Pasifika learners and success in tertiary education
In Aotearoa, New Zealand there are many exemplars of good practice for Pasifika students in tertiary education. Within the tertiary landscape, it is clear that there is considerable activity in academic and student support areas for Pasifika students. This research examines good organisational practice that supports Pacific learners to succeed in tertiary education using the Kakala Research Framework. Case studies will be conducted across five New Zealand tertiary organisations, including universities, polytechnics and a private training establishment to identify good practice.
Overall, three broad themes were identified as factors that lead to success for Pacific in tertiary settings:
Appreciative pedagogy, which includes:
- family support in education
- personal commitment to success
- the Learning Village at the Institution
Teaching and learning relationships, which include:
- respectful and nurturing relationships with students
- recognition of cultural identity, values and aspirations
- the creation of ‘Pacific’ physical spaces
- incorporation of students’ learning needs
- insistence on high standards
- opportunities for students to pursue higher education
- learning relationships between students
- mentorship as a learning relationship
Institutional commitment, which includes:
- a firm level of institutional support
- active institutional engagement with the Pacific community
- strong and supportive leadership
- significant Pacific role models.
This project was launched at APSTE 2013
- Cherie Chu, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW)
- Ivy Abella, C/- VUW
- Seann Paurini, C/-VUW
$86,956 (excl. GST)
Presentation given at the 2011 Ako Aotearoa Research in Progress Colloquium
- Chu, C. & Abella, I. (2013 July) Educational practices that benefit Pacific learners in Tertiary Education. Presentation at the Higher Education and Research Development Society of Australasia (HERSDA) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
- Chu, C. & Abella, I. (2013 July) Educational practices that benefit Pacific learners in Tertiary Education. Presentation at the Association of Pasifika Staff in Tertiary Education (APSTE) Conference, Palmerston North, New Zealand.