Fri 22 Mar 2019

Lectures are back

Preparing students for work – and getting them up to speed with numbers – will be topics for discussion when WITT’s public lecture season Ngā Ara Rangahau series begins next month.

WITT’s Research and Innovation Manager Diana Fergusson, who organises Ngā Ara Rangahau, will open with a lecture on Work Readiness of a New Graduate on April 1.

Diana has worked in nursing education for over 20 years, most recently as the Head of School of Nursing at WITT.

She has an interest in industry partnership and curriculum design and recently developed a ‘Modern Apprenticeship’ undergraduate nursing programme in partnership with nursing leaders in the region.

This model was chosen for student-nurse-learning to mirror clinical practice, and to increase work readiness of the new graduate nurse.

Gary Sharpe’s lecture a week later on April 8 will discuss using the Literacy Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (LNAAT) to improve teaching, resources and achievement in numeracy education.

Gary has been involved in Tertiary Education since 1982 and he is a Learning Skills Tutor, Mathematics, at WITT. On a daily basis, he works with individuals, small study groups, classes and teaching staff in numeracy from foundation to diploma level.

His research has opened doors to understanding why a significant percentage of people struggle with some facets of mathematics

Both lectures will run from 12.15 to 12.45pm at Te Piere on WITT’s New Plymouth campus.



Pictured: Gary Sharpe and Diana Fergusson will be lecturing in April.