Guiding and supporting learners
The project, which gathered information from Private Training Establishments (PTEs) in the Western Bay of Plenty, offers good practice for the support and guidance of learners, and reports on the effectiveness of this from a student perspective.
Heather Hamerton, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
Brian Findsen, Pathways College, University of Waikato
Amy Edwards, Bethlehem Tertiary Institute
Stephen Strawbridge, Adventure Education and ASI NZ
Date: March 2012
About the project
In larger tertiary organisations, such as universities and ITPs, specialist units are usually in place to offer students support and guidance with their learning. However, many PTEs are quite small and do not have resources for providing specialised support units for their students. Nevertheless, they need to find ways to guide and support them, just as larger organisations do.
In 2009, a group of learning advisors completed an Ako Aotearoa funded project looking at the learning supports provided at ITPs and universities with the goal of identifying interventions that have a tangible impact on student retention and success (Manalo, Marshall & Fraser, 2010). This recent project complements that work by focusing on the PTE sector. A survey of students provided evidence of the usefulness of the guidance and support.
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