34 results for Whitireia Community Polytechnic

  • Libraries in Japan, Korea and China: a report by Ailsa Parker: Travelling scholarship to Asia, November to December 2002

    Parker, Ailsa (2010-01-11)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    Awarded a Travelling Scholarship to Asia which was funded by the Ministry of Education and ACENZ, Ailsa Parker, a librarian from Whitireia Community Polytechnic, visited twenty-one libraries in Japan, Korea and China in the space of 23 days in November / December, 2002. These included national, university, high school and public libraries. Access to the libraries was gained through sister-city contacts, ACENZ links, Proquest International and National Library Associations. The importance of correct protocol, especially in Japan, became apparent when setting up appointments. The aim of the trip was to compare and contrast library conditions in those countries with those in New Zealand. Library literature indicated many differences and the literature and personal experience were used to develop criteria for observation. By dissemination of the results of the trip, it is hoped to improve the effectiveness and relevance of the library experiences offered to international students.

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  • 'Three Key Elements' Mental Health Delivery Toward Maori

    Neilson-Hornblow, Cherene (2009-12-24)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    This project titled 'Three Key Elements' Mental Health Delivery Toward Maori explores literature on mental health service delivery in Aotearoa/New Zealand for Maori over the last thirty years. The evolution of changes in mental health delivery is traced and how this has affected Maori mental health status, Maori socioeconomic realities and the delivery of mental health services to Maori. This paper traces the changes to three modes of mental health delivery from a psychiatric institution in the 1970s through to community-focused care in the 1980s, and telenursing in the 1990s. In this project I position myself using a metaphor which encompasses my cultural, personal and professional area of expertise in mental health nursing. Interwoven are reflective accounts of my brother Sidney's journey as a tangata whaiora in mental health services. I explore those factors which our whanau had to challenge in response to poor access, information and support in mental health at this time. I also trace Maori realities and Maori health status in the 1950s and the transition of Maori to urban society through to the 1960s. Urbanisation provided opportunities and also pressures for Maori and it was these pressures that led to Sidney becoming unwell in the 1970s. A renaissance in the 1980s of Maori activism explores Maori expression to improve Maori health status and better socioeconomic conditions. The Treaty of Waitangi as the foundation of health policy and service delivery is discussed. Cultural safety was developed to educate nurses about cultural awareness and difference in providing nursing care. In the 1990s kaupapa Maori services were established demonstrating improved service delivery, with Maori health professionals and Maori mental health frameworks which endorse Maori by Maori services. The paper concludes by exploring mental health telenursing and recommendations for healthcare delivery to improve the health of Maori. My vision for futuristic health and wellbeing for Maori is to provide a nationwide kaupapa Maori healthline.

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  • The way things are done around here: perceptions of clinical leadership in mental health nursing

    Trimmer, Wendy (2009-12-24)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    Clinical leadership is the cornerstone to improved health outcomes and workforce development (Graham, 2003; Mental Health Workforce Development, 2005). This research project explored nurses' perceptions of clinical leadership in mental health nursing practice. Within New Zealand no research exists that evaluates the role and impact the clinical leadership has in mental health nursing practice. From personal experience and discussion with colleagues I argue that clinical leadership in terms of support and guidance for nurses is often minimal and that there is a relationship between qualities of clinical leadership and poor retention rates of mental health nurses. The prime objective of this study was to increase knowledge about clinical leadership in mental health nursing practice. This research used a quantitative descriptive methodology, utilising survey design. A questionnaire was used to rank the attributes of the person the respondents identified as a clinical leader. The data was collected from 30 registered nurses working in mental health settings within the central region of New Zealand. Data analysis was performed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) Version 10, including descriptive statistics and group correlations. Three open-ended questions sought the respondents' opinion of how clinical leadership influenced their nursing practice, what clinical leadership skills were useful for assisting and retaining nurses and what barriers existed to prevent effective leadership. Responses to the three open-ended questions were analysed for their thematic content. Findings indicate that there is room for improvement with regard to clinical leadership in mental health nursing practice. Clinical leadership is perceived to be more effective by nurses in their second year of practice and in community settings. A statistically significant difference was indicated between nurses in their second year of practice and nurses in their third year of practice in terms of their ranking of clinical leadership abilities. Overall the respondents perceived poor communication and poor attitude as the biggest barriers to effective leadership. Support and good role models were said to influence nursing practice positively and the skills that were identified as being helpful in assisting and retaining nurses were mentorship and good communication. The results of the study are discussed in relation to the literature on transformational leadership skills. Finally, the general limitations of the study are outlined and implications for future research are discussed.

