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dc.contributor.authorThumath, Andrea
dc.description.abstractRESEARCH QUESTIONS: 1. What are the secondary school leader’s perceptions of the transition for students from secondary to tertiary education? 2. What are the tertiary transition challenges for secondary students from a tertiary institution leadership perspective? 3. In which ways could secondary to tertiary transition be improved? ABSTRACT: The number of our young people transitioning from secondary to tertiary education in New Zealand continues to decline despite multiple interventions, policies and programmes put in place. This study focusses on the current trends in secondary to tertiary transition by investigating the perceptions of this transition from the perspectives of senior secondary and tertiary leaders. The research was conducted in four Auckland secondary schools and one Auckland institute of technology. Four senior leaders from the secondary schools and three senior leaders from the tertiary institution were interviewed in semi-structured interviews to gather qualitative data to identify current transition trends across both sectors. The study highlights the significant contributions across both sectors in the provision of secondary to tertiary transition programmes. Three central themes emerged from the research: the importance of collaboration, the value of pathway programmes and teams and the barriers created by policy versus practice. These themes and the feedback received from the leaders interviewed provided a set of recommendations. The recommendations place a focus on: the establishment of an Advisory Panel including the various stakeholders from across each party involved in this transition, the establishment of dedicated transition pathway teams in both secondary and tertiary institutions and the call for our secondary schools to collaborate, sharing knowledge and resources across their wider community.en_NZ
dc.subjectAuckland (N.Z.)en_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectsecondary studentsen_NZ
dc.subjectsecondary schoolsen_NZ
dc.subjectInstitutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs)en_NZ
dc.subjectsecondary to tertiary transitionen_NZ
dc.subjectdecision makingen_NZ
dc.subjectcollege choiceen_NZ
dc.subjectstudent recruitmenten_NZ
dc.subjecteducation marketingen_NZ
dc.subjecttertiary studentsen_NZ
dc.subjecttertiary leadersen_NZ
dc.subjecttransition programmesen_NZ
dc.subjectsecondary leadersen_NZ
dc.titleSecondary to tertiary transitions : current trendsen_NZ
dc.typeMasters Dissertationen_NZ of Educational Leadership and Managementen_NZ Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadershipen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden130103 Higher Educationen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationThumath, A. (2019). Secondary to tertiary transitions: Current trends. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership and Management). Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.placeAuckland, New Zealand
unitec.advisor.principalHowse, Jo
unitec.advisor.associatedCardno, Carol

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