Auckland scholar shares knowledge with US

By Ewan McDonald

M?ori scholar Dr Melinda Webber from the University of Auckland's Faculty of Education will share her unique knowledge of Aotearoa school communities with American counterparts at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay later this month.

She is a researcher on the University's Starpath Project - a pioneering research project focused on transforming educational outcomes for New Zealand students who are under-achieving at secondary school and under-represented in tertiary education.

She is also leading a research project entitled Ka Awatea: An iwi case study of M?ori student success.

With the help of a Fulbright-Ng? Pae o te M?ramatanga Travel Award, Melinda will share her knowledge of M?ori education, cultural identity development and adolescent social psychology with a range of academic departments in Wisconsin.

She says her exchange will benefit communities, and herself as an indigenous scholar.

Fulbright New Zealand is celebrating its 65th anniversary of educational and cultural exchange between New Zealand and the United States. It has granted more than 3000 awards for New Zealanders and Americans to study, research, teach and present their work in each other's country.

- The Aucklander

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