Strengthening student representation in short and lower-level courses
About the project
The project seeks to make a step change in student engagement through addressing the issue of poor penetration for student representative systems into short courses and those situated at lower levels on the qualifications framework (below level 6). This is an area often cited as a barrier in the ITP and PTE sub-sectors.
The project aims to identify the barriers currently restricting participation by these identified student groups and to develop strategies, methods and good practices to overcome them. These insights and learnings will then be shared across the sub-sector.
Design / Methodology
The method of the project is to develop strategies and road-test them with the learners involved in the programmes in question. It will use focus groups to identify and refine the strategies before rolling them out into courses. It is action research, whereby strategies will be clarified and questions for enquiry identified, data collected and analysed from focus groups, and then tested against feedback from staff and learners as the strategies are tested.
The project’s intended outputs will constitute a toolkit of strategies, methods and good practices which will be made available to other tertiary providers who also have students involved in these types of courses.
New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA)
Waiariki Institute of Technology
The project has been launched and a research assistant, Ella Cartwright, appointed.
Ako Aotearoa $30,000
Project commenced: 30 April 2015
Expected project completion: Mid-2017
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