Central Hub projects coming your way soon
A group of projects commissioned by the Central Hub in 2011 will be completed over the next couple of months. The projects may be of interest to you once they are completed and published on the Ako Aotearoa website.
- Evaluation of 'Hearing Voices'
- Preparing female sport management students for leadership roles in sport
- Wellbeing and academic success
- Successful teaching and learning for Māori, Pacific and youth learners – the Whitireia way 2011
- RESIST – an earthquake design tool for architecture and civil engineering teachers and students
- Tumanako – a Māori perspective methodology of embedding literacy and numeracy within adult learning and teaching
- Cracking the reading code: An audio-visual resource for learners and teachers
When these project reports are released, you can find links to them at the bottom of the Central Hub home page, under the heading, 'What's new'. If you are a registered website user, you will also receive notification in our monthly Website Bulletin.
Evaluation of 'Hearing Voices' – Arana Pearson, Keepwell
This research evaluates the impact on practice and attitude in the workplace of an experiential learning approach in education. MP3 technology is used to simulate distressing voices and these are used to train mental health workers in what it is like to hear them. The research has included a survey of the mental health workers who have attended the training over the past 2 years, with the aim of gathering 100 responses. Students of the programme attended 2 focus groups and a range of stakeholders, including workplace managers and tertiary training leaders, have been interviewed. The report will include reflection about simulation training, based upon consumer experience.
Preparing female sport management students for leadership roles in sport – Sarah Leberman, Massey University
Researching the career pathways of women across different generations may help to understand why women remain under-represented in leadership roles in New Zealand sport. The purpose of this inter-University research is to examine the university learning experience, career expectations and experiences of females in New Zealand sport organisations. The experiences of 2 groups of women has been examined. The first group were recent female sport-management graduates and the second were female CEOs of New Zealand sport organisations.
Wellbeing and academic success – Catherine Ross, The Learning Centre, Te Wahanga Whakaparkari Ako Aotearoa, Open Polytechnic
Tertiary students, who have enrolled for the first time, were invited to participate in the 'Tuesday Programme' which ran for 7 weeks. Each week there as a new topic promoting well-being. The research measures 2 aspects of the programme: academic success; and levels of wellbeing against students in a control group.
Successful teaching and learning for Māori, Pacific and youth learners – The Whitireia Way 2011 – Ria Tomoana, Whitireia New Zealand
This project aims to collate 'best practice' stories and exemplars that have enhanced successful learning experiences for Māori, Pacific and youth learners at Whitireia. The stories, strategies and exemplars have been sourced from Whitireia staff. The research aims to encourage the use of successful strategies by all staff and a professional development reference tool has been developed.
RESIST: an earthquake design tool for architecture and civil engineeringteachers and students – Andrew Charleson, Victoria University of Wellington
This project involves updating, enhancing and making the existing software, 'RESIST', accessible to all teachers and students. Previously the software was sold to tertiary institutions to cover the costs of its development, which limited its use. Some institutions have not been able to purchase it and students can use it only whilst at their place of study. This project has updated the software to include recent research and the earthquake code changes, which enhances its effectiveness as a design and teaching tool. It will be made freely available to any users from the Ako Aotearoa website.
Tumanako: a Māori perspective methodology of embedding literacy andnumeracy within adult learning and teaching – Huhana Mete, Tumanako Enterprises Ltd.
This project provides information and research to verify how the Tumanako methodology for embedding literacy and numeracy increases retention and achievement for Māori and other students. 20 adult educators who have been taught and are using Tumanako were surveyed and 4 main aspects of Tumanako methodology were explored. They are:
- Whakapapa – true potential is housed within the practice of self-identity and self-discovery
- Manamotuhake – knowing the gifts and talents that are born within each of us
- Kaitiakitanga – guardianship where talents can be grown and protected
- Tinorangatirtanga – decision-making and leadership for abundance, freedom
- and sharing.
Cracking the reading code: an audio-visual resource for learners and teachers – Mary Silvester, Whitireia New Zealand
This project comprises the production of 2 short DVDs aimed at students who experience reading difficulties in the tertiary context. The DVDs are accompanied by notes, which can be used as a literacy resource for tutors working with students with low literacy levels. DVD One re-creates a model session showing a tutor working with a student on strategies to enable the student to unpack and read an academic text. The second DVD records the experiences of a student with dyslexia and Irlens syndrome, who used these ‘disabilities’ as an inspiration for the courses in her creative arts degree.