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  • Is the economic crisis here worse than the US?

    Thomas, Rosita (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    This paper is an attempt to find out what impact an 'Economic Crisis' would have on New Zealand. The discussion would be centred on the various businesses in New Zealand, keeping the downturn in the finance sector as a focal point. As employees in educational institutions, would we be affected? It would be worthwhile to see what changes could occur if a crisis does occur in New Zealand

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  • Library website accessibility: a case study

    Parker, Ailsa (2010-01-08)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    Libraries devote considerable time and expense to ensuring that disabled users can physically access the library. Is the same amount of thought, however, going into Web page development. Do sites provide support for technologies such as audio readers? Are they compliant with the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative standards? This presentation discusses Bobby, a free software that can quickly check for compliance; shares research results of testing the Web pages of New Zealand polytechnic libraries with Bobby; and compares the results with overseas research.

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  • The intimate real

    Whitehead-Lopez, Rudy (2009-12-23)

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    I explore family interactions within the non-spectacular, quiet instances of everyday living. My interest is in intimate moments of insulation. My choice of subject matter and approach to the subject has been influenced by my Mexican-American heritage. I draw on cultural influences like Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Richard Diebenkorn to structure my work. My paintings are figurative and in a realist milieu. They are based on observation and experience filtered through my subjective concept of ingenuous representation within the shifting context of perception and context. I look for open narrative potential that will ignite recognition within the viewer, and generate a personal dialogue with ample scope to attribute their own meanings within the work. To understand how this process can be achieved I have developed a structure of visual language based on Roman Jakobson and Wolfgang Iser's literary models of communication. I propose that the process of interaction places meaning within the artist/viewer relationship primarily in the decoding by the viewer. Within my own code, which is a hybrid mix of cultural influences, there is enough of a commonality with most viewers for a meaningful discourse.

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  • 'Opening our eyes-shifting our thinking'

    Scott, Wendy (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    The purpose of the research was an evaluation of practice exemplars as a reflective process in teaching and learning about cultural safety. Six Maori, two Pacific and five Pakeha students, ranging in age from 30 to 40, took part in the research. The research findings revealed five sub themes: personal safety, power/ powerlessness, reflection, teaching and learning and cultural safety. The presentation, while acknowledging that cultural safety shared some commonalities with culture care theory, highlighted differences between the two. These included that cultural safety was explicit in identifying the inherent power of the nurse in health care relationships; related to the experience of the recipient of nursing care, and extended beyond cultural awareness and sensitivity; provided consumers of nursing services with the power to comment on practices; and contributed to the achievement of positive outcomes and experiences for them. It outlined the characteristics of a culturally safe nurse as a nurse who had undertaken a process of reflection on her/his own cultural identity and who recognised the impact their personal culture had on client care.

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  • Jewellery out of context

    Shepheard, Carole ; Deckers, Peter (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    Jewellery Out of Context (joc) is an exhibition of 24 submissions created by 31 New Zealand artists (immigrants, emigrants, migrants, and natives to New Zealand). The exhibition was held at the Muse, Ultimo, Sydney in early 2006. The artists explore the relationships and transformations of jewellery in its wider context.

    The joc brief is open-ended, with the aim to reveal and unravel the many facets related to the formation and organisation of the jewellery discourse. This exhibition aims to provoke the jewellery community by deconstructing and reassembling its most elementary principle "made to wear". Instead this exhibition is put together as a playful token for its own centralised existence, like: "jewellery" has a good look to itself, or "jewellery" dresses up for its own party.

