SIT Research Institute Publications

SIT Research Report 2018

The Southern Institute of Technology Research Report for 2018 showcases the diversity of research interests among our staff and celebrates a variety of projects. Research undertaken by staff at SIT reflects an interest in teaching and learning, development of specialised knowledge, and creative endeavours, as well as connections with industry and the community.



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  • A Fullbright Scholarship & Urban Food Production - Anna Palliser, School of Environmental Management
  • From Cats to Beetles in boxes - Barnaby Pace, Faculty of SIT2LRN
  • Using Newman's error analysis procedure to support student learning - Carlo Gabriel, School of Engineering
  • The speed of sound presents - Charlie Rodgers, School of Audio Production
  • The morphology of the Maldives - Christine Liang, School of Environmental Management
  • Perceived stress and resilience in the third year nursing students - Debbie Watson, School of Nursing
  • Pumoana, pedal steel guitar and performance - Kingsley Melhuish, MAINZ
  • Increasing teacher confidence to deliver the physical education curriculum - Duncan McKenzie, School of Sports & Exercise
  • Real-World experiences in costume design for a community theatre group - Emma Cathcart, School of Fashion
  • Plagiarism and academic integrity - Jerry Hoffman, School of Business
  • Doctoral study in simulation - Johanna Rhodes, School of Nursing
  • E-Portfolios for student nurses - Karyn Madden, School of Nursing
  • Dissonance, consonance and all that jazz - Mark Baynes, MAINZ
  • Singing, shows and Santa! - Sally Bodkin-Allen, School of Contemporary Music
  • Office fighter - Steven Woller, Faculty of SIT2LRN
  • Trees and Water Quality -Tapuwa Marapara, School of Environmental Management
  • Collaboration in song writing and performing - Tony Waine, MAINZ
  • Oral History - Trish Conradson, School of Nursing
  • Staff research outputs 2018

ITP Sector Collaboration Practices Project

As core contributors to the New Zealand tertiary sector, Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) are committed to enhancing the experiences and achievements of our students through engaging with community, regional, national and international partners. The ITP Sector Collaboration Practices Project reports on a number of effective collaborations between ITPs and other stakeholders and evaluates the factors that make for successful collaborations. The government expects tertiary education providers to work with each other and with other key stakeholders for a variety of purposes: from improving operating efficiency to increasing learning opportunities for students. Collaborative ways of working together are seen as particularly beneficial for the ITP sector.

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Committed Learners Project

The SIT Research Institute team recently completed a collaborative project that examined student engagement across the student life-cycle. It was a joint SIT/NZITP funded project.

The Committed Learners Project identifies practices to foster student engagement, improve student retention and enhance successful completion of programmes.   The project brings together a ‘basket’ of good practice examples gathered from Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand.  It also identifies areas for improvement and possible future action.  The project was carried out by the SIT Research Institute with funding from SIT and NZITP.  Nine ITPs participated in the Committed Learners Project and the report draws heavily on their skills and knowledge.

The Committed Learners Project involved three phases: a review of the literature relating to student engagement; a questionnaire distributed to a variety of staff employed at ITPs, including those in administrative and management roles; and interviews with teaching staff and those involved in learning support.  The project combines a wealth of data from questionnaires and interviews, provided by a wide variety of staff both academic and general, from nine different institutes of technology and polytechnics around New Zealand.  It provides a snapshot of current practices relating to student engagement at different stages of the student life-cycle, from the processes involved in promotions and enrolment, through to what happens when a student finishes a course of study.  It represents the collective knowledge and experiences of ITPs in working towards the goals of student engagement, retention and completion.  The report is designed so that it can be read either in its entirety, or in sections, or opened at random by those in search of a good idea or helpful quote that they can apply in their own institutions.

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‘I can do a dolphin jump, I can!’

An evaluation of the Swim Safe Southland Central Southland Pilot Project.

In 2011 the SIT Research Institute carried out an evaluation of a novel programme aimed at teaching swimming skills and water safety to primary school children in Central Southland. 

Eleven primary schools and 848 children in Central Southland participated in the pilot SwimSafe Programme. The programme was supported by Sport Southland, Water Safety New Zealand and Southern REAP. These organisations approached researchers from the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) to provide an independent evaluation into how the programme was run and whether it was successful in improving children’s swimming ability.  Research involved working with quantitative swimming data, distribution of a questionnaire to parents, interviews with teachers involved, and focus groups with primary school children from ages five to 11 years old.  The research found the SwimSafe Programme to have been extremely effective in increasing the numbers of children being able to achieve improved swimming skills and distances. There was a large amount of positive support for the SwimSafe programme from principals, teachers, parents and children.

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Previous Research Reports

Click here for SIT's 2016 Research Report

Click here for SIT's 2015 Research Report

Click here for SIT's 2014 Research Report (10MB PDF)

Click here for SIT's 2013 Research Report (6MB PDF)

Click here for SIT's 2012 Research Report (1.3MB PDF)

Click here for SIT's 2010-2011 Research Report (2MB PDF)

Click here for SIT's 2009-2010 Research Report (3MB PDF)