“Other” Education Down-Under: Indigenising the Discipline for Psychologists and Specialist Educators

Angus Hikairo Macfarlane


Applied psychology, in its modern global context, requires evidence-based, culturally relevant assessment and intervention approaches. New Zealand’s bicultural and multicultural society is attempting to take such steps, in particular within contexts where psychologists and special education professionals work. This paper advocates for inclusive approaches that value and recognise the indigenous “other” and intersect with the everyday culture and lived realities of particular groups and individuals, in a range of authentic ways. Indigenous rights, culturally grounded epistemology, unpacking assessment and intervention processes are each discussed. A conceptual framework is presented for appropriately blended clinical practice and a coherent scientific-indigenous framework.


indigenous; Maori; applied psychology; evidence-based; multicultural

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