A Mātauranga Māori Perspective of Literacy for Adult Learners

This article aims to draw attention to the aspirations for literacy policy and practice described in Māori-led responses to the Ministry of Education’s Adult Literacy Strategy and subsequent policy statements and embodied in the practices of some tertiary organisations. The Māori view of literacy includes literacy in te reo Māori and English but extends beyond alphabetic text, emphasising embodied practices focused on reading the world culturally, spatially, and socially. We argue that current adult literacy policy does not enable a Māori perspective of literacy to flourish.

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