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Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins

The focus section of this issue of set is a collection of articles that discuss various aspects of key competency development in the early primary school years. These articles were selected from...

Author(s): Linda Bendikson, Viviane Robinson and John Hattie

A lot of emphasis is currently placed on the need for principals to be instructional leaders or leaders of learning. In the study of the instructional leadership of secondary principals reported...

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Author(s): Alex Neill

A key way students develop their statistical understanding at primary school level is by undertaking data-rich investigations. This article suggests scaffolding students through a statistical...

Author(s): Barbara Ryan and Cathy Buntting

Ethics is a valuable way to approach science in primary school because grappling with ethical issues engages students. Focusing on ethics encourages students to extend their understanding of...

Author(s): Ally Bull

There’s a lot that primary school teachers can do to help develop their students’ science learning. This article sets out straightforward possibilities, including encouraging...

Author(s): Mike Taylor, Judith Urry and Amy Burgess

This article considers the delicate positioning of social studies in a context of curriculum integration. The common primary school practice of integrating social studies as part of...

Author(s): Mary Simpson and Tina Williams

This article explores the shift from "essential skills" to "key competencies" in the school curriculum. Drawing on information gathered from teacher interviews and observations at a New Zealand...

Author(s): Yvonne Smith, Keryn Davis, and Sue Molloy

In this article, Yvonne, a junior school teacher, describes how she decided to explore how key competencies could be integrated into the daily programme, and assessed, without creating extra...

Author(s): Nikki O'Connor and Susie Greenslade

Two teachers research the documentation, continuity and complexity of key competencies in their combined new entrant, Year 1 and Year 2 classroom. They wanted to find ways to make the continuity...

Author(s): Pat Caswell

There seems to be an increase in children entering school with globally delayed development, including poor gross and fine motor skills. What ways are there to increase these...

Author(s): Charles Darr

In the last edition of Assessment News (Part 1 of this “quick guide”), we looked at how measurement error limits the precision of test scores. In this edition of Assessment News we examine how...