This qualification aims to equip adult educators with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to address the diverse challenges of teaching and/or embedding literacy and/or numeracy across a range of educational contexts in New Zealand.
Programme code: AK1286
Duration: 1 year full time / up to 3 years part time
Venue: Online with one initial 3-day orientation at AUT city campus
Starting date: 22 July 2013
Developing adequate foundation skills in adults is seen as crucial for achieving the policy goal of "widening participation" in tertiary education, building a knowledge society, and for ensuring competitiveness in a global economy.
This programme aims to equip adult literacy and numeracy educators with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to address the diverse challenges of provision and practice in New Zealand in the 21st century.
Structure and content
The MAdLitNumEd is linked to key strategies in respective Tertiary Education Strategies and specific policy related to adult literacy (e.g., Adult Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan 2008-2012).
Graduates will gain advanced knowledge and training in adult literacy and numeracy teaching, integrating current theory and practice with a range of literacy and numeracy domains.
The field covers policy, provision and practice in the field of Adult Literacy and Numeracy (foundation skills) in foundation level education (NQF1-4). Areas of critical inquiry include:
- Theoretical perspectives of literacy and numeracy
- Pedagogical approaches for adult literacy and numeracy
- Online initiatives in teaching /programming
- Curriculum, assessment and performance accountability
Key skills students will learn
As a professional masters in the field, experienced student/practitioners will be able to advance their career as literacy/numeracy practitioners by:
- Developing critical understandings of the discourses surrounding the meanings of adult literacy /numeracy and of adult literacy / numeracy-in-education
- further developing the capability for reflective practice
- developing the skills and knowledge to take on administrative/ planning/ advocacy roles in the field
- developing skills to research their own practice and disseminate what they have found at professional forums.
Graduates will be able to:
- Design and implement literacy and numeracy programmes to meet the needs of specific cohorts of learners
- critique and/or develop the materials required in the presentation of such programmes
- develop targeted assessments and evaluation for adult literacy and numeracy learners
- critically evaluate and apply methodologies appropriate to particular levels of adult literacy and numeracy learners.
Papers169001 Adult Literacy: Contemporary Perspectives
169002 Adult Numeracy: Contemporary Perspectives
169003 Adult Literacy: Teaching Strategies
169004 Adult Numeracy: Teaching Strategies
169005 Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education: Online Teaching and Learning
169006 Adult Literacy and Numeracy: Programme Design and Assessment
169007 Adult Literacy and Numeracy: Applied Project
169015 Maori (Adult) Literacies: Historic and Contemporary Perspectives
All educational institutions involved with foundation level education recognise this programme. This includes: Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs); private training enterprises (PTEs); industry training organisations (ITOs).
AUT works closely with:
- Literacy Aotearoa (PTE) will soon offer an additional paper on the programme (in partnership with the School of Language and Culture): "Maori Perspectives on Adult Literacy in Education".
- On occasions guest lecturers are invited onto two papers in the programme.
The masters is an advanced teacher education qualification, for experienced practitioners. Sites of practice are inclusive of:
- Vocational education
- Modern Apprenticeship Scheme
- Bridging education
- Workplace literacy/numeracy
- Welfare–to-work programmes
- Youth Transition programmes
- Community-based programmes
- Family literacy
- Correction-based programmes.
For Janet Coup a Master of Adult Literacy and Numeracy education at AUT University was the perfect opportunity to extend her learning.
Having worked in the numeracy and literacy field for more than 15 years, Janet felt she needed extra skills and qualifications.
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