Te Ara Whakamana programme now available
The programme for Te Ara Whakamana: Pathways, transitions and bridges to tertiary education is now available. This event is jointly hosted by Ako Aotearoa and Manukau Institute of Technology’s Centre for Studies in Multiple Pathways, and is scheduled for 4 and 5 July in Wellington.
A range of New Zealand researchers, practitioners, and officials will present on both strategic and practice-oriented topics. We are also particularly delighted to be joined by two international speakers: Professor John Polesel of the University of Melbourne and Dr Gary Hoachlander of ConnectED: The California Center for College and Career.
International keynote presenters
Professor Polesel’s presentation will discuss Australia’s approach to vocational education and training, identifying valuable lessons for New Zealand. Drawing on research into the experiences of young people, John will argue that there is a central problem with the perceived status of vocational education pathways, and that this needs to be addressed to make these pathways more effective.
Dr Hoachlander’s presentation will describe the concept of ‘linked learning’, as used extensively throughout California. In this model, secondary students choose among pathways in fields as diverse as engineering, arts and media, or biomedicine and health, which link strong academic content with demanding professional/ technical education and ‘real world’ experience. Implementing linked learning has led to higher graduation rates, increased post-secondary enrolments, and greater civic engagement amongst Californian students.
Other programme content
In addition to Professor Polesel and Dr Hoachlander, the programme for Te Ara Whakamana includes plenary and concurrent sessions from a variety of New Zealand experts in the transitions space. These will include sessions examining research and official data on young people’s experiences of transitions, and key strategic issues such as:
- how we can ensure successful transitions for Māori and Pacific youth
- pathways and transitions in STEM subjects
- how to improve collaboration between the secondary and tertiary sectors.
Practice-focused sessions include case studies on supporting learners through their first year of tertiary study, using pre-enrolment conversations to facilitate transitions and preparing secondary students to learn in the workplace.
Sessions from the Ministry of Education will cover the implementation of vocational pathways, including support for uptake and delivery, and the Youth Guarantee suite of initiatives.
Find out more or register for Te Ara Whakamana: Pathways, transitions and bridges to tertiary education.
Registrations close on June 29, with earlybird registration closing on May 25.