Weaving our worlds: Māori learner outcomes from an equity-focused strengths-based programme in Health Sciences
This project aims to enhance and then evaluate outcomes form a strengths-plus-evidence-based approach to increase the academic achievement of Māori Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) students at the University of Otago.
The project and its findings have the potential for application to other educational areas and institutions.
The main output is a project report called Māori learner outcomes from an equity-focused strengths-based programme in Health Sciences project (pictured right).
There was also a presentation at the Ako Aotearoa / Teaching and Learning Research Initiative Tertiary Research in Progress Colloquium IV, Wellington called Weaving our worlds: Māori learner outcomes from an equity-focused strengths-based programme in health sciences.
More about this project
In 2011 the University of Otago Māori Health Workforce Development Unit (MHWDU) first implemented Te Whakapuāwai, a programme supporting Māori students in the competitive and demanding HSFY course. Te Whakapuāwai is delivered by committed Māori staff and includes culturally responsive pastoral and academic support and information, whakawhanaungatanga, and course and career advising.
- To increase the number and diversity of Māori students successfully progressing through HSFY at the University of Otago.
- To refine, implement and measure, the impact of a comprehensive, culturally-responsive, peer- assisted metacognitive development/ accelerated group study skills programme.
- To maintain a specific equity focus, ensuring outcomes for economically/ educationally disadvantaged students.
- To advance understanding of best practise including when addressing structural disadvantage, institutional and cultural responsiveness and student learning theory specific to Māori learners
- To disseminate knowledge of critical success factors and effective methods for increasing Māori student learning development, achievement and retention in a manner that is accessible for others (practitioners, students, whānau, community and organisations).
- To support institutional change by embedding findings into practice and promote broader applications locally, nationally and internationally.
02/03/15 Phase one update
02/03/15 Opinion - From inspiration to graduation: Otago’s Māori health workforce development programmes have led to a dramatic increase in the numbers of Māori students studying in the health professions – and their success.
- Enhanced programme design
- Programme implementation
- Process and Outcomes evaluation
- Written reporting
- Embedding change / Dissemination
- Underpinned by a kaupapa Māori strengths-based framework, i.e., Māori led, non-deficit, non-remedial, culturally affirming and Māori-centred
- ‘Early’ contact, assistance and guidance with transition into HSFY/ University
- Clear and accurate advising, academic and pastoral support (collaborative)
- Ongoing individual and group progress support for learners
- Tracking and monitoring (qualitative and quantitative)
- Fosters whanaungatanga/ a sense of belonging
- Encourages academic excellence
- The establishment of a Peer Reference Group to support project theory and delivery
- A comprehensive Kaihautu/Peer Facilitator training workshop
- Kaihautu/Peer Facilitator resource, handbook and reflective journal
- Programme induction, enhanced whanaungatanga and overview for Māori HSFY students
- A six-week group accelerated learning/ metacognitive programme facilitated by Kaihautu/Peer Facilitator
- Individual assessment goal-setting and ongoing tailored support for Māori HSFY students
- On-going group, individual and Kaihautu/Peer Facilitator support and guidance
- Iterative process and outcomes evaluation (qualitative and quantitative)
- Comprehensive outcomes review and quality improvement
- Comprehensive tracking, monitoring, reporting and dissemination of findings
- 2015 planning and programme delivery (based on review and quality improvement)
- Associate Professor Joanne Baxter, University of Otago – Project Leader
- Zoë Bristowe, University of Otago
- Sarona Fruean, University of Otago
- James Meager, University of Otago
- Anna Dawson, University of Otago
- Ako Aotearoa $150,000 (excl. GST)
- University of Otago $207,923 (excl. GST)
- Project commenced: February 2014
- Expected project completion: Start 2015
The report from this project is published under the Creative Commons 3.0 New Zealand Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike Licence (BY-NC-SA). Under this licence you are free to copy, distribute, display and perform the work as well as to remix, tweak, and build upon this work noncommercially, as long as you credit the author/s and license your new creations under the identical terms.