Real world learning for real world practice

Workshop Presenter: Emma Rawson

In te ao Māori, the concept of ako means both to teach and to learn. It recognises the knowledge that both teachers and learners bring to learning interactions, and it acknowledges the way that new knowledge and understandings can grow out of shared learning experiences. This powerful concept has been supported by educational research showing that when teachers facilitate reciprocal teaching and learning roles in their classrooms, students’ achievement improves [1]. 

This workshop aims to highlight authentic and collaborative Te Ao Māori Approaches to teaching and learning in Māori Health Promotion that enables students to develop skills and projects that can be directly transferred to on the job real world up to date best practice across inter-professional health disciplines. This workshop will highlight a number of projects developed by 3rd year Māori Health Promotion students for their in semester assessments that have immediate application possibilities. This workshop will feature a partnership facilitation approach including myself as their lecturer and a group of students from MAOH701. 

Attendees at this workshop will be taken on a journey of significant learning opportunities and engagement styles that have roots in Te Ao Māori, the Māori world that can be utilised by anyone to encourage the best outcomes for real world application of learning, and project development for stepping straight into employment. Tips and tricks for a wide range of educators and disciplines will be shared. 

Emma Rawson is a Lecturer in Interprofessional Health Studies. She is of Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāi te Rangi Iwi. She is passionate about Public Health. Emma has a wide range of professional experience including over 14 years in Māori Health, Public Health, Health Promotion and Maori Responsiveness training. 

[1] Alton-Lee, A. (2003). Quality teaching for diverse students in schooling : best evidence synthesis. Ministry of Education. Retrieved from