Adult Learning and Literacy Research Group ALCR: Adult Literacy and Communication Research Group

 

The Team

Massey University
Wanganui District Library
Literacy Aotearoa (Wanganui)
Whanganui Community Foundation
Te Puna Matauranga O Whanganui

The team

The Literacy and Employment team,
Anti-clockwise from front: Aaron Te Aramakutu, Sally Patrick, Bob Dempsey, Margie Comrie, Gail Harrison, Frank Sligo, Alison Bourn, Niki Culligan, Su Olsson, Judith Timpany, and Aneta Rawiri
courtesy of the Wanganui Chronicle

Massey University Contacts

The following Massey University staff are members of the Literacy and Employment Research Programme team:

A/P Frank Sligo

Professor Frank Sligo
Project Leader
Education: BA Otago, MBS, PhD, ANZLA

Niki Murray

Dr Niki Murray
Project Manager
Education: BA, MA(Hons), PhD



Associate Professor Margie Comrie
Associate Professor Margie Comrie
Objective Leader
Education: MA, DipJourn Cant., PhD
Dr Franco Vaccarino

Dr Franco Vaccarino
Education: BA; BA Hons (Applied Linguistics); MA (Applied English Language Studies); Doctor of Education (Adult Basic Education and Training); Certificate in Adult Basic Education and Training; Advanced Certificate in Education: English

Dr Elspeth Tilley
Dr Elspeth Tilley
Education: BA (Hons1) PhD(Qld)
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Dr John Franklin
Education: BA (Auckland) ThM (Princeton Seminary) D.Min (McCormick, Chicago) Cert.TESOL (Trinity, London)

Dr Su Olsson
Dr Su Olsson
Objective Leader
Education: BA, BA(Hons), MA, PhD, DipTching, ATCL(Speech)

The L&Eteam acknowledges the invaluable contribution made to this research programme by the late Dr Su Olsson, who passed away in September 2005. Su was an inspirational Objective Leader, and we will miss her wise counsel, her collegial support, and her generosity of spirit.

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Community Partners

The following Wanganui community organisations are members and subcontractors within the Literacy and Employment Research Programme:

Wanganui District Library

The Wanganui District Library was the original instigator of the Literacy and Employment Research Programme and is the main community partner with the Massey University Department of Communication and Journalism.

Ms Sally Patrick
Library Manager / Project Partner

Mr Bob Dempsey
Project Partner

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Literacy Aotearoa (Wanganui)

Literacy Aotearoa (Wanganui) is a foundations skills provider, specialising in delivering literacy services that meet the needs of our local community.

We work with individuals who have identified a need to develop their literacy skills, either on a one-to-one or group basis. We also work with community organisations, such as local marae, community houses and schools to meet the needs of their whanau and/or target groups.

Literacy programmes are designed to meet the assessed needs of each learner, and tuition is provided contextually to achieve negotiated learning goals.

Literacy Aotearoa (Wanganui) provides a unique contribution to the community, working with people who are not in a position to commit to more formal courses or programmes. This means that tuition can take place during the evening or day, on-site at our office or at another venue available and convenient to the learner and the tutor.

As a member of Literacy Aotearoa Inc. we work in accordance with the national mission statement and definition as follows:

Literacy Aotearoa is established to develop accessible, quality literacy services that ensure the peoples of Aotearoa are critically literate.

Literacy Aotearoa defines literacy as listening, speaking, reading, writing, numeracy and critical thinking, interwoven with the knowledge of social and cultural practices.

Critical literacy enhances people's ability to get their message across effectively, analyse and understand the implications of text and other forms of communication, and actively participate within their families, communities and workplaces.

Critical literacy enhances people's ability to contribute to and improve society, locally, nationally and internationally.

Literacy services are provided at no direct cost to the learners and are delivered in ways that value that culture, gender and age of the learner.

Ms Alison Bourn
Manager / Project Partner

Ms Gail Harrison
Project Partner

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Whanganui Community Foundation

Ms Judith Timpany
Executive Director / Project Partner

Te Puna Matauranga O Whanganui

Te Puna Matauranga O Whanganui - Whanganui Iwi Education Authority is a newly established organisation that has a responsibility to implement the education aspirations of Whanganui Iwi.

The organisation is governed by a Board that is represented of the 5 Tupuna rohe of Whanganui Iwi, that is; Ngati Rangi, Hinengakau, Tamaupoko, Tamahaki and Tupoho.

Te Puna Matauranga O Whanganui education aspirations are;

Improve access for tribal members to tribal knowledge and skills.
Facilitate education options for Maori people
Advance Maori educational achievement and retention rates.

Te Puna Matauranga O Whanganui education goals are;

Increase Maori involvement in education at all levels.
Increase the number and the proficiency of Maori language speakers.
Strengthen whanau and hapu leadership on and beyond the marae.
Improve the quality of delivery to Maori at all levels of education.
Offer tribal education opportunities at all levels.

Mr Aaron Te Aramakutu
Manager / Project Partner
Whanganui Iwi Education Authority
P.O Box 7241
Whanganui
Ph: (06) 3489110
(021) 766-204

Ms Aneta Rawiri
Project Manager

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