An investigation into aspects of the Community Work Diploma, Christchurch Polytechnic.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Education
The Community Work Diploma, Christchurch Polytechnic, was the first formal qualification in Community Work in New Zealand. The two year full-time course began in February 1992 with the first graduates completing the Diploma in November 1993. Undertaken in 1994 this research project uses an action-research methodology to investigate aspects of the course. Particular attention is paid to assessment issues, the grading of student assignments, student selection processes and criteria for entry, the use of journals as a learning and assessment tool, and the need for a Programme Advisory Group to oversee the course. In-depth interviews were conducted with current students, an ex-student, tutors from similar programmes, a Diploma tutor and a member of the Course Advisory Group. From transcripts of the interviews and secondary data sources issues were identified and articulated. In each of the areas studied, suggestions are made regarding how the course could be taught, organised and overseen differently in response to the issues raised. Suggestions are also made regarding the continuation of the next stage of the action-research process. Finally some comments are made about the limitations of this study and the action-research method.