Research & Policy

Research is important to Literacy Aotearoa. We invest time in research and development, conducting our own research and participating in others’ projects.

Our work provides useful resources for adult literacy providers and others interested in our work in Aotearoa New Zealand. The research informs the development of business cases for new literacy initiatives and the ongoing development of our tutor qualification and professional development programmes.

We regularly conduct critical evaluations of our own programmes.

We make submissions to Government on legislation and contribute to national policy development and education strategies.

To improve understanding of adult literacy in Aotearoa New Zealand our own research and development team collaborates with others who work in the adult literacy sector. In this way we make good use of the research and practices developed by others, and focus our own resources into developing better approaches to literacy training.

Literacy Aotearoa Research Papers and Submissions

Creating spaces for Whānau wellbeing, literacy and numeracy in the context of neoliberalism in Aotearoa, New Zealand
Katrina Taupo (Researcher Literacy Aotearoa), Waikato Journal of Education, Te Hautaka Mātauranga o Waikato, V21:1 2016
Second Submission to the Draft Tertiary Education Strategy 2014-2019 
Literacy Aotearoa, Hōngongoi (July) 2015
Literacy, Language and Numeracy for Māori adults and their whānau - for Literacy Aotearoa & Te Puni Kōkiri
Literacy AotearoaWhiringa ā rangi (November) 2013    
Adult Literacy Provision and Early Childhood Achievement
Report for the Ministry of Education. Literacy AotearoaWhiringa ā nuku (October) 2013
Response to the Draft Tertiary Education Strategy 2014-2019
Literacy Aotearoa, 2013
Hei Ara Ako ki te Oranga: A model for measuring wellbeing outcomes from literacy programmes.

Research Report. Authors: Jessica Hutchings, Bronwyn Yates, Peter Isaacs, Jenny Whatman, and Nicola Bright. Ako Aotearoa, Te Wahanga NZCER, Literacy Aotearoa Published April 2013. ISBN: 978-1-927202-44-9

kaupapa Māori assessment model has been developed that demonstrates the link between literacy learning and wellbeing for Māori learners. It addresses the need of Māori literacy providers for relevant and appropriate assessment models of wellbeing for Māori, and it complements the Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Tool for Adults.
He Whānau Mātau, He Whānau Ora.  Māori adult literacy and whānau transformation.

Helen Potter, Katrina Taupo, Jessica Hutchings, Sue McDowall, and Peter Isaacs for New Zealand Council for Educational Research 2011