Ella Henry: Maori and Quantitative Research – A Methodological Dilemma? (VIDEO)

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Ella Henry will be prsenting a seminar on Kaupapa Maori research, as a methodology, epistemology and ontology has been evolving within and outside the academy over the last thirty years.

Its fundamental tenets have most closely aligned with qualitative research, and associated emancipatory methodologies.

This presentation will explore the arguments for and against quantitative approaches, then focus on a recent research project that incorporates both qualitative and quantitative methods, and discuss the tensions for a Maori researcher who is attempting this tenuous amalgamation.

Ella Henry of Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa, Ngati Kuri and Te Rarawa has obtained a BA in Sociology & Maori Studies; and a MPhil in Management Studies & Labour Relations.

Ella was appointed as a Senior Lecturer to Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Maori Development at Auckland University of Technology, in 2008. She teaches research methods and Maori development on the Master of Maori Development programme and is Curriculum Leader of the Maori Media major in the Bachelor of Maori Development. She has been involved in Maori education and development as a researcher, academic and lecturer for much of the last twenty years, as well as being involved in Maori screen production in a variety of capacities. Ella is currently enrolled in a PhD at AUT focussing on Maori working in the screen production sector.

This series is being held by the MANU Ao Academy.

The MANU AO Academy has three main objectives:

  • Accelerating Maori leadership;
  • Strengthening the links between Maori Academics and
  • Maori Professionals and Advancing Maori scholarship

MANU AO involves a series of weekly seminars, ‘named’ lectures, leaders’ workshops, leadership course’s, academic fora, symposia, scholarship research, Monday motivationals and other related activities, including University campus-based Chapter programmes.

MANU AO is supported by the NZ Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (NZVCC) in association with all eight NZ universities. Its Maori Committee, Te Kahui Amokura, acts as the governance entity for this three-year Tertiary Education Commission-funded programme.

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