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Our Transitions Project

Students involved in the project work with us to explore tertiary education pathways in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Students working with us as co-researchers and participants

The Secondary to Tertiary Transitions Project is a participatory project, which means that students involved are co-researchers as well as participants. Students can join the project in Year 12 or 13, and work with us over 2–3 years to plan, ‘map’ and re-evaluate their educational pathways. Students meet with the research team four times a year during school holidays (or during term breaks for students in tertiary education). We also hold additional events during term time, based on students’ interests, and developed in consultation with them.

Our project will generate student-centred resources for refugee-background students and their families as well as schools and tertiary education institutions. These resources will inform secondary to tertiary education pathways and support successful educational transitions for refugee-background students in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Visit Our people for more about our researchers and advisers.

Thinking about joining our research project?

If you are a year 12-13 student and a former refugee based in Dunedin or Invercargill, and you would like to join the project or to know more about it, please contact us for more information.

Sharing what we learn

If you are a secondary school teacher or school principal in Dunedin or Invercargill and you would like more information about the project and what we are learning, please email us. We are happy to meet with you or your staff, by arrangement.

Project funding

The project is funded for three years by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research through a Teaching and Learning Research Initiative Grant. It is hosted by the University of Otago College of Education, and led by Associate Professor Vivienne Anderson.

Refugee-background students in Aotearoa: Supporting successful secondary to tertiary education transitions (NZCER website)