Mere Skerrett

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Senior Lecturer School of Education

Courses

Teaching in 2019

Qualifications

DipTchg (Primary) Ham, Higher DipTchg Ham, B.Ed Waik, DipTchg(ECE) Ham, M.Phil Auck, Cert BilEd Waik, Whakapakari (TKR), EdD Waik

Profile

Mere has a background in teaching in early childhood, with a focus on Kōhanga Reo. After qualifying as a primary school teacher, she returned to further qualify in the early childhood sector. She then gained further qualifications in teaching students who are Māori/English bilinguals. Mere has led the development of Te Iti Rearea, an initial teacher education programme which enables students to teach in both the early childhood and primary sectors. She also successfully led the development of the Exemplary Masters of Teaching and Learning programme with an Early Childhood Endorsement, Te Kahukiwi o Aotearoa. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education

Iwi affiliations

Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Rakiāmoa, Ngāti Ruahikihiki, Ngāti Māhuta, Ngāti Unu, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Te Rangiunuora, Ngāti Pūkeko

Current research projects

  • Transition across bilingual education settings (MOE)
  • Oral histories, Māori women involved in Ngā Wāhine Toko i te Ora, Rāpaki Branch

Reseach interests

  • Bilingual Education - Second language early childhood teaching methodologies
  • Language Development in young children (reading, writing as well as aural, oral)
  • Equity issues first as they relate to Māori as Tāngata Whenua
    • Secondly as they relate to women's issues and children's rights
  • Māori education (past and present) including pedagogies and assessment
  • Māori politics (its progression)

Supervision interests

I currently supervise doctoral students in the area of bilingual education and special needs in Māori educational settings and one international student.

Recently completed supervisions

Doctoral thesis completions

Rachel Martin (2017) Te Whakarauora Reo Nō Tuawhakarere - Giving our children what we missed out on: Māori language revitalisation for Māori/English bilingualism. Canterbury University. Supervised by Mere Skerrett with Angus Macfarlane.

Kiri Fortune (2016). E kore e piri te uku ki te rino: He huarahi hei tautoko i ngā akonga hauā i roto i ngā horopaki reo Māori. The pathways forward in supporting Māori learners with special needs in Māori medium education settings. Supervised by Mere Skerrett and Sonja Macfarlane.

Master’s thesis completions

Morehu Flutey-Henare (2014) Kaupapa: Kaitaka ā Te Rangiamo. Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Supervised by Mere Skerrett.

Nichole Gully (2011) Master’s thesis. ‘Me Whita, Kia Whita! Hold Fast to Hasten the Blaze! The Development of an Accelerative Approach to acquiring te Reo Māori. Kaupapa: Development of a tool progressing adult acquisition of te reo Māori through gestural methods’ , Canterbury University. Supervised by Mere Skerrett. Kate Cherrington (2007) Kaupapa: Te Hitori o te Wānanga o Aotearoa - historical musings from an insider perspective of development of the Wānanga in the tertiary context of Aotearoa. Support Supervisor.

Affiliations

  • Indigenous Inquiries Circle. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA: Held annually at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
  • Rangahau Mātauranga o Aotearoa - New Zealand Council for Education Research (NZCER) – Board Member
  • Te Hunga Rangahau Mātauranga o Aotearoa - New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) – Vice President
  • Royal Society (RSNZ) – Te Apārangi – Constituent Member
  • Ngā Wāhine Māori Toko i te Ora: Māori Womens Welfare League (MWWL): Vice President, Rāpaki Branch, Te Waipounamu
  • Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa: New Zealand Tertiary Education Union (TEU) – National Women’s Committee representative, Treaty Partnership Group representative.
  • Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ) - (Professional Organisation): Registered Teacher
  • China New Zealand Education Trust (Community Organisation/NGO): Member of delegation to China, May-June 2009
  • Open Polytechnic of New Zealand (Teaching/Research Organisation): Advisory Board, Early Childhood Education and Bicultural Reviewer in a variety of courses.

Recent publications

Recent journal articles and book chapters

Grace, R., Skerrett, M., Ritchie, J., Greenwood, M. (2018). (In Press) Indigenous children and early education transitions: The provision of appropriate early childhood education and care services for Indigenous children and their families from colonized nations. In The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Rights. Routledge.

Skerrett, M. (2018). Pedagogical intentions: Enacting a “refreshed” bicultural curriculum positioned at the crossroads of colonial relations, biocultural education, and critical literacy. Early Childhood Folio 2(1) 3-8. Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER: doi: https://doi.org/10.18296/ecf.0045.

