Ako Aotearoa: National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence


Student voice in tertiary education settings: quality systems in practice

In 2012, Ako Aotearoa and the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations commissioned Heathrose Research Ltd. to undertake research into how tertiary organisations can effectively use the voice of students to improve quality of provision. This project centred on nine case studies with a diverse...

Tātou tātou – success for all: improving Māori student success

Understanding the distinctive worldviews of Māori students is critical to the knowledge base that drives teaching and learning practices in tertiary health programmes. While some evidence has been gathered about lecture-based learning in universities, little is known about non-lecture teaching activities that complement traditional en...

Trialling and evaluating a strengths-based learner engagement programme

This collaboration project evaluated the outcomes of a strength based course called “My Voice”. Trialled across two PTEs and three secondary schools, this approach resulted in earlier engagement for learners (compared to a comparison group). Learners reported that the approach was associated with increased wellbeing...

Bicultural competence in early childhood education

The research study emerged from the authors’ experiences as early childhood teachers and as initial teacher early childhood lecturers in the tertiary education sector. The development of bicultural competency is a fundamental foundation to the provision of quality early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand...