Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Teacher training essential for tertiary staff

21 September 2004

Teacher training essential for tertiary staff

Teacher training is essential to ensure high quality tertiary teachers, Associate Education Minister Steve Maharey said today.

Speaking at the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics of New Zealand (ITPNZ) Staff Developers Conference in Hamilton today, he applauded tertiary organisations providing teacher training to their staff and reiterated the government’s commitment to support the development of quality teaching in tertiary organisations.

“Our support for quality teaching in recent years has included: contestable funding for particularly innovative projects like the e-Learning Collaborative Teaching Initiative, e-Learning Toolbox and ITPNZ’s ‘Developing e-Learning Leaders and Institutional Capability’; the annual Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards; and research about effective teaching and learning, including the proposed National Centre for Vocational Education and Training Research.

“We are about to take some important new steps to build on what has already been achieved.

“As I foreshadowed at the time of the 2004 Budget, the government intends to announce in the next few months final policies in a range of areas to support quality tertiary teaching.

“We will move from funding purely by student volume to linking our funding to the quality of learners’ education outcomes through a ‘performance element’ in tuition funding. Final decisions have yet to be made on the performance indicators to be used, but a technical group of sector experts has recommended that they be course retention, successful course completion, and the results of a survey of all graduates to measure their learning experience.

“I will soon be announcing details of a project to enhance the professional development of the tertiary teaching workforce. This will focus on sharing excellent teaching practices and helping teachers adapt to new technologies and a wider range of student learning needs. The concept of networked centres of ‘learning excellence’ is one idea under consideration. “I will soon be receiving a report from the Enhancing Quality Project. This project is considering how quality tertiary teaching and learning can be supported by developing a culture of quality and using quality assurance arrangements. I understand that an innovative new approach has been proposed, which I’m looking forward to seeing.

“Tertiary education is now something that the majority of New Zealanders are involved in and they need to be taught by tertiary teachers who have a high level of teaching skills.

“There are many outstanding tertiary teachers, the challenge is to lift the quality of tertiary teaching across the whole sector.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news