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Hei Āwhina Mātua: the development of a New Zealand bi-cultural home and school behaviour management programme

Teachers too readily blame students' failure to learn at school on perceived inadequacies in students' home backgrounds, their cultural differences, their ethnicity and their parents' lack of motivation or commitment to help them achieve (Bishop, Berryman, Richardson & Tiakiwai, 2001). Parents may just as readily blame their children7s low achievement and behavioural difficulties on teachers' ignorance of students' cultural and ethnic origins, and on teachers growing increasingly out of touch with the financial and emotional stresses and strains of contemporary parenting.