Project Details

A two-year project to gather data from ITO and polytechnic students to better understand the barriers to Māori student success and identify solutions. A collaboration involving Te Tapuae o Rehu, University of Canterbury, Otago Polytechnic, the Building and Construction ITO and Whenua Kura.

Aims: 

The project aims to:

  • generate new knowledge
  • increase student achievement
  • encourage shifts in practice
  • measure the impact of targeted professional learning and development that addresses key issues identified as impacting on student success.

Methodology:

The project's kaupapa Māori methodology will feature:

  • power-sharing and co-constructed learning between teachers and learners at three unique sites of inquiry
  • a staged approach to implementation, drawing upon Fullan’s approach to change management
  • professional learning
  • use of data to measure impact and to provide opportunities for programme improvement.

Intended outcomes: 

The project intends to identify how to:

  • enhance student/tutor relationships
  • increase retention, completion rates
  • connect to iwi, Māori businesses and networks
  • engage in culturally responsive professional learning and development
  • make long term organisational shifts
  • achieve greater cultural responsiveness in vocational pathways.

Team

Te Tapuae o Rehua

Eruera Prendergast-Tarena

Te Tapuae o Rehua
UC

Sonja Macfarlane

University of Canterbury
Te Tapuae o Rehua

Porsha London

Te Tapuae o Rehua
Te Tapuae o Rehua

Sharon Armstrong

Te Tapuae o Rehua
Te Tapuae o Rehua

Piripi Prendergast

Te Tapuae o Rehua
Te Tapuae o Rehua

Melany Tainui

Te Tapuae o Rehua
bcito

Brett Fleming

Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO)
otago polytechnic

Janine Kapa

Otago Polytechnic
whenua kura

Renata Hakiwai

Whenua Kura

Status

In progress

Funding

$300,000.00 (excl GST)

$150,000.00 National Project Fund
$150,000.00 Te Tapuae o Rehu, University of Canterbury, Otago Polytechnic, the Building and Construction ITO, and Whenua Kura

Key Findings

Key Recommendations