NCEA and transitioning to University

Victoria researchers are investigating how well New Zealand’s NCEA system prepares students for university study, and how the system might be improved.

In the early 2000s, National Certificate of Education and Achievement (NCEA) was introduced with a promise that it would result in greater qualifications attainment by school leavers.

While this has been achieved, there are concerns about how well it prepares school-leavers for university study and how well universities are responding to the NCEA environment.

Dr Michael Johnston and his colleagues Dr Sue Cherrington and Dr Bronwyn Wood from the Faculty of Education are leading a new, cross-disciplinary project investigating these concerns.

The project will include an analysis of the relationship between students’ performance in NCEA and in their first year at university, as well as a comparison of the way in which schools and universities construct subject-specific knowledge.

The project will assist schools and teachers to better prepare NCEA students for university, and universities to better understand the abilities and needs of NCEA graduates.