7,186 results for 2011

  • Field-based early childhood teacher education : "but are they already teachers ...".

    Brennan, M.; Everiss, L.; Mara, D. (2011)

    Report
    Open Polytechnic

    Despite its long history in early childhood initial teacher education (ITE) programmes, there remains a limited research base about the nature of the field-based approach and more specifically student/tutor interactions in the tertiary classroom. This study adds to a growing area of scholarship that seeks to articulate a distinct pedagogical base to field-based teacher education. The tertiary classroom was chosen as the site of study because it affords researchers and teachers opportunity to place an intense focus on students and tutors 'doing field-based teacher education' and to explore new understandings that sit apart from traditional preservice ITE approaches.

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  • Staples tax guide: Mid-year supplement.

    Veal, J.; Turner, T.; Macalister, C. (2011)

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    Open Polytechnic

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  • Staples tax guide.

    Veal, J.; Turner, T.; Macalister, C. (2011)

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    Open Polytechnic

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  • Enhancing the engagement and success of distance students through targeted support programmes.

    Grant, R.; Olivier, G.; Rawlings, C.; Ross, C. (2011)

    Working Papers
    Open Polytechnic

    This paper describes three learning support programmes, delivered by the Learning Centre at the Open Polytechnic, aimed at enhancing the engagement and success of distance students (the Learning Centre is responsible for providing learning support services to students).

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  • Anthropometric profile of male amateur vs professional formula windsurfs competing at the 2007 European Championship.

    Cortell-Tormo, J. M.; Perez-Turpin, J. A.; Cejuela-Anta, R.; Chinchilla-Mira, J. J.; Marfell-Jones, M. J. (2011)

    Journal article
    Open Polytechnic

    This study aimed to describe the current anthropometric profile of Formula Windsurf competitors during the 2007 European Championships and establish a set of reference values useful for future investigations on player selection, talent identification, and training programme development. Fourty?five male participants (mean age 30�9.77 years; body height 182.04�6.3 cm; body mass 81.67�7.35 kg) were selected for the anthropometric profile, including 15 which the International Windsurf Association had defined as professionals. The anthropometric profiles included measurements of skinfolds, segment lengths, breadths, and girths. Somatotype measurements were also calculated into the equation. The male professional windsurfers had larger length, breadth, and girth measurements than their amateur counterparts. The three somatotype components showed that both groups were predominantly mesomorphic, but the professionals were more ectomorphic than endomorphic, whereas the amateurs were slightly more endomorphic than ectomorphic. The descriptive analysis of the anthropometric data provide relevant information concerning the morphological indicators of competitive success in this sporting discipline.

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  • Introducing augmented reality imaging into paper-based learning materials for engineering trade students.

    Maathuis-Smith, S.; Mersham, G. M. (2011)

    Working Papers
    Open Polytechnic

    How can we better represent course content (for example, engineering components) that does not translate well into a paper-based medium? And how can we deliver this content without reliance on networks or online technologies? We propose that one solution to these questions is the use of augmented reality (AR). This working paper describes our journey of discovery as we investigate the possibilities of using AR technology to render 3D objects in paper-based course materials. This is not a technical document of the inner workings of AR technology but a description of the processes required to implement AR technology within Open Polytechnic courses. The project was conducted by an Open Polytechnic cross-discipline team, with participation from other work areas across the polytechnic.

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  • Nursing registration - a time to celebrate

    French, P. (2011)

    Journal article
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Your books are in the mail: Fifty years of distance library service at Massey University

    Clarke, P. S. (2011)

    Journal article
    Open Polytechnic

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  • The nature of democratic decision-making and the democratic panacea.

    Shaw, R. (2011)

    Journal article
    Open Polytechnic

    "Democracy thrives because it helps individuals identify with the society of which they are members and because it provides for legitimate decision-making and exercise of power." With this statement, the Council of Europe raises for us some fundamental questions: what is the practice of democracy, its merits and its limitations? A phenomenological insight into democracy as it displays itself indicates that its essence is decision making by vote. The strength of this mechanism is that it operates without a requirement for rationality on the part of the participants, and its imperative is always to achieve a decision - any decision. Thus, the mechanism enables decisions in situations of incommensurable choice. The history of the engagement of Maori with local government in Aotearoa New Zealand makes apparent the limitations of democracy and challenges democracy itself. Maori have no tradition of democracy and they aspire to the exercise of their traditional decision-making practices. As a minority in a democratic country, Maori find themselves always at the mercy of the vote. Democracy is a tool of colonisation. The situation of M?ori provides lessons for those who would applaud the Council of Europe and their belief in coexistence by way of democratic decision making.

