Pasifika dancer

Success for Pacific learners

This research project examined the impact of the 3 successive NZ government tertiary education strategies on support for Pacific learners. Findings show that the Pasifika objectives within each of the 3 strategies are considered to be an important signal to Tertiary Education Institutions (TEIs) that success for Pasifika learners is a significant and continuing government priority and that the strategies are seen as an important enabler of change.

Learning Designs worked with colleagues from WelTec on this research project funded by Ako Aotearoa. Eighteen tertiary education institutions participated in the project (eight universities and ten ITPs) and we undertook a content analysis of their annual reports from 2002 to 2010 and interviewed key informants from each institution. The project report was released at the APSTE 2012 Conference and is available from the Ako Aotearoa website.

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Neil Ballantyne

Neil is the Director of Learning Designs.