Articulating and implementing a “pedagogy of success” for Pacific students in tertiary education
About the Project
Completed in late 2016, this ambitious study sought to go beyond providing a description of factors that make a difference for Pacific learners, by supporting and mentoring institutions and educators to implement known successful models and practices into their own programmes.
The implementation phase of the project was formatively evaluated to provide evidence that addressed questions of validity, replication and scalability. The collaborative project was led by Whitireia Community Polytechnic and included project team members from Unitec Institute of Technology, and Massey University.
Using an appreciative inquiry approach, , articulate the principles and practice of a pedagogy for success for Pacific students and through collaboration using Action Research processes work with colleagues in other institutions to demonstrate that a culture and expectation for success is achievable.
 Cooperrider, D.L. & Whitney, D. (2005). Appreciate inquiry. A positive revolution in change., In: P. Holman & T. Devane (eds). The Change Hand book. San Francisco. Berrell-Koehler. Pages 245-263.
 Giles, D. & Alderson, S. (2008). An appreciative inquiry into the transformative learning experiences of students in a family literacy project. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 48, 465-478.
- Systematically articulate the features of a pedagogy of success for Pacific learners.
- Working with collaborative partners/teaching teams demonstrate the effective transfer of knowledge embedded in this pedagogical approach.
- Adopter teams are supported and mentored through an implementation phase to demonstrate enhanced Pacific learner completion and success rates.
- Undertake formative evaluations of the project to ensure objective measures of learner success are achieved and replication of the model is enhanced through valid and reliable evidence based methodology.
- Dean Emeritus Margaret Southwick (project contact leader), Whitireia Community Polytechnic
- Jean Mitaera, Whitireia Community Polytechnic
- Wendy Scott, Whitireia Community Polytechnic
- Louise Falepau, Whitireia Community Polytechnic
- Theresa Nimarota, Whitireia Community Polytechnic
- Dr Fotu Fisi'iahi, Unitec Institute of Technology
The project team from Whitireia Community Polytechnic and Unitec Institute of Technology (from L to R: Louise Falepau, Dr Fotu Fisi’iahi, Dr Margaret Southwick, Theresa Nimarota, Wendy Scott and Jean Mitaera.)
This project was completed in late 2016.
Ako Aotearoa $75,000 (excl. GST)
Whitireia $75,000 (excl. GST)
Project commenced: February 2014
Expected project completion: Mid 2016
Southwick, M, Falepau, L., Mitaera, J. and Fisi’iahi, F. (July 2014). Articulating and implementing a “pedagogy of success” for Pacific students in tertiary education. Presentation at the Ako Aotearoa / Teaching and Learning Research Initiative Tertiary Research in Progress Colloquium IV, Wellington. (306kb PPT)
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