May 18, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

International award for a couple of Maori researchers

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(Waikato University) University of Waikato Pro Vice-Chancellor Maori Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith has been made a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her husband Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith, CEO of Waikatos partner institution, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane has also been named a 2014 fellow.

Screen Shot 2014-03-12 at 11.23.47 pmProfessor Linda Smith (Ngati Awa and Ng?ti Porou) is Professor of Education and Maori Development and Dean of the School of Maori and Pacific Development at the University of Waikato. In 2013 she was awarded a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to M?ori and education.

Research achievements

The AERA award acknowledges Professor Smiths notable and sustained research achievements. She is a member of New Zealands Health Research Council, Chair of the Maori Health Committee, a member of the Marsden Fund Council and Convener of the Social Sciences Assessment Panel and a member on the Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Professor Smith was a founding Joint Director of New Zealands Maori Centre of Research Excellence from 2002-2007.

She is a former President of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education and most recently served as a member of the Constitutional Advisory Panel.

Contributions to indigenous study

Professor Smith has worked in the field of Maori Education and Health for many years as an educator and researcher and is well known for her work in Kaupapa Maori research. Her book Decolonising Methodologies Research and Indigenous Peoples has been an international best seller in the indigenous world since its publication in 1998.

The Smiths are the only New Zealanders on a list of 22 international scholars to be inducted into the 2014 class of AERA. Their formal induction takes place on April 4 in Philadelphia.

Its fantastic to receive recognition from AERA as it highlights Maori contributions to educational knowledge and New Zealand’s outstanding record of education research, says Professor Linda Smith.

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