Merhaba Misafir

Understanding academic underachievement of the minority ethnic groups in New Zealand: The issues of class and culture in education


The academic success of the minority ethnic groups in New Zealand who have been historically disadvantaged by the schooling system is a major education initiative of the New Zealand government. These underachieving groups of learners are currently referred to as ‘priority learners’ in New Zealand. This paper portrays the prominent debate on academic underachievement of minority students in education. The issues of class and culture are discussed in depth through the theoretical lenses of Marx, Bourdieu and Gramsci with reference to Maori and Pasifika students. We support the view that inequality in education is caused by class locations not cultural identifications. The academic success of these students is dependent upon educators’ need to challenge their own deficit thinking on minority students’ underachievement.

Yayınlandığı Kaynak : TOJNED The Online Journal of New Horizons in Education
  • Yıl : 2018
  • Cilt : 8
  • ISSN : 2146-7374
  • Sayı : 1
  • Sayfa Aralığı : 109-117
  • IO Kayıt No : 62418
  • Yayıncı : Sakarya Üniversitesi Yayınları