Skerrett M., Ritchie J. (2018) Ara Mai He Tetekura: Māori Knowledge Systems That Enable Ecological and Sociolinguistic Survival in Aotearoa. In: Cutter-Mackenzie A., Malone K., Barratt Hacking E. (eds) Research Handbook on Childhoodnature. Springer International Handbooks of Education. Springer, Cham: doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51949-4_59-1.

Skerrett, M. (2017). Te Whanaungatanga o te Mātauranga Māori me te Rangahau Kaupapa Māori. In A. McFarland & N. Matthews (Ed.), He kete Whakawaitara – He whakatara ā-Rangahau Wellington, New Zealand. Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa mō te Rangahau i te Mātauranga 105 – 116.

Skerrett, M. (2017). Te Kōhanga Reo: early childhood education and the politics of language and cultural maintenance in Aotearoa, New Zealand–A personal-political story. In L. Millar, C.L. Cameron, C. Dalli, & N. Barbour (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Policy, 433-451.

Skerrett, M. (2017). Colonialism, Māori Early Childhood, Language and the Curriculum. In E.A. McKinley L.T. Smith (eds.), Handbook of Indigenous Education, 1-22. Australia, Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-1839-8_17-1

Skerrett, M. (2017). Countering the dominance of a global north in early childhood education through an Indigenous lens in the global south. Global Studies of Childhood, 7(2), 84-98.

Skerrett, M. (2016) The Determinants of 'Quality' in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Māori Perspectives. In G.S Cannella, M.S. Pérez and I.F. Lee (Ed.), Critical Examinations of Quality in Childhood Education and Care: Regulation, Disqualification, and Erasure: 59-82. New York: Peter Lang. (Chapter in Book).

Skerrett, M. & Ritchie, J. (2016). Kia tū taiea: Honouring relationships. Paper for special issue of Revue Internationale d’Éducation SÈVRES ‘Trust, Education and Authority’ 72|2016, 103-113.

Skerrett, M. (2014). Dismantling colonial myths: Centralising Māori language in education. Early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand: History, pedagogy, and liberation. (pp. 10-34). New York:Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/9781137375797.0004.

Skerrett, M. (2014). Policy and Inhibiters of bicultural/bilingual advancement Early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand: History, pedagogy, and liberation. (pp. 35-55). New York:Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/9781137375797.0004.

Skerrett, M. (2014). Crown breaches, neoliberal reforms, and radical pedagogy Early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand: History, pedagogy, and liberation. (pp. 56-69). New York:Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/9781137375797.0004.

Ritchie, J. & Skerrett, M. (2014). Introduction and overview. Early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand: History, pedagogy, and liberation. (pp. 1-9). New York:Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/9781137375797.0004.

Skerrett, M. & Ritchie, J. (2014). Liberatory Praxis: Conclusions. Early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand: History, pedagogy, and liberation. (pp. 130-136). New York:Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/9781137375797.0004.

Ritchie, J., & Skerrett, M. (2014). Early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand: History, pedagogy, and liberation. New York:Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/9781137375797.0004.

Ritchie, J., Skerrett, M., and Rau, C. (2014). Countercolonial Unveiling of Neoliberal Discourses in Aotearoa New Zealand. In International Review of Qualitative Research, Vol. 7, No. 1 (p-p 111-129). DOI: 10.1525/irqr.2014.7.1.111.

Skerrett, M. (2014). Quality for Learners in Early Childhood Settings, Aotearoa/New Zealand: Māori Perspectives has been confirmed to appear in a later Special Issue: of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) journal.

Martin, R. & Skerrett, M. (2013). Language Advancement at the Tribal Level and at the Centre, with Children in Ōtautahi/Christchurch New Zealand. In S. May, (Ed.) LED2011: Refereed conference proceedings of the 3nd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity. Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland. ISBN: 978-0-473-24021-9.

Conference research outputs

Keynote: Skerrett, M.E. & Ritchie, J. (2017). A fantastical journey: Re-imagining Te Whariki. Institute for Early Childhood Studies, Spring Research Seminar. Te Whāriki, 2017. New realities and possibilities. Victoria University of Wellington. 14th October 2017

Keynote: Skerrett, M., (2017). Reaching Out – Responsive and Inclusive Teaching Practices: Sustaining practices in early childhood education. Napier Kindergarten Association, Napier, 2nd October, 2017.

Keynote: Skerrett, M.E. (2017). Unconscious Bias in Indigenist forms of Peer Review. Presented to Te Puni Kōkiri on 9th May 2017.

