Maori Human Development


In our society today more and more people are curious about the psychology of humans. The way we think, learn and the many natural skills we develop in our lives. In a study by Tangaere-Royal she explores different concepts, which relates to Maori Human Development Learning. This is a study of how Maori people learn and develop different qualities and attributes in life. This essay will identify and discuss these concepts then further explain the complex Maori ideas, which surround them.
One of the concepts found by Tangaere-Royal is that through songs, stories, chants and karakia (prayers) these are the ways Maori perceive the world. They use this to interact with other cultures and the universe. More ideas that surround this concept are traditions, cultural values, customs and language. All of these concepts are passed down generation to generation by kaumatua (elders). This helps Maori people develop their identity through time. Some of these ideas are used today. An example is when you are a visitor to a marae. It is customary that you are welcomed with a powhiri (welcoming ceremony). It is also traditional you offer a koha (donation) to the people of the land.
The concept of learning and development are looked upon in various ways. Tangaere-Royal uses the Poutama a lattice weaving design to show us a visual model of Maori Human
Development Learning. The Poutama is a visual design of steps. Each step describes how much knowledge a person has. This symbolises what learning and development is for Maori. A person is faced with many challenges and this is what helps us to grow. By finding answers to these challenges you have more knowledge about that situation. Every challenge you successfully complete the further you ascend up the stairway. Each step gets you closer towards more knowledge and development physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually and culturally.
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