Coyle, F.J.; Hollis, C.J.; Bland, K.J.; Levy, R.H.; Faulkner, R.; Bradshaw, D.; Tiuka, N. 2015 An assessment of a field-based introduction to Earth Science : Te Kura Whenua ki Wairoa. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2015/40 56 p.
Abstract: In November 2014, GNS Science and Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated held a three day wananga on Earth science at Putahi Marae, Frasertown, Wairoa. This was the second wananga to be held under the Te Kura Whenua initiative. The aims of Te Kura Whenua are for scientists and iwi to share perspectives on issues around natural resources, climate change and geological hazards in the region via hands-on learning. There were 28 participants and 7 GNS Science facilitators. Participants ranged from school children to retired adults, with more females (60%) than males. Ten of the adult participants had university degrees. We outline the program of the second Te Kura Whenua wananga and present feedback from participants that shows Te Kura Whenua achieved its goals. Participants were universally positive about their experiences. Combined with the results of the previous wananga, we can confirm that observation-based, experiential learning is an effective for students who fail to engage in school-based science education. (auth)