Posted by: waikatogifted | May 8, 2011

TKI, Knowledge-in-a-Basket, and Gifted & Talented Online

Te Kete Ipurangi, commonly known as TKI, is a New Zealand Ministry of Education website. Onsite, the name is translated as “the knowledge basket”, although the cynic within me is somewhat delighted that it could also be translated as the basket of toadstools (especially when I can’t find what I’m looking for there). But why knowledge in a basket? Traditional Māori wisdom holds that there are three baskets of knowledge. There is a detailed explanation of this at http://crash.ihug.co.nz/~dominic/knowledg.html. An excerpt follows, but the page as a whole is well worth a look.

The understanding of what is contained in the three baskets also varies from tribe to tribe. What I present here is the understanding of the baskets and their contents given by the Reverend Maori Marsden.

According to Marsden te kete aronui is the kit containing the knowledge of what we see, aro-nui, ‘that before us’, the natural world around us as apprehended by the senses.

Te kete tuauri is the basket containing the knowledge that is tuauri, ‘beyond, in the dark’, the knowledge which understands, ‘stands under’, our sense experience. It is the understanding we build up of “the real world of the complex series of rythmical patterns of energy which operate behind this world of sense perception”.

The third basket is te kete tuaatea, the basket which contains the knowledge of spiritual realities, realities beyond space and time, the world we experience in ritual.

Of particular importance to us, if we are to grasp the worth of the human person in Maori terms, is the knowledge contained in both the second and third baskets of knowledge.

Three Baskets of Knowledge

Three Baskets of Knowledge at Mountain View School by artist Leisha Conrad.

Photograph by Flickr member sharpjacqui. Attribution, noncommercial and share-alike licenses apply. See larger image.

The Gifted and Talented Community within the TKI website is currently being revamped as Gifted and Talented Online, and should be well worth watching. A mailing list was launched last week, and you can subscribe at http://gifted.tki.org.nz/Interact. Some interesting people are introducing themselves already, and I’m sure the list will be an asset to New Zealand’s gifted education and advocacy. Kate Niederer is facilitating the mailing list, and is an exciting and inspirational lady who has done great things in gifted education both here in New Zealand and in the UK. I’m sure the developments onsite will be well worth following in the lead-up to Gifted Awareness Week.

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