This longitudinal NZCER project has tracked the development of a group of learners from when they were in early childhood education, through school and into adulthood. Over the years, its findings have been well used in policy and practice.
The project participants are now around 25 years old, and we are currently asking them about their learning in study and work and other activities, their work experiences, and about other aspects of their lives. This will provide a useful picture of:
- learning approaches in general, and learning opportunities in different kinds of work for 25 year olds
- the learning and work pathways that diverse people have taken since their earlier school and home experiences and interests
- how the different aspects of 25-year-old lives fit together
- how science subjects at school or in tertiary institutions translate into work opportunities and experiences
- how those who have not followed a straightforward path from schooling are faring in today’s world.
This project is currently funded through NZCER’s Government Grant. We will report on the age-25 phase of the project during 2016.
Former NZCER senior researcher Ally Bull has drawn on the age-25 data in a series of blogs discussing the place of science in a future-focused school curriculum. You can read them here.
Reports and papers
Listed below are the many reports and papers from this study.
View additional reports that have been released by the Ministry of Education: Competent Children, Competent Learners.
Project funded by the Ministry of Education and by the Purchase Agreement with the Ministry of Education