Transformative learning: how adults actually learn

Transformative Learning

Transformative learning theory was developed by Jack Mezirow in the late 1900s. He used this theory to describe how people develop and use critical self-reflecting to consider their beliefs and experiences, and over time, change dysfunctional means of seeing the world. Mezirow was interested in peoples’ worldviews and what leads people to change their particular view of the world.

Second chance education awards

The New Horizons for Women Second-Chance Education Foundation Studies Awards are for women who are enrolled in a New Zealand approved tertiary qualification and who do not already have a tertiary qualification. The awards are a one off grant to help with study and/or living expenses.

To apply for a Foundation Study Award you must meet all the following eligibility criteria:

The applicant is a woman, who:

State of the internet 2017 report

State of the Internet 2017

Each year InternetNZ reports on the State of the Internet here in New Zealand. They cover what they think are key and useful metrics for analysing and understanding the Internet, grouped around three topic areas: access, trust, creative potential. Each year they have a special theme that they take a deep dive into. This will enable them to tap into less frequently conducted research and surveys without creating gaps in their routine metrics and analysis.

Book review: Adult Education in Neoliberal times Policies, Philosophies and Professionalism by Marion Bowel

By Jennifer Leahy

This book is a revision of Marion Bowl’s Adult Education in Changing Times Policies, philosophies and professionalism, which was published in 2014. In both books, Marion questions the demise of publicly funded adult education as well as the loss of experienced adult educators.

International: Our participation at CONFINTEA VI

By Colin McGregor, Director, ACE Aotearoa 

In late October Tracey Shepherd (ACE Aotearoa Co-Chair) and I, with the support of UNESCO New Zealand, travelled to Suwon in South Korea to attend the mid-term review of the Sixth International Conference on Adult Learning and Education (CONFINTEA VI).

As well as the conference itself we attended a pre-conference forum organised by the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE).

Digital literacy and digital inclusion

By Sue West, 20/20 Trust

Most people agree that nowadays personal digital literacy/computer competence is essential for success: the 2017 International Literacy Day’s focus was ‘Literacy in a digital world’: government wants 80% of transactions completed online by 2021; 50% of employees want better digital skills for job security; and the Industry Training Federation and Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs want better employee digital skills.

Tongan parents explore ako

In Tongan epistemology, ako has a broader meaning – where the relationship of mind body and soul, individual and collective provides complex notions of how one sees the world. It does, as in Māori, refer to the teaching and learning relationship, but it also embraces the process of the collective sharing of knowledge, skills, wisdom and reciprocity.

Ranui Action Project: progressing in unity

Ranui Action Project (RAP) is guided by the whakatauaki Me puāwai tātou katoa i roto i te kotahitanga o Rānui – In Rānui, we progress in unity. The whakatauaki was gifted by the respected leader and kaumatua Matua Dennis Hansen.

RAP Inc. was founded in 2000 as a vehicle for local community-led development. It sits on one corner of the main intersection in Ranui.

Building confidence and skills for learners with learning disabilities

‘Queen Street’ is a vocational IDEA services centre (under the umbrella of IHC) in Masterton, meeting the needs of twenty young adults (mostly in their 20s) with a learning disability. They offer programmes funded by the MSD, based on the interests of their service users. It’s a very active programme with classes such as zumba, swimming futsal, touch rugby, taekwondo, and cooking.

Over the last two years Queen Street has been working in partnership with Wairarapa REAP to provide more learning opportunities for their service users.

Te Hā o Mātauranga: developing a learning culture in Kaikōura

Te Hā o Mātauranga, the Breath of Knowledge, opened in Kaikōura in March this year. The strap line for the organisation is Learning in Kaikōura.

The NGO operates from two venues, the Old Museum in Kaikōura and the Kaikōura District Council’s scout hall.

The goal is to create a culture of learning in Kaikōura.

Three refugee settlement organisations implement their tikanga policy

MCLaSS (Multi-Cultural Learning and Support Services), Red Cross and Changemakers Refugee Forum are three Wellington refugee and migrant settlement organisations.

Red Cross Wellington is the largest settlement region for quota refugees, Changemakers Refugee Forum focus is working with former refugees to help them participate fully in New Zealand life, and MClaSS provides adult ESOL education and employment support.

Whānau education in Horowhenua Manawatu

The Iwi Raukawa te au ki te Tonga now have their services delivered from their limited liability company, Raukawa Whānau Ora. The organisation is based in Levin and provides services from Otaki to the north of Feilding. They also offer services in Palmerston North.