Concepts: What are Kōrero, Titiro, Whakarongo?

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What are they?

Kōrero, titiro, and whakarongo refer to speaking, observing, and listening.

Can we dig a little deeper?

As a culture with a rich oral tradition, Māori approaches to teaching and learning place great value on speaking, observing, and listening. These different learning styles can relate to any number of different contexts.

How does this help describe a learner-centred teaching environment?

These terms help describe a learner-centred teaching environment because they describe a wide range of teaching contexts where the focus is on what the learners know and do, rather than what the tutor knows or does.

For example, in practice this might include:

  • Kōrero: Speeches, debates, lectures, discussions, talks.
  • Titiro: Visuals, displays, posters, videos, graphics, art, crafts.
  • Whakarongo: Lectures, speeches, waiata, songs, music.

These can include group learning, teaching and learning through demonstration, think aloud, and role play. And could include action-focussed learning that occurs in the context of real-life work and challenges.

  1. How do you cater for different learning styles?
  2. How is your own learning or teaching style perhaps different to your learners?

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