Project Details

A formal, year-long evaluation of Signposts, a professional development resource for new tertiary teachers developed in 2008. The project resulted in an updated, second edition of Signposts and involved five tertiary institutions, the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, NorthTec, Waikato Institute of Technology, Manukau Institute of Technology and Waiariki Institute of Technology.

Aims: 

The aims of the evaluation project were to identify who used Signposts, how they used it and to canvas users' perceptions of the resources' efficacy, delivery mode and areas for improvement and/or expansion.

Methodology: 

The evaluation methodology featured:

  • development of an online survey tool
  • collaborative, face-to-face analysis of the survey results
  • collaborative review and revision of the Signposts resource
  • launch of a revised, updated second edition of Signposts.

Team

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Dr Judith Honeyfield

Project leader

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
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Linda Shaw

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
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Helen van Toor

Waiariki Institute of Technology (now Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology)
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Liz Fitchett

Waiariki Institute of Technology (now Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology)
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Adam McMillan

Waikato Institute of Technology
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Victor Fester

Waikato Institute of Technology
MIT

Debra Robertson-Welsh

Manukau Institute of Technology
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Pat Reid

NorthTec
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Cath Fraser

Consultant

Independent Contractor

Status

Completed

Funding

$10,000.00 (excl GST)

$10,000.00 Regional Hub Project Fund

Key Findings

Online survey findings

  • Signposts was valued as a staff development tool to support novice teachers.
  • Signposts worked as a framework to outline teacher training topics and as a revision tool for more experienced educators.
  • Its format, language and level was appropriate.
  • It was being used and was found to be useful.
  • However, some pages did need revision, it needed to be available in MS Word and as a PDF and it needed additional websites and references added.
  • A new section for staff developers was recommended.

Benefits of collaboration

  • Signposts was evaluated and updated.
  • New relationships formed.
  • Participants experienced a new way to evaluate professional development for teaching staff.
  • Participants increased their research capability alongside the development of a resource.
  • A community of practice (of staff developers) was strengthened.
  • A new model for evaluating the efficacy of resources was developed.

Key Recommendations

Regularly review of all Ako Aotearoa resource and tools | Ako Aotearoa should identify a systematic, scheduled evaluation and review of all tools (including Signposts) to ensure they remain useful and current.

Design a review system | A review system should be designed for all Ako Aotearoa projects that identifies the resources and tools that need reviewing and assigns people and/or teams to review them.

Report

Collaborative national evaluation of Signposts - A professional development resource for new tertiary teachers

A report prepared for Ako Aotearoa by Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, NorthTec, Waikato Institute of Technology, Manukau Institute of Technology and Waiariki Institute of Technology.

(PDF, 1.4 MB, 21-pages).

  • 30 June 2010
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Tool

Signposts – A professional development resource for new Tertiary teachers

A report prepared for Ako Aotearoa by Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, NorthTec, Waikato Institute of Technology, Manukau Institute of Technology and Waiariki Institute of Technology.

(PDF, 730 KB, 15-pages).

  • 30 June 2010
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Tool

Signposts - A Resource for Staff Developers

A report prepared for Ako Aotearoa by Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, NorthTec, Waikato Institute of Technology, Manukau Institute of Technology and Waiariki Institute of Technology.

(PDF, 631 KB, 4-pages).

  • 30 June 2010
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