Contexts for Becoming and Belonging
Edited By Mere Berryman, Ann Nevin, Suzanne SooHoo and Therese Ford
Chapter Nine: Cultural and Relational Contexts for Becoming and Belonging
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Cultural and Relational Contexts for Becoming and Belonging
MERE BERRYMAN AND PAUL WOLLERTHE UNIVERSITY OF WAIKATO
EXPERIENCES OF BELONGING
Mere and Paul come to this research and to this chapter from vastly different places. Mere, a Tu-hoe woman, grew up and was educated in a system that did not value her indigenous cultural knowledge. Within this system she was often made to feel ashamed of who she was and always felt compelled to leave her culture at the school gate in order to succeed at school. Moving from school to become a teacher only served to show her how she was perpetuating the very system she wanted to disrupt. Education for her sons, again perpetuated her own experiences of marginalization and disconnection.
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