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  • Keeping the information profession up to date: Are compulsory schemes the answer?

    Broady-Preston, J.; Cossham, A. F. (2011)

    Journal article
    Open Polytechnic

    This paper explores issues in relation to the contribution and importance of mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) in re-energizing and motivating the information profession. Set within the context of developing our understanding of the concept of 'professionalism' for the contemporary information profession, the mandatory schemes offered by professional associations in the UK and New Zealand are compared and contrasted, and an assessment made of their pros and cons in this regard.

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  • Obtaining high retention and completion rates in a New Zealand ODL environment: A case study of strategies employed by Information and Library Studies faculty at the Open Polytechnic.

    Maathuis-Smith, S.; Wellington, S.; Cossham, A. F.; Fields, A. J.; Irvine, J.; Welland, S.; Innes, M. (2011)

    Journal article
    Open Polytechnic

    Open and distance learning (ODL) provides unique challenges for student retention and course completion. In an increasingly competitive educational environment, measures such as retention and completion form the basis for the evaluation of institutional and student performance. Information and Library Studies (ILS) faculty at the Open Polytechnic achieve and maintain consistently high retention and completion rates across their faculty-taught ODL courses. This research documents the development and application of strategies that contribute to these high success rates. Information and Library Studies faculty, through a framework of action research, undertook an analysis of implementation strategies designed to support student retention and completion. This framework provided a methodological foundation for focus-group discussion. The faculty evaluated and disseminated the strategies derived from these focus-group discussions across other ILS courses in an iterative process of application and analysis. Strategies for retention and completion in this research are discussed in the context of course selection, orientation, layered support, communication between students and faculty, support between student and faculty, social interaction, and community building in an ODL environment.

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  • Flexible learning: Reflecting on a decade of library and information studies programmes at the Open Polytechnic.

    Irvine, J.; Cossham, A. F. (2011)

    Journal article
    Open Polytechnic

    The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the changes in undergraduate library and information studies education in New Zealand over the past decade. It considers developments in the delivery of distance education, focusing on e-learning (or flexible learning) modes, and changes to the curriculum due to the changing nature and requirements of the profession.

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  • Beyond serving a purpose: Additional ethical focuses for public policy agents.

    Scholes, V. (2011)

    Book item
    Open Polytechnic

    From the point of view of a theorist in ethics, the interest in public policy usually centres on the policy outcomes. But this point of view does not take much account of the roles and practices through which public policies are enacted. What additional ethical focuses for the policy agent might these entail? This chapter outline four features of policy making, centred on the agent's performance of their role in the process, that raise ethical issues. These features are: the nature of the policy process; the definition of the public; the treatment of policy agents; and accounting for public policy decisions. Brief examples are used to illustrate the nature of the issues and support the conclusion that these present additional ethical focuses for agents in public policy roles.

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  • Student use of sources: A collaborative investigation of resource use in tertiary-level psychology assignments.

    Barnard, E.; Weaver, N. E. (2011)

    Working Papers
    Open Polytechnic

    This research is a cooperative undertaking between academic staff and library professionals. It is designed to help answer this question : What types of scholarly sources do tertiary-level psychology students in an online course use in completing their required assignments? The method is citation analysis. The reference pages from submitted laboratory reports were collected, and the type and frequency of sources cited, as well as student variables, analysed.

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  • Open learning for an open world: Reflections on open and distance learning and teaching at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.

    Seelig, C.; Barrett, J.; Nichols, M.; Kobeleva, P.; Strongman, L.; Young, R.; Mersham, G. M.; Maathuis-Smith, S.; Kovacic, Z.; Green, J. S.; Pascall, B.; Fisher, R. M.; Chipindiku, G.; Natanasabapathy, P.; Grant, R.; Olivier, G.; Rawlings, C.; Ross, C.; Bourke, J.; Veal, J.; Morris, L.; Marshall, K.; Barnard, E.; Weaver, N. E.; Clarke, P. S.; Neal, T.; Simpson, O. (2011)

