2021 FABENZ 5th Biennial Conference
Sponsored by Ako Aotearoa
Foundation Education: Pathways to enhancing talent, qualifications and employment.
Professor Russell Bishop
Maori student retention and participation – outcomes from his very successful UCOL study in collaboration with Cognition Trust.
Fetaui and Sonny Iosefo
Fetaui Iosefo is the youngest daughter of Fuimaono Luse Vui-Siope and Sua Muamai Vui-Siope. Sonny is the eldest son of Sauimalae Iosefo and Fonoti Sanele Iosefo both of their parents migrated from Samoa to Aotearoa in the late 1950s. Fetaui and Sonny have the privilege of having two beautiful sons: Joshua who is married to Dallin and Muamai who is still at primary school. Both Sonny and Fetaui are advocates for Foundation studies. Sonny did foundation studies to strengthen his literacy and numeracy skills to be able to apply for the Police Force. Once Sonny settled into his career and their eldest son Joshua was five Fetaui, then enrolled in the Foundation program. They will be sharing their experiences of foundation education and its impact for them.
Julie Thorburn (Te Pūkenga Foundation programmes)
Development of the NZQA Foundation Qualifications for delivery.
Fleur Connor-Douglas (Director Curriculum Transformation, Massey University)
Most famous for travelling from Attari, India to Istanbul, Turkey guided only by a sketch map originally drawn in the sand on a beach somewhere in Gokarna, India, Fleur is also well known for her work in curriculum design and academic literacies. Her applied linguistics and education background coupled with experience as a pre- and in-service teacher trainer and assessor in New Zealand and beyond, and a stint as an online learning development coordinator, laid the foundation for her current role as Director, Curriculum Transformation at Massey University. Fleur currently leads a strategic project which pulls together the strengths of approaches such as Salmon’s Carpe Diem Model, Kift et al.’s 3rd generation transition pedagogies and Scott’s FLIPCurric to create courses and programmes intentionally scaffolded against a literacies framework she co-developed with a team of Massey academic and professional staff.