An NZCER project team has developed a New Zealand Educational Theses database (NZET) to support researchers, educational practitioners and policy makers, especially BES researchers. The aim is to link to full text when possible.
This article, the fourth of a series about student research activities, examines the underlying reasons why it is important for students to have rich opportunities to carry out research-related activities. The author discusses the nature of research as enquiry, identifies some common themes in advocacy for future-focused education, and links them to the key competencies currently being introduced into the New Zealand curriculum.
The second of three articles on research as a student learning activity. Rosemary Hipkins explores the idea of "information literacy" and argues that different school subjects provide differences of context that students need to experience and learn to critique.
This article was incorporated into the NZCER Press book Learning to do research: Challenges for students and teachers.
While a wide variety of activities can contribute to students’ experiences of carrying out research, comments from secondary school students involved in the Learning Curves project suggest that many of them may conceptualise the process involving “information retrieval and repackaging”. Their experience may be that research is just another project, for which they are not taught the necessary skills.
This best evidence synthesis is derived from research that provides strong evidence of linkages to learning opportunities, experiences, and outcomes for children.
An important focus of the work is professional development in support of educational practice that is inclusive of diverse children, families, and whänau. Specific emphasis is on evidence related to learning opportunities and outcomes through the provision of professional development for Mäori children, Pasifika children and children, from low socio-economic families.