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Cathy Wylie

Job Title: 
Chief Researcher

Cathy Wylie is a Chief Researcher at NZCER. She came to NZCER in 1987. Her previous experience includes lecturing in social anthropology at Victoria and Auckland universities, contract research with a range of government departments, and evaluation of social welfare programmes and policy at the then Department of Social Welfare.

Areas of expertise:

  • Educational policy and its impact on schools, principals and teachers, and learning.
  • School development and change
  • Longitudinal study of factors affecting children’s development from early childhood education through schooling and beyond (the Competent Learners (Competent Children), study)
  • Evaluation of innovations and programmes

Research outputs

Year published Title Publication type Category
2017 Christchurch Community Report Research report Te Wāhanga
2017 Kaitaia Community Report Research report
2017 Matawaia Community Report Research report
2017 Principals and their work: Findings from the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 Research report
2017 Rūātoki Community Report Research report Te Wāhanga
2017 School resources, relations with other schools, and support: Findings from the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 Research report
2017 Tāmaki Makarau ki te Tonga Community Report Research report
2017 Taranaki Community Report Research report Te Wāhanga
2017 Tauranga Moana Community Report Research report Te Wāhanga
2017 Te Ahu o te Reo Overview Report Research report Te Wāhanga
2017 Te Uru o Tāmaki Community Report Research report
2017 Te Wairoa Community Report Research report
2017 Teachers work and professional learning: Findings from the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 Research report
2017 The work of school boards – trustees’ perspectives: Findings from the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 Research report
2016 Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako: The Emergent Stage Research report
2016 Incredible Years Teacher-NZCER Evaluation Research report Evaluation
2016 Secondary schools in 2015 Research report Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies NCEA Policy School governance and management Student health and wellbeing
2016 WAPA 2020: Gains and insights from an enduring school network Paper Education leadership practices School governance and management
2015 Ngā whakaratonga mō ngā ākonga Māori i roto i ngā kura auraki Providing for Māori students in English-medium schools Research report Te Wāhanga
2014 Achievement in Boys' Schools Research report NCEA
2014 Primary and intermediate schools in 2013 Research report Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies Moderation National Standards Policy School governance and management Student health and wellbeing
2014 Progress and stalling on the path to learning-centred schools in New Zealand Conference paper
2013 Improving learning opportunities: Why schools can’t do it on their own Journal article Policy School governance and management
2013 National Standards: What difference are they making? Conference paper
2013 Secondary schools in 2012 Research report Curriculum and assessment ICT NCEA Policy School governance and management
2012 Handbook of Research on Student Engagement Book Student engagement
2012 Vital connections: Why we need more than self-managing schools Book National Standards NCEA Policy School governance and management
2011 Competent Learners @ 20: summary of key findings Research summary Student health and wellbeing
2011 Forming Adulthood Past, Present and Future in the Experiences and Views of the Competent Learners @ 20 Research report Families and communities Longitudinal projects
2011 Opportunities for Teacher Collaborative Practices in a Self-Managed School System: the New Zealand Experience Research report Longitudinal projects Policy School governance and management
2011 The Development of Leadership Capability in a Self-Managing Schools System: the New Zealand Experience and Challenges Book chapter Education leadership practices School governance and management
2010 NZCER 2010 Primary & Intermediate Schools National Survey Research report Longitudinal projects
2010 Principal vacancies and appointments 2008-9 Research report Longitudinal projects
2009 Competent Learners on the Edge of Adulthood: A summary of key findings from the Competent Learners @ 16 project Research report Families and communities Longitudinal projects
2009 School resources, culture and connections: NZCER National Survey Thematic Report Research report Families and communities Longitudinal projects School governance and management
2008 Locality-based evaluation of Pathways to the Future—Ngā Huarahi Arataki: Stage 1 baseline report Research report
2008 Outcomes of early childhood education: Literature review Literature review
2007 Can we improve our school governance? Journal article Longitudinal projects School governance and management
2007 Competent Learners @ 16: Competency levels and development over time Research report Families and communities Longitudinal projects
2007 Continuing contribution of early childhood education to young people's competency levels Research report Families and communities Longitudinal projects
2007 Hawke's Bay primary and intermediate schools' incidence of severe behaviour: 2007 Research report
2007 School governance in New Zealand - How is it working? Research report
2007 School planning and reporting in action: The early years of the new framework Research report Implementing New Zealand Curriculum
2007 Snapshot of New Zealand primary schools in 2007 - some key findings from the NZCER national survey Research report
2007 What can New Zealand learn from Edmonton? Occasional paper