Skerrett, M.E. (2017). Language-in-Mind/Ko te Reo kia Māori. He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference. Waikato University, Hamilton. 7th March 2017.

Skerrett, M.E. (2017). Transition of tamariki from Māori medium early learning environments to kura and school. NZARE, Waikato University, Hamilton, Wednesday 22nd November 2017. (Presentation with Richard Hill and Lesley Rameka.

Skerrett, M.E. (2017). The personal is political; Sustaining Indigenous Languages in Early Childhood Education. Presented at the 18th PECERA Annual Conference in Cebu, Philippines, 7th July 2017.

Keynote: Plenary: Skerrett, M.E., Ritchie, J., & Rau, C. (2016). Re-weaving and (re)constructing early childhood education in Aotearoa twenty years on from the publication of Te Whāriki. 24th International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Conference, Wairakei Resort, Taupo, New Zealand. October 30th – November 3rd, 2016.

Skerrett, M.E. (2016). Indigenous forms of Peer Review. 7th Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference. Wednesday 16th November. To be presented alongside Shawn Wilson, Mere Skerrett and Damara Paris but I ended up being the only presenter.

Skerrett, M.E. (2016). The promise and practice of Te Whariki: Twenty-one years of teaching with and learning from the early childhood curriculum in Aotearoa. Presentation to NZARE

Skerrett, M.E. (2015). Kei waho, kei te moana! Promoting Māori/English bilinguals: A journey into an alphabet. 4th International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity (LED, 2015), Tuesday 24th November, 2015.

Skerrett, M.E. (2015). Method meets media: biliteracy in the Early Years. New Zealand Association of Research in Education Conference, Wednesday 18th November, 2015.

Skerrett, M.E. (2015). The Importance of Te Reo. Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Presentation. 29th July.

Skerrett, M.E. (2015). Colonizing the Curriculum, Still. Revitalising our Research Relationships. New Zealand Association of Research in Education ECE Special Interest Group. He Mātai Rangahau, Tātai WhanaungatangaConference. Friday, 15th May 2015.

Skerrett, M.E. (2015). Breaking the mould. Critical Qualitative Inquiry in Higher Education. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Presentation held on Friday 22nd May 2015.

Skerrett, M.E. (2015). Peer Review Processes through Indigenist Lens. 4th Annual Indigenous Inquiries Circle Conference: Critical Qualitative Inquiry in Higher Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Group Project/Presentation held on Saturday 23rd May 2015.

Keynote: Skerrett, M.E. (2014) A Journey of ‘geography’ set in motion. 3rd Annual Indigenous Inquiries Circle, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A: Ninth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, May 21, 2014.

Skerrett, M.E. (2014). Indigenous Education in Aotearoa. Conference: Critical Qualitative Inquiry in Higher Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Presentation held on Friday 23rd May 2014, 1.00-2.20 p.m. – Lincoln 1066.

Skerrett, M.E. (2014). Deterritorializing Space: Discourses of ‘Quality’. Conference: Critical Qualitative Inquiry in Higher Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Presentation held on Friday 23rd May 2014, 4.00-5.20 p.m. – Lincoln 1066.

Skerrett, M.E. (2014). Ka Tangi te Tītī. Conference Opening: The Gathering – 6th Annual Event, 14 June 2014. Canterbury University.

Skerrett, M.E. (2014). Living a Language : AFS National Conference Opening: 9 May 2014.

Skerrett, M.E. (2013) Dilemmas in Achieving ‘Quality’ in Māori immersion/bilingual ECE. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A: Ninth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, May 15-18, 2013.

Skerrett, M.E. (2013) Re-Territorializing in Aotearoa/New Zealand. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA: Ninth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, May 15-18, 2013.

Skerrett, M.E. and Ritchie, J. (2013). Kei Tua i te Awe Mapara: The Impacts of Neoliberalism within Early Childhood Education. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA: Ninth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), 15-18 May 2013.

Skerrett, M.E. (2013). The Politics of Pedagogical Darwinism. Christchurch, New Zealand: The Gathering, 15 June 2013.

Skerrett, M.E. (2013) Apiti hono, tātai hono, tātou tātou: The lines are joined, together crossing boundaries: Re-positioning te reo. Lincoln, New Zealand: TRCC Primary Science Conference 2013, 22-23 Apr 2013.

Skerrett, M.E. (2013) Two workshops: Accomplishing Ako Environments. Living Springs, Christchurch, New Zealand: Teachers' Refresher Course Committee (TRCC) Conference: Te puawaitanga o te kākano: Te reo me ngā tikanga Māori, 22-26 Apr 2013.

Courses

Teaching in 2019