From fragmentation to co-operation: Examining the state of and progress towards a unified approach to education research in NZ
A paper presented by Peter Coolbear (Director, Ako Aotearoa) at the April 2009 Bright*Star Tertiary Education Summit reporting on the start of an analysis of recent research work in tertiary education in New Zealand.
Authors: Peter Coolbear, Kirsty Weir and Warren Sellers, Ako Aotearoa, the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence
Rationale and context
This paper reports on the start of an analysis of recent research work in tertiary education in New Zealand. As the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, we have been undertaking this analysis to inform the development of our own research and project funding initiatives which total over $1.6m per annum.
With a mandate to work across the tertiary sector we are interested in the priorities for research from the perspective of improving educational outcomes for learners. We want to understand what constitutes high value research in terms of its potential impact on practice. We are also interested from the perspective that most of the bodies that we might expect to have a strategic view on this do not seem to have a coherent position.
Ako Aotearoa’s National Register of Research and Implementation Projects conducted between 2006 and 2008 identifies over 700 separate pieces of work. One has to ask, therefore, why this very considerable effort has had so little apparent impact on practice? In this paper we explore why this might be the case.