    The motivation to include in the "call for entries" multi-disciplines relates also to the aims of the 2006 Jewellers' and Metalsmiths' Group of Australia (jmga) theme, which is "to take makers, collectors,critics and thinkers out of the comfort zone of their normal environments and place them 'on location'; a hypothetical site where speculation, inspiration and the accidental can emerge and diverge, questioning the place of the production of meaning and the meaning of production". In the joc exhibition a combination of the craft, design and fine art practices can be detected side-by-side, the crossbreds and the purebreds. This exhibition has no format, other then to celebrate jewellery and its related world. What is precious and what is non-precious seen through the eyes of artists will transform relationships and positions of normality. It is made special by the reflection of who we are and what we like to be. This exhibition invited artists to look beyond, but not away from the phenomena of object ornamentation and object psychology. Trends and fashions occupy the object maker in its transfixed craft art practice, which is shared closely but not exclusively by the fine art temperaments.

    Peter Deckers (Curator)

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  • Great oaks from tiny acorns: the beginnings of TESOL in New Zealand

    Wallace, Leith (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    TESOL is now a multi-million dollar industry, and an integral part of the New Zealand education system, but it had its beginnings as a foreign aid initiative, based in a two-storey brick and wooden house at the edge of Victoria University's campus. Some great names in education in New Zealand have been part of this development, centred on the English Language Institute at Victoria University of Wellington. The history and importance of the institute is recorded.

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  • Experiential learning in the multicultural classroom as applied to a Market Research class

    Klose, Markus (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    Society's expectation of tertiary education providers, and especially polytechnics, is that they will "produce" skilled, workforce-ready graduates. Tertiary teachers are expected not only to provide students with relevant knowledge of an academic discipline, but also to develop employability skills in students .This paper discusses the author's experience in using an experiential learning strategy for a second-year degree paper in the field of Market Research to a multicultural group of student from Asian backgrounds. The author's aim is to provide students with a learning environment, where they can acquire discipline knowledge and skills which are relevant for their future employment. This paper does not provide a systematic evaluation of the effectiveness of this approach, but aims at sharing ideas and experience with participants of the Learning and Teaching Conference in an interactive round-table discussion.

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  • Developing the Pacific nursing workforce

    Southwick, Margaret (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    Currently, the New Zealand nursing workforce is predominantly pakeha. The growing proportion of Pacific people in the wider population is not being reflected in the New Zealand nursing workforce. Previous research by Southwick showed that Pacific Island students had a high drop out rate from nursing programmes. In 2004, the Bachelor in Nursing (Pacific) programme commenced at Whitireia Community Polytechnic. Challenges and results of this programme are discussed.

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  • Cooperative learning: a double edged sword

    Baker, Trish (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    Although there has been very little research done in co-operative learning in New Zealand, international research is positive about the educational benefits of working in culturally diverse groups. This paper presents the findings of a research project examining New Zealand experiences with co-operative learning in multicultural groups. The paper presents findings from surveys and focus groups with both domestic and international students and with New Zealand tertiary lecturers who use collaborative learning techniques in their programmes. The findings from this research indicate that there is a strong cultural conflict in the conceptualisation of cooperative learning between international students with little prior experience of cooperative learning and New Zealand lecturers who are often not fully prepared to help international students to bridge the gaps. The majority of international students value lecturers' programme content delivery and the achievement of high marks over the development of interpersonal skills; this is contrary to New Zealand lecturers' belief that the development of team skills is the most important outcome from cooperative learning. This cognitive dissonance reinforces the importance of understanding cultural differences and their impact on student patterns of classroom behaviour. This paper recommends that domestic and international students be prepared more effectively for cooperative learning and that lecturers be trained in designing curricula and assessment programmes that are pedagogically sound and culturally accommodating. The paper proposes a model to assist lecturers to achieve this aim.

