Link to Benseman & Russ

Mapping the territory: A survey of Bridging Education in New Zealand


Amid calls to
‘catch the knowledge wave’ and build a ‘learning society’ in New Zealand, there
has been a growing surge of interest in the means to increase the numbers and
extend the nature of participation in tertiary education. It is clear that if
these goals are to be achieved, there will need to be innovative strategies
developed and these will need to be implemented widely. The emerging field of bridging
has developed significantly and in a variety of ways over recent
years and yet little is known about the field, its student body, the people who
teach it and the programmes themselves. This paper provides an overview of this
developing field as shown in a national survey of this form of provision in
tertiary institutions.