Authors: Niamh Edginton, Christine Liang, Anna Palliser, and Claudia Gonnelli (2020).
Plastic pollution is currently at the forefront of environmental concern as the impacts of microplastics (particles <5 mm) may exacerbate existing degradation of aquatic ecosystems. The majority of the literature on plastic pollution is focused on the marine environment and only one study in New Zealand has quantified microplastics present in waterways despite evidence suggesting that rivers contain the highest concentrations of plastic pollution. This research focuses on two inner-city waterways in Invercargill city.
Authors: Mary Dang and Tapuwa Marapara (2020).
The aim of this research was to investigate the quantity of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) diffusing from pasture soils and wetland soils, on a dairy farmland, in Waituna catchment. It assesses the spatial variability of the emissions associated with changes in soil moisture and temperature.
Authors: Hélène Geoffroy-Legeay, Joanna Smith, Donna Smith and Debbie Ruwhiu. (2020).
Bachelor’s degree qualified massage therapists are increasing within New Zealand. Numbers estimated in 2018 were one hundred and fifty graduates. There are no educational requirements to work as a massage therapist in New Zealand. There is also no government or self-regulatory requirements or cultural guidelines. New Zealand as a bicultural nation requires health care and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professionals to be culturally competent and representative of their community.
Is it time to step up and act? Next steps for New Zealand Bachelor's Degree Qualified Massage Therapists
Authors: Smith, D., Smith, J., Andersen, J., Gyllentsen, C., Kent, T., Knight, E., Liu, Y., Mason, J., & Wilson, A. (2020).
Bachelor’s degree qualified massage therapists are increasing in number within New Zealand with numbers currently estimated at one hundred and fifty graduates since 2004. There are no educational requirements to work as a massage therapist within New Zealand and no government or self-regulatory requirements. The incentive to study a bachelor’s degree in massage therapy may be viewed as individually driven rather than industry driven. As the number of bachelor’s degree massage therapy graduates increases, the representation of this group by a professional body/association or a register of degree qualified massage therapists (DQMTs) is essential to promote the profession and safety of the general public.
Special Edition: Environmental Publications
School of Environmental Management, Faculty of Health, Humanities & Computing, Southern Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Programme Manager: Christine Liang ; Editor: Jeff Hoffman
- A Survey of The Adoption of Riparian Planting by Dairy Farmers in The Waituna Catchment - Rebecca Crack and Tapuwa Marapara
- Damming the Dam Sixty Years On: Continued Conflict Over the Manapouri Hydro-Electric Power Scheme, New Zealand – Debbie Ellis And Anna Palliser
- Electronic Waste Management in Schools, Industries, And Companies in Invercargill, Southland – Inessa Endawie And Tapuwa Marapara
- Plant Survey of Ephemeral Tiny Turf Communities in The Long White Lagoon in New Zealand – Gabrielle Wahrlich And Tapuwa Marapara
- Turning Tides in New Zealand Intertidal Research: A Baseline Study of Ulva Island Intertidal Zones – Rhiannon Warren And Christine Liang
- An Ecological and Hydro-Chemical Baseline Assessment of Long White Lagoon – Ainsley Adams And Tapuwa Marapara
An Evaluation of a Student-led Mentorship Programme in a New Zealand School of Nursing
Johanna Rhodes and Mary McMillan - School Nursing, Faculty of Health, Humanities & Computing, Southern Institute of Technology, New Zealand.
Five, year three nursing students implemented a student-led mentorship programme to provide guidance and support to new nursing students in the School of Nursing at the Southern Institute of Technology. New nursing students to the institute were invited to join the programme during orientation week at the commencement of the academic year. The Mentorship Programme Leaders then matched Mentors with Mentees.
The two purposes of the student-led mentorship programme were to foster better communication and community between students to reduce stress and anxiety, essentially helping to improve a sense of belonging. The second was an opportunity for Mentorship Programme Leaders and Mentors to improve their intangible skills of communication and leadership.
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Blackboard discussions in online courses – where is the value?
Robyn Hill, SIT2LRN Southern Institute of Technology and Robert Horrocks, SIT2LRN Southern Institute of Technology
This research set out to determine how SIT2LRN facilitators use Discussion Boards for assessment and to promote online learning within courses. Facilitators’ practice was evaluated using a mixed methodological approach supported by a review of the literature. Secondary data was obtained through examination of course outlines and Discussion Board content. Primary data came from a quantitative questionnaire and two focus groups. The research revealed some facilitators used Discussion Boards to promote online engagement of students, and, in limited cases, student creativity and critical thinking. Facilitators noted a correlation between students’ engagement with Discussion Boards and higher grades. Through the Discussion Boards, facilitators encouraged interaction, collaboration, dialogue and reflection among students. They aimed to align course learning outcomes and discussion topics, encourage peer-to-peer feedback, promote camaraderie, encourage sharing of work, and provide motivation. The research found facilitators in higher level courses had more assessed Discussion Board activities, although there were diverse approaches to assessment. A correlation between assessment of the activity and student interaction was noted. The research concluded a more consistent approach in how facilitators use Discussion Boards is needed, together with clear guidelines for alignment of the activities with course learning outcomes and formative and summative assessment.
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