As we bring you this first issue of set for 2007, a number of key issues for education
have already emerged and as the year goes on we will bring you both research
and informed comment on these and other issues.
The family is one of the sites for literacy learning and that families vary both between themselves and according to culture. This article provides some suggestions with the aim of encouraging a successful sharing of information about literacy in home and school.
This article reports on the ways in which effective teachers plan instructional tasks that provide diverse learners with opportunities to access and engage with important mathematical concepts and relationships.
This article summarises the main findings from a literature review exploring thinking skills in the early years (for children aged 3 to 7) and provides some practical recommendations for teachers seeking to further promote thinking skills in the early years.
This article looks at restorative practices as a tool to reduce bullying in schools and emphasises the importance of healing broken relationships, particularly between students causing harm and their teachers and peers who are harmed.
This article shows that generating ngā ara whakamihi (praise pathways) through a context of praise enabled Māori students to feel safe and supported, both culturally and educationally, and that they were able to assimilate and then integrate the meaning of teacher praise.
Deborah Fraser, Graham Price, Viv Aitken, with Gay Gilbert, Amanda Klemick , Lisa Rose, and Shirley Tyson
Curriculum and assessment
This article explores the notion of “relational pedagogy” in the Arts (drama, dance, music, and visual art) starting with the teacher–child relationship, peer relationships, and building communities of enquiry.
In 2006, we looked at how primary school were getting on with the planning and reporting requirements which came into place in 2003. Thank you to the 180 principals and 279 teachers who took part in our survey. We also asked about it in our 2006 national survey of secondary schools, so some comparisons are possible.