Adult Literacy and Numeracy: A Learner Centred Dialogue

Cross-sector collaboration has been highlighted as one of the strengths of this project. In order to maintain these active links between stakeholders and advisory group members a workshop was designed to report on the progress of the wider project and facilitate talks on learner voice. The workshop was also designed to affirm the relationships and perspectives created through the policy intervention landscape project.  Two of the partners in this project hosted the first workshop designed to facilitate dialogue between the research team, the policy sector and providers of adult L+N on the 23rd-24th of September 2022.

Our thanks to BusinessNZ in Wellington and Auckland Council for hosting the two in-person events and to those participants who joined us online.  The workshop started with broad overview of the wider project and then summaries of the progress with the various strands of qualitative work being undertaken.  A number of providers then shared their experiences and understanding of learners to help us further develop a truly learner centred model of adult L+N.  The final presentations focused on the policy context with commentary from Ako Aotearoa and the Ministry of Education.

Throughout the workshop we also sought views from the participant on our initial model of a learner centered framework for the policy intervention landscape. These views will be drawn on and inform the next part of the literacy landscape project that will investigate culturally responsive models. It was both exciting and re-assuring to the research project team members that everyone was essentially on the same page in terms of prioritising learners and responding to the literacy and numeracy issues identified in the PIACC survey results.

Please find a copy of the programme and links to many of the presentations below.


Time Thursday 22 September Friday 23 September
8:30am Coffee/Networking Coffee/Networking
9:00am The Expression, Experience and Transcendence of Low Skill in Aotearoa New Zealand
Presenter: Professor Gail Pacheco
Location: Wellington
Education Unlimited
Presenter: Tina Rose
Location: Auckland
9:30am Findings from the Pacific qualitative research
Presenter: Dr Betty Ofe-Grant
Location: Auckland
Learner Voice
Presenter: Dr Jane Furness
Location: Wellington
10:00am Māturanga Māori perspectives of literacy
Presenter: Associate Professor Bridgette Awatere-Masters
Location: Wellington
Alex McKegg
Location: Auckland
10:30am Morning Tea Morning Tea
11:00am An ocean of LNAAT data, let's go swimming
Presenter: Gary Sharpe – WITT, Te Pukenga,
Location: Auckland
Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy
Giles Panting
Location: Wellington
11:30am EastBay Reap
Presenter: Dr Ryan Morrison and Melanie Jans
Location: Auckland
12:00pm BusNZ
Rachel Simpson
Location: Wellington
Ako Aotearoa
Helen Lomax and David Gough
Location: Wellington
12:30pm Lunch Lunch
1:00pm Informal kōrero Informal kōrero

Wellington event

Level 6,
JacksonStone House, 
3 - 11 Hunter Street.
Wellington 6140.

Auckland event

Te Wharau o Tāmaki  - Auckland House
135 Albert Street, 
Auckland 1010.