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  • Students' experiences of the online learning environment: Working toward improvement

    Haggerty, Carmel (2009-12-24)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    The evaluation outlined in this paper illuminates issues relating to access and use of the on-line component of the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (Mental Health). This programme is offered annually to Registered Nurses from a wide geographical base. All students enrolled in the programme, have recently completed a Bachelor of Nursing programme and are not classed as new learners. Although the students come together for five weeks of the year, the programme is primarily classified as a distance programme. The programme utilises Blackboard (Bb) to provide online support for students throughout the year. There had been no requirement for students to actively participate in the Bb environment, until 2006 when a formative assessment process was required to be posted on Bb. The evaluation took place during the second semester of two consecutive programmes, 2005 and 2006. The structured illuminative enquiry was undertaken using ethnic-based discussion groups during the 2005 programme, as well as a survey questionnaire completed by the students in the 2006 programme. Some supported quantitative data was collected during both years, using existing statistical capacities within Blackboard.

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  • Hutt Valley nursing: training needs analysis

    Holloway, Kathy (2010-01-08)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    The Nursing Development Unit (NDU) at Hutt Valley District Health Board (HVDHB) has for a number of years published an annual training and education planner for nurses. Multiple changes have occurred over this time, both organizational and national. Key personnel in NDU, responsible for coordinating and publishing this plan, have left the organization. Increasing patient acuity, technological advances, changes in healthcare service delivery models and requirement to demonstrate ongoing competence under the HPCA Act has changed what is required of nurses. It was timely therefore in 2005 to review the training needs of nurses employed within the organization.

    This review by the Nursing Development Unit in conjunction with Whitireia Community Polytechnic included a questionnaire which was sent to three different role groups. Although there were limitations to the findings due to the poor response rate from registered nurses surveyed, the results and the literature supported the development of a planned approach to maximise the potential of education provided. This approach included the development of a framework for study days and the development of the annual planner.

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  • LATAR: A framework for paper design and lesson planning

    Haggerty, Carmel (2011-11-25)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    This presentation introduces the LATAR framework along with seven principles and provides examples of using the framework for curriculum alighnment, paper development and lesson planning in the Health Faculty at Whitireia Polytechnic.

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  • Trailblazers - primary health care programme evaluation

    Holloway, Kathy (2009-12-23)

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    Trailblazers are those that forge the way to enable others to follow. This report is an evaluation of the academic journey undertaken by a group of newly graduated nurses who were sponsored by a New Zealand District Health Board (DHB) to work in a variety of primary health care nursing settings. The impetus for this pilot employment option was the Ministry of Health's focus on primary health care nursing and workforce development for this sector and the Expert Advisory Committee for primary health care nursing's recommendations to DHB's regarding employment of graduate nurses and support for them to engage in post graduate study. Evaluation participants were primarily the graduate nurses who were interviewed at the end of their first year of practice which was following programme completion then again nine to ten months later. Findings include the nurses reflections on what supported them and what acted to impede as barriers to their learning success and practice development. The report concludes with five recommendations that can be used to ensure that the travels of future newly graduated nurses taking this pathway are supported, safe and successful.

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  • We carry their stories: Narratives of cultural safety practice in day-to-day nursing practice

    Richardson, Fran (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    This paper discusses selected findings of a PhD research project. The research investigates the way registered nurses apply cultural safety knowledge in their day-to-day nursing practice.

    Cultural safety education sits within a critical framework and focuses on power relations in the delivery of health care. The concept grew out of the identity politics movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Identity politics asserts that individuals and groups have the right to claim an identity that is reflective of how they see themselves rather than how others see them. Identity politics asserts the right for marginalised individuals and groups to claim and occupy the same social, public and political spaces as their more dominant counterparts.

    Cultural safety was introduced into the New Zealand nursing curriculum in 1992 (Ramsden, 1993). Since that time little research has been undertaken which specifically explores how registered nurses apply cultural safety knowledge in their day-to-day practice. The focus of cultural safety is on how the nurse understands and works with power in the context of health care. It is about the nurse coming to understand how attitudes and beliefs shape, influence or affect the delivery of nursing and health care. Central to this understanding is the nurse's willingness to recognise notions of difference within health care relationships.

