Project Details

A two-year project from Western Institute of Technology Taranaki that explores reasons that lead to Māori student withdrawal, as a basis for enhancing the effectiveness of tertiary teaching and support services for Māori at WITT.

Aims

The aim of this project was to: 

  • develop an evidence base that identifies critical factors that lead to Māori student withdrawal
  • enhance the effectiveness of teaching and support services for Māori at WITT
  • increase rates of retention and completion for Māori students.

Methodology

This project used mixed methodology guided by a kaupapa Māori framework to determine, document, and report on the experiences and perspectives of Māori learners who withdrew from WITT in Semester One 2017.

Teachers in programmes that were identified as having particularly high withdrawal rates of Māori students also gave their insights.

Team

WITT

Ken Taiapa

Project Leader

Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki
WITT

Diana Fergusson

Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki

Status

Completed

Funding

$19,046.00 (excl GST)

$9,504.00 Regional Hub Project Fund
$9,542.00 Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT)

Key Findings

Key Recommendations

Report

Te Toka Herenga Waka: Increasing Māori Learner success at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki

This project report explores reasons behind the significant number of Māori student withdrawals in 2017 at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT). It also identifies strategies and approaches that can be used to enhance Māori student participation and achievement in a WITT context.

(PDF, 1.4 MB, 65-pages)

  • 18 November 2019
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