2006 Competencies at age 14 and competency development for the Competent Children, Competent Learners study sample Research report Families and communities Longitudinal projects
2006 Completely different or a bigger version? Experiences and effects of the transition to secondary school: Evidence from the Competent Children, Competent Learners project Research report Families and communities Longitudinal projects
2006 Contributions of early childhood education to age-14 performance: Evidence from the longitudinal Competent Children, Competent Learners study Research report Families and communities Longitudinal projects
2006 Evaluation of initial uses and impact of Equity Funding Research report Māori and education Policy
2006 Growing independence : A summary of key findings from the Competent Learners @14 project Research report
2006 Growing Independence: Competent Learners @ 14 Research report Student engagement
2006 Making the most of research in policy making Conference paper
2006 What is the reality of school competition? Research report
2006 What is the reality of school competition? Conference paper
2006 What matters in the transition to secondary level? Results from NZCER longitudinal research Journal article
2005 An increasing tightness - pressure points for schools’ financial management Research report Education leadership practices
2005 Gender and academic promotion: a case study of Massey University Research report Education leadership practices School governance and management
2005 Leisure activities and adolescent engagement in school learning Conference paper
2005 Stress and well-being among New Zealand principals: Report to the New Zealand Principals' Federation Research report School governance and management
2004 Competent children at 12 Research report Families and communities Longitudinal projects
2004 Evaluation of the introductory professional development programme for teacher aides/kaiāwhina: Supporting teachers of students with special education needs Research report
2004 How do effective schools manage their finances? Research report
2004 Te rerenga ā te pīrere: a longitudinal study of kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa Māori students - Phase I Report Research report
2004 Twelve Years Old and Competent Book Longitudinal projects
2004 Whaia te iti Kahurangi: NZCER evaluation: 2004 Research report
2003 Beating the odds: Factors which can make a difference for New Zealand children in low-income homes Conference paper Longitudinal projects Student engagement
2003 Long-term contribution of early childhood education to children's performance - evidence from New Zealand Journal article
2003 Longitudinal research - the Competent Children project Book chapter
2003 Status of educational research in New Zealand: New Zealand country report Conference paper
2003 Sustaining school development in a decentralised system: Lessons from New Zealand Conference paper
2003 Te Hiringa i Te Mahara: The power of the mind: Evaluation report Research report
2002 Local and systemic roles of school trustees Conference paper
2002 Meeting individual educational needs: Legal identification, or systemic support? Occasional paper
2002 Meeting individual educational needs: Legal identification, or systemic support? Journal article Policy
2002 NZPF 2001 transience survey: NZCER analysis check Research report
2002 Sustaining school improvement : Ten primary schools' journeys Research report
2002 Sustaining school improvement: ten primary schools' journeys: A summary Research report
2002 What's needed to support and sustain good teaching? Conference paper
2002 What's needed to support and sustain good teaching? Conference paper
2001 Competent children at 10: Families, early education, and schools Research report Families and communities Longitudinal projects
2001 Competent children: Findings and issues from the first 7 years Conference paper Families and communities Longitudinal projects
2001 Early childhood education: An enduring legacy Journal article
2001 Early childhood education: an enduring legacy Journal article Longitudinal projects
2001 Effects for Māori of bulk funding, a literature review Literature review Māori and education Policy School governance and management
2001 Making sense: relations between literacy, television and computer use Conference paper
2001 Ten years old and competent: The fourth stage of the Competent Children project - a summary of the main findings Book
2000 New Zealand - innovation and tensions in a devolved education system Book chapter
2000 Picking up the pieces - review of special education 2000 Research report
2000 Trends in feminisation of the teaching profession in OECD countries 1980-1995 Research report
1999 Competent children at 8: Families, early education, and schools Research report Families and communities Longitudinal projects
1999 Education vouchers: The research evidence Journal article Policy
1999 Eight years old and competent: The third stage of the Competent Children project - a summary of the main findings Book Families and communities Longitudinal projects
1999 Key aspects of school quality Occasional paper
1999 Options in choosing a school Occasional paper
1999 Ten years on: How schools view educational reform Research report
1998 Can vouchers deliver better education? A review of the literature, with special reference to New Zealand Literature review Policy
1998 Competent children at 6: Families, early education, and schools Research report Families and communities Longitudinal projects
1998 Educational vouchers: The research evidence Journal article Policy
1998 Is the land of the flightless bird the home of the voucherless voucher? Journal article
1998 Six years old and competent Book Longitudinal projects