TEC commissioned research on Tertiary Education Strategy priorities

The TEC regularly commissions a range of research to support the Tertiary Education Strategy.  We use this research to add to the evidence base on boosting educational outcomes for priority learners in tertiary education.

It also supports the development of our strategies and operational work in these areas, and it enables us to identify and share good practice with the tertiary sector.

Below are summaries of the research grouped under each TES priority (literacy and numeracy, Pasifika, youth and Māori) as well as the full research reports in both Word and PDF format.

 

Research about adult literacy and numeracy

Five research reports are summarised here. They cover:

  • the use of Pathways Awarua
  • how industry training organisations embed literacy and numeracy
  • tools to help tertiary education organisations better use evidence to set literacy and numeracy benchmarks
  • the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool’s contribution to educational outcomes
  • the alignment of adult literacy and numeracy measures.

Read TEC's research summary for literacy and numeracy:

Boosting literacy and numeracy outcomes in tertiary education: 2015 research findings (PDF, 535 Kb) 

  

Evaluating the progress of embedded literacy and numeracy in industry training organisations

Generally, literacy and numeracy is more embedded into industry training organisations' processes and practices compared to five years ago but there is still some way to go.

Evaluating the progress of embedded literacy and numeracy in industry training organisations (Word, 430 Kb)

Evaluating the progress of embedded literacy and numeracy in industry training organisations (PDF, 440 Kb)

 

Assessing the use of Pathways Awarua in the tertiary sector

Pathways Awarua is an increasingly valued digital learning tool being used to complement face-to-face teaching programmes. Educators consider it is making a difference to literacy and numeracy proficiency and practice.

Pathways Awarua - a digital learning tool to support adult literacy and numeracy (Word, 161 Kb)

Pathways Awarua - a digital learning tool to support adult literacy and
numeracy
 (PDF, 682 Kb)

 

Enhancing the Adult Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy through data-driven decision making

The Benchmarking Framework and User Guide reports below are designed to help tertiary providers measure organisational performance in literacy and numeracy against benchmarks. These tools support making evidence-informed strategic and operational decisions to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes.

Enhancing the Adult Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy through data-driven decision-making – Benchmarking Framework (PDF, 180 Kb)

Enhancing the Adult Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy through data-driven decision-making – User Guide (PDF, 389 Kb) 

 

The Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool's contribution to educational outcomes in New Zealand

The Assessment Tool’s data is increasingly being used to inform teaching and organisational practices, and to improve educational outcomes for learners.  

Assessment Tool and contribution to educational outcomes (Word, 284 Kb)

Assessment Tool and contribution to educational outcomes (PDF, 357 Kb)

 

Alignment of Literacy and Numeracy Measures research report

The TEC commissioned Maths Technology to investigate and update the alignment between key measures in literacy and numeracy used in secondary and tertiary education.

The research was commissioned to assist educators to understand how a learner's competencies assessed through one measurement process align to those in other measurement processes.

The literacy and numeracy skills of groups of students are then benchmarked against the updated alignments and the OECD 2006 Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, using the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool.

This research has been provided to the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. You can also read more about the TEC’s work in literacy and numeracy here

Summary of report:

Aligning literacy and numeracy measures - Summary (PDF, 197 Kb)

Full report:

Alignment of literacy and numeracy measures(PDF, 2 Mb)

Alignment of literacy and numeracy measures (Word, 1 Mb)

 

Research about Pasifika learners

The two research studies below explore how to increase Pasifika participation in high-growth and high-demand industries, and professional development needs to improve Pasifika learner outcomes.

These two reports complement the TEC’s ‘Doing Better for Pasifika’, which identifies good practice on what works best to improve Pasifika learner outcomes in tertiary education. Copies of ‘Doing better for Pasifika’ are available from the TEC on request.

Read TEC's research summary for Pasifika learners:

Boosting outcomes for Pasifika learners in tertiary education: 2015 research findings (PDF, 270 Kb)

 

Innovative ways to increase Pasifika participation in high-growth and high-demand industries

Strong connections between tertiary education organisations, industry and Pasifika learners are key enablers to increasing awareness and knowledge of high-growth, high-demand industries. The report also shows how secondary schools and tertiary education organisations can develop Pasifika employment in high-growth, high-demand industries.

Enhancement of Tertiary Education Strategy Priority frameworks (Word, 2 Mb)

Enhancement of Tertiary Education Strategy priority frameworks (PDF, 938 Kb)

 

Professional development needs to enhance effective teaching and performance for Pasifika learners

This report highlights key areas where educators most need professional development support to deliver effective teaching and better outcomes for Māori and Pasifika learners. The report findings will also inform and support the TEC's work on improving Māori and Pasifika learner outcomes. 

