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Author(s): Bev Webber

We are at the end of another year and this brings the final issue of set: Research Information for Teachers for 2009.

The topics covered during the year have been wide ranging and...

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Author(s): Sarah Boyd

Key messages:

The need to identify students’ language, phonic and alphabet knowledge early on, and to systematically teach those skills in the early years. Schools need more support...
Author(s): Sally Peters, Carol Hartley, Pat Rogers, Jemma Smith and Margaret Carr

From 2005–8 Mangere Bridge Kindergarten carried out a Centre of Innovation research project exploring the transition between early childhood education and school. Three teacher researchers,...

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Author(s): Fleur Harris

The skills of oral narrative and phonological awareness are seen as precursors and predictors of reading development. In this study of bilingual Māori primary school students, Fleur Harris found...

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Author(s): Paul Flanagan

Schools and teachers are expected to respond appropriately when they encounter children acting sexually. This article describes the literature on child sexual development and behaviour and the...

Author(s): Robyn Baker

Several years ago I was awestruck by the bold vision of Wellington’s Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. Their strategic plan has a 500-year time frame. This is, of course, entirely appropriate when you’...

Author(s): Bronwen Cowie, Ted Glynn and Kathrin Otrel-Cass

When a teacher let her Years 4 and 5 class chose their own science topic to study, they settled on—what else?—farting. This article shows how letting students pursue their own interests led them...

Author(s): Sally Boyd

This article makes connections between the findings from an evaluation of the Ministry of Health’s Fruit in Schools (FiS) initiative and recent changes in the New Zealand curriculum, in...

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Author(s): Sally Boyd

This companion article to “Enabling students to lead the way” explores the rationale for using a whole-school approach to health and wellbeing, and the connection between this approach and the...

Author(s): Philippa Hunter and Bruce Farthing

This article explores what a group of Years 11 and 13 students think about history, how they talk about it and what they are interested in studying. It suggests that being aware of student...

Author(s): Chris Joyce

One of the hot topics at a small science education conference I recently attended was the Nature of Science strand of the new curriculum. There was considerable discussion about the kind of...