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Mums and teachers have mismatched views on Pacific kids' school performance

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Do Pacific parents, children, and their teachers share similar views on academic performance in New Zealand? Kiwi researchers surveyed 1000 Pacific kids and their mums in Auckland, and reviewed more than 500 teacher evaluations of the 6-year-olds. Their findings suggest that kids and mums tend to rate the child's performance higher than the teachers, but the authors say that culturally appropriate strategies could help make sure that Pacific children aren’t left behind in class.

Journal/conference: PLOS One

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Organisation/s: University of Canterbury, AUT University

Funder: HMK, PJS, BM, JE, LTT, and GG declare research funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) (, which provided contribution to their salary via a research grant [15-02688]. Through the conduct of the Pacific Island Families (PIF) study, PJS and E-ST also declare contribution to their salary via the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) ( and Foundation for Research, Science and Technology research grants [AIT801; AITX0202].

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