Monday, January 18, 2010

Perspectives of new trades tutors - final report now on Ako Aoteoroa website

The report prepared for Ako Aoteoroa Southern Hub on 'perspectives of new tutors: Towards a scholarship of teaching and learning for vocational educators" now reviewed and uploaded on to the main Ako Aoteoroa website.  It currently features on the main page :) and the full report access page also provides for a short summary.

I really enjoyed working on this project.  My grateful thanks to the tutors who took part in the interviews, the staff developers (you know who you are!) who assisted in making contact with the research particiapnts, organising venues and other logistical issues, Bridget and Pat at Southern Hub and my teaching colleagues in staff development and adult educatin at CPIT.  Collegial support provided by all which provides me with confidence to embark on this year's research projects.

I am hopeful that the report provides a viewpoint on how trades tutors bring in a wealth of skills and knowledge but then have to 'boundary cross' into the corporate/organisational maze which make up most polytechnics/insitution's cultures.  The suggestions provided at the end of the report are to springboard from the workplace based pedagogical understandings of trades people. Using principles of social cultural / participative theories of learning including situated learning, cognitive apprenticeships, workplace learning and learning as becoming to ignite interest and engagement with other humanistic/critical approaches to adult learning.

I have learnt much from working on this project. Much of the learning will transfer directly into the three research projects I will be working through this year.  The Ako Aoteoroa National project funded 'belonging, becoming and being: Perspectives of first year apprentices",  the CPIT Foundation funded and the ongoing project on using mobile phones to compile eportfolios on mobile styled website/pages.

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