Learning communities: A structured approach to student integration
This paper given at the 2005 conference of the Higher Education, Research & Development Society (HERDSA) focuses on bridging programmes for Māori and Pasifika students in polytechnics.
About the paper
This paper explores and evaluates the success of Māori and Pasifika learning communities established in a bridging programme within a polytechnic environment. The implications extend much wider into the tertiary environment than for simply the most ‘at risk’.
The learning community, using collaborative learning strategies allows students to have a voice, to feel safe articulating fears and ideas and to learn collectively, critically and in consultation with tutors who are there to facilitate, challenge and guide students to take an active role in constructing knowledge.
Furthermore, the learning community concept sits comfortably alongside the notion of whakawhanaungatanga and offers the opportunity to create a learning space that embraces Māori culture and other minority cultures.
Alexandra McKegg – Unitec
You can download the paper (245 KB PDF) from the HERDSA 2005 conference website.