He Whakaaturanga Rangahau - Research Extravaganza
Monday 22 August heralded the launch of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology’s (CPIT) Research Week. Following Chief Executive Kay Giles’ warm welcome, researchers and invited guests were entertained and educated in The Science and Art of Chocolate, covering areas such as the chemist’s perspective on the nutritional value of chocolate, the mystery of chocolate and addiction which is very real although research has failed to define the factors that lie behind it, and finally the history of chocolate and the chocolate making process.
During Research Week, Selena Chan shared findings of Belonging, becoming and being: First year apprentices’ experiences in the workplace, the Ako Aotearoa project funded through the National Project Fund. This project is in its final stages and the research report, as well as a practical guide for students will be available on the Ako Aotearoa website soon. Along with the full research report, we are developing a practical guide for people considering an apprenticeship. Jane Maidment and Dominic Chilvers also gave an overview on the progress of their Southern Hub-funded project Learning to conduct collaborative social work research in the field.
It is exciting to see the extent of research being undertaken by CPIT staff. My congratulations go to Margaret Leonard, CPIT’s Manager Research and Knowledge Exchange for bringing these people together to share their work