Project Details

An 18-month project to identify phenomenal educators and teaching practices that are of immense benefit to Pacific students in tertiary education and to inform institutional and sectoral improvements. A collaboration of Victoria University of Wellington and Weltec.

Aims:

The main aims of the project were to:

  • identify, analyse and describe phenomenal educators who have effective teaching and learning practices in place for Pacific learners
  • identify and describe the preferred learning styles of Pacific learners
  • develop a toolkit which encompasses the learnings, titled: From Good to Great: The 10 Habits of Phenomenal Educators for Pacific Learners.

Methodology:

This project used an appreciative inquiry method involving:

  • a review of Pacific tertiary literature
  • a questionnaire/survey of Pacific learners’ to identify their learning style preferences
  • development of 15-20 case studies about phenomenal educators
  • Talanoa group discussions with Pacific learners
  • video-mentaries of Pacific learners
  • development of a Toolkit titled: From Good to Great: The 10 habits of Phenomenal Educators for Pacific Learners
  • a focused dissemination of the Toolkit combined with a professional development programme.

Team

victoria university

Cherie Chu

Project Co-Lead

Victoria University of Wellington (VUW)
weltec

Janice Ikiua-Pasi

Project Co-Lead

Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec)
weltec

Arden Perrot

Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec)
weltec

Dr Fiona Beals

Project Advisor

WelTec

Pale Sauni

Project Mentor

Status

Completed

Funding

$240,130.00 (excl GST)

$120,000.00 National Project Fund
$120,130.00 Victoria University of Wellington

Key Findings

Key Recommendations

Tool

Kato Toolkit - From Good to Great: The 10 Habits of phenomenal educators for Pacific learners

The Kato Toolkit has been designed as a gift for tertiary educators to help them transform the way they embrace and celebrate Pacific cultures and learners in their classrooms and learning spaces.

  • 30 June 2021
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Report

Summary Report - From Good to Great: The 10 Habits of phenomenal educators for Pacific learners

The Summary Report of this project focuses on the researchers’ methodology and design, including the preferred learning styles of Pacific learners. It also documents student talanoa of their experiences with phenomenal educators.

  • 30 June 2021
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Report

Full report - From Good to Great: The 10 Habits of phenomenal educators for Pacific learners in New Zealand tertiary education

The Full Report includes 11 case studies describing the phenomenal educators involved in the project. It outlines the methodology, which is built around an Appreciative Inquiry approach.

  • 30 June 2021
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