Professional development  practices and needs to enhance responsiveness in Māori and Pasifika learners in tertiary settings (Word, 184 Kb)

Professional development practices and needs to enhance responsiveness in Māori and Pasifika learners in tertiary settings (PDF, 2 Mb)

 

Research about younger learners

Four research reports are summarised here. The research includes:

  • the implications of more younger learners in tertiary education
  • what factors contribute to achievement by NEETS (those not in employment, education, or training) learners in Youth Guarantee
  • what barriers may affect progression for Youth Guarantee learners
  • the use of Pathways Awarua in Trades Academies.

Read TEC's research summary for young learners:

Boosting outcomes for young learners in tertiary education: 2015 research findings (PDF, 261 Kb)

 

Younger students in institutes of technology undertaking Youth Guarantee programmes

This report identifies the learning needs of secondary school students in a tertiary adult learning environment and highlights areas for attention when tertiary lecturers teach younger students.

Younger students in institutes of technology undertaking Youth Guarantee programmes (Word, 613 Kb)

Younger students in institutes of technology undertaking Youth Guarantee programmes (PDF, 788 Kb)

 

Reviewing and analysing education services to NEETS (young people not in education, employment, or training)

This research identifies the institutional, sector-wide and other factors that contribute to achievement by former NEETS (those younger learners not in employment, education or training) in Youth Guarantee fees-free places.

Youth Guarantee fees-free scheme – a research study (Word, 960 Kb)

Youth Guarantee fees-free scheme – a research study (PDF, 502 Kb) 

 

Study of the progression of young people enrolled in Youth Guarantee

This summer study of young people in Youth Guarantee fees-free courses in 2014 examines the barriers to progressing on to higher levels of study, training or employment. The report found that tertiary providers could do more to encourage pathways and support learners into further training, education or work.

A summer study of young people enrolled in Youth Guarantee fees-free courses in 2014 (Word, 204 Kb)

A summer study of young people enrolled in Youth Guarantee fees-free courses in 2014 (PDF, 341 Kb)

 

Pathways Awarua in Trades Academies and secondary-tertiary providers

This research identifies effective approaches in the use of Pathways Awarua in Trades Academy programmes.  

The implementation of Pathways Awarua in Trades Academies (Word, 4 Mb)

The implementation of Pathways Awarua in Trades Academies (PDF, 1 Mb)

 

Research about Māori learners

This summary complements the TEC’s ‘Doing Better for Māori in Tertiary Settings’ research report. The research reports referred to in this summary are available on this page, and are listed below.

Read TEC's research summary for Māori learners:

Boosting outcomes for Māori learners in tertiary education: 2015 research findings (PDF, 492 Kb)

 

Doing better for Māori in tertiary settings

A review of good practice and success indicators to inform and guide understanding of what tertiary investors, governors, managers, educators and support staff can do to boost outcomes for Māori learners. It is available on this website in our Publications section.

 

Professional development needs to enhance effective teaching and performance for Maori and Pasifika learners

This report highlights key areas where educators most need professional development support to deliver effective teaching and better outcomes for Māori and Pasifika learners. The report findings will also inform and support the TEC's work on improving Māori and Pasifika learner outcomes. 

Professional development  practices and needs to enhance responsiveness in Māori and Pasifika learners in tertiary settings (Word, 184 Kb)

Professional development practices and needs to enhance responsiveness in Māori and Pasifika learners in tertiary settings (PDF, 2 Mb)

 

Evaluating the progress of embedded literacy and numeracy in industry training organisations 

Generally, literacy and numeracy is more embedded into ITOs’ organisational processes and practices compared to five years ago but there is still some way to go.

Evaluating the progress of embedded literacy and numeracy in industry training organisations (Word, 430 Kb)

Evaluating the progress of embedded literacy and numeracy in industry training organisations (PDF, 440 Kb)

 

Reviewing and analysing education services to NEETS (young people not in education, employment, or training) 

This research identifies the institutional, sector-wide and other factors that contribute to achievement by former NEETs (those younger learners not in employment, education or training) in Youth Guarantee fees-free places. 

Youth Guarantee fees-free scheme – a research study (Word, 960 Kb)

Youth Guarantee fees-free scheme – a research study (PDF, 502 Kb) 

 

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success

You can read the Ministry of Education’s Ka Hikitia Strategy – Accelerating Success 2013–2017 on the Ministry’s website.

  • Last changed: 15 December 2015
  • Last verified: 15 December 2015