Author(s): Irena Madjar
This book is made up of fifteen stories, written by young New Zealanders as they look back on their individual journeys from school to tertiary education. They come from rural and urban schools located mostly in economically disadvantaged communities, and many are the first in their family to embark on university studies.
Elizabeth McKinley, PhD, of Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Ngai Tahu descent has taught science in secondary schools and has a long standing interest in Maori education. She is an Associate Professor in Education at the University of Auckland and Director of the Starpath Project for Tertiary Participation and Success, the aim of which is to improve educational outcomes for Maori, Pacific, and other students from lower decile schools, currently underrepresented in tertiary education. Irena Madjar, PhD, has extensive experience in nursing, university education, and research. She coordinates qualitative research studies conducted as part of the Starpath Project and was the principal investigator on the longitudinal study on student transition from school to university from which this book developed.