E Tū Kahikatea – Evaluation of the Contribution of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa to Aotearoa New Zealand Communities and Society

A large scale, mixed method research and evaluation project examined Te Wānanga o Aotearoa practices, and evaluated the outcomes from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa education. This report helped to fill a significant and longstanding gap in New Zealand’s understanding of how Te Wānanga o Aotearoa works and what it achieves.

Years: 2008 – 2010

For Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and the Tertiary Education Commission, in collaboration with Shaun Akroyd, Akroyd Research and Evaluation, and Fraser Sloane, Sloane Walker Ltd.

Counterbalance contributed:

  • services in scoping the research and evaluation project
  • collaborative work that developed a logic model of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa activities, values, outcomes and community context, using the imagery of a kahikatea tree
  • identification of and reporting on overseas initiatives in indigenous-led tertiary education
  • a qualitative investigation of community outcomes from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa education, based on key-informant interviews
  • a ‘success case method’ evaluation of student outcomes from five Te Wānanga o Aotearoa qualifications, using an online survey of graduates, followed by interviews with selected respondents
  • an analysis of quantitative data on Te Wānanga o Aotearoa enrolments, qualification delivery, tauira characteristics, completion rates and educational progression pathways.

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