    This research uses a narrative approach to explore the question "the ways registered nurses apply cultural safety in their day to day nursing practice". It is through the researcher's interpretation of story that the qualitative experience of culturally safe nursing practice is illuminated. Narrative methodology informed the approach to interviewing sixteen registered nurses from a range of practice areas within New Zealand. The nurses were asked for stories about how they applied cultural safety knowledge in their day-to-day practice. It is how these stories were co - constructed, given meaning by the participants, and interpreted by the researcher which provided the data for analysis and discussion.

    This paper draws on selected stories of cultural safety in practice to highlight the multifaceted nature of cultural safety and reveals the complexity and multiple influences on the application of cultural safety knowledge in practice.

    The paper concludes with a summary of how this research might contribute to the development of new understandings about what cultural safety means as nursing moves further into the 21st century.

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  • Link Rot: How the Inaccessibility of Electronic Citations Affects the Quality of New Zealand Scholarly Literature

    Parker, Ailsa (2010-01-11)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    'Link rot' or the decay of a URL as a result of removal of its website, content change or redirection, is recognised as a major problem in a variety of information retrieval areas. Library catalogues, distance learning resources and reference lists within scholarly literature are all affected. Within reference lists of scholarly articles, various trends have been researched and identified. An increase in the use of electronic citations has been paralleled by the decay of their links. Rates of decay vary within specific disciplines and electronic domains, and most researchers express concern at the resultant impact on one of the foundations of scholarly research. This New Zealand research investigates citation trends within six New Zealand journals in different disciplines between 2002-2005. Reasons for the failure to connect to sites are analysed in terms of Eppler's (2003) information model of deficit responsibility and results compared with overseas studies. Suggestions are then made as to how electronic citations could be stabilised and to future areas of research.

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  • Resourcing a research culture: the roles of the library and the research assistant at Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    Parker, Ailsa (2010-01-08)

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    In 1994 the New Zealand Qualifications Authority granted Whitireia Community Polytechnic approval for a nursing degree and in the year 2000, the School of Computing introduced a Bachelor of Information Technology. The granting of these degrees, with their research component, has meant that a research culture has had to be developed. Characteristics of productive research environments have been identified as including resources, particularly human resources. Since staff teaching on a degree programmes have to be actively engaged in research, there is increasing pressure to teach as well as research. As with many tertiary institutions, this demand often puts staff in an unbalanced situation, unable to find the time for research given a sometimes heavy teaching load. The institution has reacted to this pressure and new patterns of support are emerging. A case study approach, using organisational role theory, is used to examine Whitireia Community Polytechnic's strategies of resourcing research and researchers. Documentary sources such as reports and policy documents and participant-observations are used to analyse the roles of the research assistant and of library services. The primary function of these supporting roles is to be of practical and academic assistance and to ensure that the staff are properly channeled through the necessary research processes and networks that could help them. The efficacy of these roles at Whitireia Community Polytechnic is discussed in terms of research literature and role theory. Both roles, in different ways, were found to be contributing to a productive research environment. Suggestions are made for future research.

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  • Slowly but surely: Tortoise's winning strategy: A case study of undergraduates' beliefs, reported use and actual use of vocabulary learning strategies in mastery of academic and technical vocabulary in BN year one

    Silvester, Mary (2010-01-11)

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    This study investigates what first-year EAL nursing students believe about vocabulary learning, what strategies they report using, whether there are patterns in their actual use of vocabulary learning strategies as they read technical texts, and whether there are discrepancies between reported and actual use of particular strategies. In a case study, evidence of reliability is provided by "carefully documenting and reporting the details of the observation procedure, and by including a rich description of the participants, the situation, and the researcher's role in the observation process and his or her theoretical perspective" (Bachman, 2004, p.726). To this end, an affective interview, three observations using think-aloud protocol, a stimulated recall session, receptive vocabulary tests and receptive and productive medical vocabulary tests were used.

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