The Ruamano Project

This TLIF aims to increase Māori and Pasifika gifted and talented secondary school boys’ achievement and participation in learning through the use of the Real Engagement in Active Problem Solving (REAPS) model, developed by Prof June Maker and colleagues from the University of Arizona (USA). The research aims are

  • To analyse changes in pre-post test scores (achievement and engagement) for year 9 science students and gifted Maori and Pasifika boys who have experienced REAPS.
  • To assess how year 9 science students and gifted Maori and Pasifika boys experience the REAPS model.
  • To compare how themes of their experiences relate to changes in pre/post scores of engagement and achievement.
  • To map characteristics of Maori and Pasifika gifted against the REAPS model.
  • To develop guidelines for the adaption and implementation of REAPS in a NZ context.