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Nairn, K., Higgins, J., & Sligo, J. (2012). Children of Rogernomics: A neoliberal generation leaves school. Otago University Press. Reviewed by Jennifer Tatebe
In this article Cathy Wylie, a chief researcher at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, provides an account of New Zealand’s education system from the introduction of self-managing schools under Tomorrow’s Schools through to the present day. Dr Wylie draws on her recent book Vital Connections to critically examine the assumptions and structures that have underpinned self-managing schools. Her book describes the many ways in which schools are disconnected from the Ministry of Education and from one another. She suggests that much stronger connections and relationships are needed, locally and centrally, to address the fundamental challenges that schools face today, especially with regard to improving the educational futures of “priority learner groups”.
This article explores what approaches to inquiry and integrated inquiry might look like if given a 21st-century learning frame. It is the second of two articles about student inquiry and curriculum integration. (Part A appeared in set no. 3, 2012.)
It is estimated that the World Wide Web contains more than 7.8 billion pages. As a consequence, how children understand how to find and use information on the Web is becoming increasingly important. This article details a study that investigated the strategies that a small group of Year 6 children used in accessing information from the Web. The authors consider the implications of these findings for the ways in which teachers approach information literacy and the changing role of the Internet in schools.