Explore the transformative power of Tuakana-Teina, a Māori concept of reciprocal learning, in adult education settings across New Zealand. Learn how this elder-younger sibling dynamic enriches learning environments, fosters inclusivity, and enhances both individual and collective educational experiences.
Learn about tuakana-teina, a Māori concept emphasizing the importance of collaborative learning, mutual respect, and support within a community. Discover practical steps to foster this relationship in your classroom or workshop, promoting a safe and comfortable environment for learning and growth.
This is an excerpt from an upcoming eBook and collaboration by Aroha Puketapu with Graeme…
Tuakana-teina refers to the relationship between an older person (tuakana) and a younger person (teina). It is specific to teaching and learning in the context of Māori. In a more traditional Māori setting, the meaning is literally “older sibling-younger sibling”.
Tuakana-teina is a mentoring approach where typically the mentors (tuakana) share their experiences, and their knowledge as well as provide information. The tuakana is a support person and adviser for the teina and the teina gives the tuakana a chance to learn new things and meet new people. Think of this as ako in action.