextual factors not included in this research.


Related Articles

  • Effective Pakeha teachers of Māori students. Lang, Catherine // Waikato Journal of Education;2013, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p183 

    The article describes qualitative, social justice-based case study research undertaken between late 2004 and 2006 with four Pakeha primary teachers of Maori children, and with children from those classes and their parents/whanau in New Zealand. The study aimed to gather insights about what...

  • Ä€whina: a programme for Māori and Pacific tertiary science graduate and postgraduate success. Wilson, Marc; Hunt, Maree; Richardson, Liz; Phillips, Hazel; Richardson, Ken; Challies, Danna // Higher Education (00181560);Dec2011, Vol. 62 Issue 6, p699 

    In New Zealand, Māori (indigenous New Zealanders) and Pacific students tend not to attain the same levels of educational success as Pākehā (New Zealanders of European descent). Addressing this problem is a particular challenge in the sciences. The kaupapa (values-base) of Te Rōpū...

  • MÄ€ORI ISSUES. Mutu, Margaret // Contemporary Pacific;2011, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p227 

    The article discusses the political issued faced by Māori as of 2011 in New Zealand. It notes that the government has launched racist attacks on various segments of the Māori community as part of its ongoing agenda to maintain Pākehā hegemony. Furthermore, it mentions that Maori has...

  • The Stirrers Who Shaped the Nation. SCOTT, MARK // North & South;Jun2013, Issue 327, p46 

    The article reports on the history of Maori and Pakeha peace activists in New Zealand. Colonel George Hamilton-Browne lamented in his memoir that the military solution would have quickly sorted the Maori problem had it not been thwarted by "a gang." When soldiers invaded peaceful Maori villages,...

  • Self-Efficacy Beliefs of At-Risk Students in Malaysian Secondary Schools. Elias, Habibah; Mahyuddin, Rahil; Noordin, Nooreen; Abdullah, Maria Chong; Roslan, Samsilah // International Journal of Learning;2009, Vol. 16 Issue 4, p201 

    Self-efficacy beliefs determine how people feel, think, motivate themselves and behave. A strong sense of efficacy enhances human accomplishment and personal well being in many ways. Self-efficacy is defined as people's beliefs about their capabilities to produce designated levels of performance...

  • Gifted Lands. Brown, Harko // New Zealand Physical Educator;Feb2012, p23 

    The article offers information about the influence of traditional Maori game on the tribal people Maori and Pakeha tribes. It mentions that chief executive officer of the Waitangi Sports Ground, New Zealand Andy Larsen founded The Waitangi Bowl (WB) tournament and has been coordinating it since...

  • New maths and English GCSEs.  // Education Journal;11/4/2013, Issue 179, p1 

    The article reports on a November 1, 2013 announcement by British Education Secretary Michael Gove regarding revisions to the General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSEs) for English and mathematics that will add rigor to the examinations. It is said that secondary school students in...

  • Multiple Identifications, Movement, and Place Making in Cross-Cultural Heterosexual Relationships in New Zealand. Schäfer, Gabriele // New Zealand Sociology;2010, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p4 

    The article explores the concept of cross-cultural heterosexual relationship between the couples from Maori and Pakeha in New Zealand. A research which considered the lived experience of the couples who had been in the cross-cultural relationship revealed that most couples found challenging to...

  • A song for Pakeha. WELLS, PETER // Metro (NZ);Apr2012, Issue 362, p102 

    In this article the author discusses an essay on the Pakeha people of the New Zealand. He stated about the generous seating in the Maori section of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. He further discusses on the history of Pakeha, Pakeha experience of life in Aotearoa New Zealand and their living...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics