Beverly Taylor 

Dec 2017

 

 

    

 Senior Academic Staff Member in Wintec’s Centre for Business, IT and Enterprise (Business)

She facilitates classes, work placements and research projects across three majors in the Bachelor of Applied Management Degree, Diploma and Graduate Diploma Programmes.

With qualifications in law, business and adult teaching, Beverly has recently taught: Innovation and Creativity, Marketing, and Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management.

Following up previous research in the areas of International students’ learning, cultural and social experiences in New Zealand, and Learner experiences related to digital and social media in marketing, Beverly became deeply involved in a major collaborative research project in 2017.

This project, of which she was a team member, was sponsored by Ako Aotearoa (National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence) Central Hub and explored ‘Identifying authentic teaching strategies that build employability skills of vocational education graduates’.

Alongside Beverly (Wintec), staff of WelTec, Whitireia, Toi Ohomai, EIT, NMIT and Taratahi have worked together, observing teachers to identify evidence of strategies (implicit and explicit) that excellent teachers use to encourage learners in the development of employability skills. This included Beverly observing Wintec staff who she wishes to thank for taking part and being open to this process. The observations were followed by interviews with participants to explore in more detail how they purposefully teach employability skills.

The fieldwork has been completed and preliminary findings were presented at the National Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference (where Beverly has been a regular presenter over several years) and Ako Aotearoa Research Colloquium. Work is continuing to develop a kete of resources, including the strategies for embedding employability skills and links to resources such as video clips of real examples of teaching practice, followed by a journal publication and final report to Ako Aotearoa. 

 

Beverly Taylor