Project Details

A two-year project focused on the implementation and evaluation of the Pasifika Success Toolkit targeting Pasifika student success. A collaboration involving the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University and Ara Institute of Canterbury. (The toolkit includes: a definition of Pasifika success; a set of Pasifika Success Indicators; exemplars of good practice; and a model for cultural responsiveness training and development).

Aims: 

The primary aims of the project are to:

  • understand how Pasifika learners define success
  • learn more about the initiatives in place to enhance Pasifika success
  • find out if the toolkit makes a difference to Pasifika student experiences and outcomes
  • encourage use of the toolkit across the participating institutions and the tertiary sector.

The project also aims to achieve the following outcomes.

  • Pasifika Success Toolkit is utilised, maintained, developed and regularly evaluated for effectiveness.
  • Pasifika Success Indicators are monitored in tandem with educational performance indicators for improved Pasifika success overall.
  • Pasifika pedagogies and epistemologies are valued and visible within a greater range of areas in teaching, learning and research.
  • Staff whose institutions are involved in the project increase their understanding and confidence to engage more effectively with Pasifika students.
  • Pasifika students have an increased sense of belonging.
  • Institutional environments reflect more culturally responsive services and spaces for Pasifika students.
  • Pasifika recruitment, retention and completion rates improve.

Methodology: 

The project methodology involves five phases: planning and initiation; toolkit implementation; evaluation; qualitative and quantitative analysis and refining and sharing.

Team

UC

Pauline Luafutu-Simpson

Project Contact Leader

University of Canterbury
UC

Liz Keneti

University of Canterbury
ara

Sam Uta’i

Ara Institute of Canterbury
UC

Ashalyna Noa

University of Canterbury
UC

Professor Janinka Greenwood

Academic Advisor

University of Canterbury
UC

Professor Steven Ratuva

Academic Advisor

University of Canterbury
UC

Dr Elena Moltchanova

Academic Advisor

University of Canterbury
ara

Margaret Leonard

Academic Advisor

Ara Institute of Canterbury
Lincoln univeristy

Fatuaiga Dr Lorraine Petelo

Academic Advisor

Lincoln University

Status

Completed

Funding

$102,720.00 (excl GST)

$50,000.00 National Project Fund
$52,720.00 University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, and Ara Institute of Canterbury

Key Findings

Key areas of learning for staff included:

  • Increased understanding of Pasifika culture and values, particularly regarding what ‘success’ means from a Pasifika learner perspective.
  • Increased motivation to implement strategies to help Pasifika learners succeed, including motivation to change approaches in service delivery and changing course curricula to be more flexible and engaging.
  • Increased confidence in engaging with Pasifika, including being conscious of what they can do to enhance Pasifika success within their own role.
  • Increased camaraderie around enhancing Pasifika success, and a shared sense of support with other colleagues.
  • Increased knowledge of what is being done for Pasifika learners within own institution and other institutions.
  • Reinforced the significance of student cultural values in teaching and learning, especially the importance of ensuring Pasifika students feel a sense of belonging.

Respondents found the workshops valuable, informative, engaging, and a safe environment to learn in. As a result, individuals were more confident and assertive in advocating for transformative change in their spaces.

Participants highlighted the impact that the resources had on their practice. All of the resources, such as the student video, PSI wheel - which has now been developed into the Pasifika Success Indicators (PSI) tool - workbook, and cultural frame, were mentioned by participants as being very useful and gave them more confidence in making changes for Pasifika.

Some challenges were noted with transferring knowledge into practice. The key themes around these barriers were time, workload, and structure.

Key Recommendations

Four key themes emerged around staff recommendations:

  • Transforming teaching and learning, particularly teaching pedagogies and practices.
  • Improving support for Pasifika students, including strengthening processes for identifying students.
  • Promoting more about Pasifika to both increase a sense of belonging for Pasifika students and making non-Pasifika more aware of diversity.
  • Providing staff with additional support to increase their awareness of Pasifika culture and values and implement strategies to support Pasifika learners.

Additional funding to develop appropriate and high quality resources and to create an online space to host all the materials was recommended.

Tool

Pasifika Success Indicators (PSI) Tool

A resource prepared by Pauline Luafutu-Simpson, Ashalyna Noa, Sam Uta'i and Lorraine Petelo. 

(PDF, 320 KB, 2-pages).

  • 6 September 2018
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Conference

How do we really grow success for Pacific Learners in Tertiary Education?

‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ is the theme for this year’s national Pacific Tertiary Education Forum. The event brings together a wide range of learners, teachers, support staff, managers and government agencies to discuss and debate better ways of working to make a substantial difference for Pacific learners and staff.

  • 5 September 2018
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Tool

New turtle guides Pacific learner success with good indicators

Launched at the Pacific Tertiary Education Forum this week, the innovative Pasifika Success Indicators (PSI) ‘Turtle’ has been developed as the result of Pacific tertiary students being asked one key question – “What does success mean to you?”

  • 7 September 2018
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