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    Open Polytechnic

    Foreword / Caroline Seelig -- Contributors -- Introduction / Jonathan Barrett -- Distance Education at the Open Polytechnic: The ?Institutional? Approach / Mark Nichols -- Instructional Design: Theory and Practice / Polly Kobeleva and Luke Strongman -- Research at the Open Polytechnic / Luke Strongman and Raymond Young, with Polly Kobeleva -- Introducing Augmented Reality Imaging into Paper-based Learning Materials for Engineering Trade Students / Gary Mersham and Sandra Maathuis-Smith -- Case Study: Developing an Automatic Grader of Advanced Office Skills / Zlatko Kovacic -- Case Study: Second Life Education New Zealand Project / John Green -- Case Study: Applying Real-time Assessment to Unit Standards / Brian Pascall -- Experiences of Teaching Faculty Enrolled in the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand?s Certificate in Designing and Facilitating E-learning / Rick Fisher, George Chipindiku and Sandra Maathuis-Smith -- Case study: Teaching Practices Discussion Group / Puvana Natanasabapathy -- Enhancing the Engagement and Success of Distance Students through Targeted Support Programmes / Ron Grant, Glenda Olivier, Caroline Rawlings and Catherine Ross -- Engaging Distance Students in Learning: What Matters to Students, What Motivates Them and How Can Engagement in Learning Be Fostered? / Catherine Ross -- Retention: A Critical Issue for Open and Distance Learning / Josephine Bourke, with Mark Nichols, John Veal, Les Morris, and Ken Marshall -- Student Use of Sources: A Collaborative Investigation of Resource Use in Psychology Assignments / Estelle Barnard and Nancy Evans Weaver -- Case study: Student Engagement and Library Use / Philip Clarke -- Open and Flexible Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Commonwealth Pacific Countries / Terry Neal -- Sustainability in Education: Is Distance Learning an Answer? / Josephine Bourke and Ormond Simpson -- Articulating E-pedagogy for Education / Mark Nichols

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  • Students in prison

    Watson, C. (2011)

    Seminar Paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Peer mentoring: An effective approach to enhancing first-year student engagement and success.

    Ross, C.; Grant, R. (2011)

    Book item
    Open Polytechnic

    Tertiary student success is of strategic importance (Ministry of Education, n.d.), and success in terms of course and qualification completion is a key requirement of the Government’s funding regime. Yet many students do not complete their courses and qualifications successfully. Currently, around 25 percent of New Zealand tertiary students do not complete their qualifications (Scott, 2009) and in a distance learning environment this figure is often higher (Boyle, Kwon, Ross & Simpson, 2010; Smith, Wellington, Cossham, et al., 2011). High non-completion rates provide strong incentives for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to do as much as possible to promote student success. Targeted support programmes can achieve this end (Grant, Olivier, Rawlings & Ross, 2011). In this paper we describe one such targeted support programme a peer mentoring programme and discuss how it impacts positively on the engagement and success of first-year students studying at a distance.

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  • Navigating New Zealand’s water management.

    Fisher, R. M.; Russell, S. (2011)

    Journal article
    Open Polytechnic

    This article summarises recent water policy and legislative reform in New Zealand, and describes some initiatives to address water challenges undertaken by researchers, investors, the financial sector, and policy makers.

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  • Beyond serving a purpose: Additional ethical focuses for public policy agents.

    Scholes, V. (2011)

    Book item
    Open Polytechnic

    From the point of view of a theorist in ethics, the interest in public policy usually centres on the policy outcomes. But this point of view does not take much account of the roles and practices through which public policies are enacted. What additional ethical focuses for the policy agent might these entail? This chapter outlines four features of policy making, centred on the agent's performance of their role in the process, that raise ethical issues. These features are: the nature of the policy process; the definition of the public; the treatment of policy agents; and accounting for public policy decisions. Brief examples are used to illustrate the nature of the issues and support the conclusion that these present additional ethical focuses for agents in public policy roles.

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  • Beyond serving a purpose: Additional ethical focuses for public policy agents.

    Scholes, V. (2011)

    Book item
    Open Polytechnic

    From the point of view of a theorist in ethics, the interest in public policy usually centres on the policy outcomes. But this point of view does not take much account of the roles and practices through which public policies are enacted. What additional ethical focuses for the policy agent might these entail? This chapter outline four features of policy making, centred on the agent's performance of their role in the process, that raise ethical issues. These features are: the nature of the policy process; the definition of the public; the treatment of policy agents; and accounting for public policy decisions. Brief examples are used to illustrate the nature of the issues and support the conclusion that these present additional ethical focuses for agents in public policy roles.

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