Rachel Bolstad & Ally Bull with Sally Carson, Jane Gilbert, Bill MacIntyre, and Lorraine Spiller
This research aimed to generate evidence-based recommendations for strengthening partnerships between schools and the science community to support students’ science learning and engagement. It was underpinned by a future-oriented perspective, framed by larger questions about the purpose of science education in the context of a rapidly changing 21st-century world.
This report documents views and experiences of NCEA from NZCER's 2012 National Survey of Secondary Schools. Responses from teachers (1266) and principals (177) predominate, but the report also reflects the responses from parents (1477) and trustees (289). Full details of the sample are in the overview report, Secondary schools in 2012.
Jessica Hutchings, Bronwyn Yates, Peter Isaacs, Jenny Whatman, Nicola Bright
Hei Ara Ako ki te Oranga draws on many existing frameworks and writings, and in particular the work of Professor Sir Mason Durie. A series of small group interviews with learners and tutors provided initial data, and the model was refined through wānanga with Māori academics and Māori literacy providers.
The project team developed a draft conceptual model which was piloted by Māori literacy providers.
This report contains the main findings from NZCER's 2012 national survey of secondary schools. The survey draws on responses from more than half the country’s secondary school principals and from hundreds of teachers, parents and members of boards of trustees and was carried out in July and August 2012.
It is part of a national survey series conducted by NZCER since 1989 to track issues and trends across the education system.
Cathy Buntting with Bill MacIntyre, Garry Falloon, Graeme Cosslett and Mike Forret
This report explores innovative possibilities for e-in-science practice to enhance teacher capability and increase student engagement and achievement. It provides insights into how e-learning might be harnessed to help create a future-oriented science education programme and puts forward a possible framework.
The report draws on four focus groups and two case studies. It is part of a Ministry of Education project investigating e-learning in science education (e-in-science). The project is one of three strands in a larger programme of work.
It’s a big deal to become an apprentice. You’ve decided you’d like to get trade qualified and your boss thinks you’re worth the time and effort. That’s why they signed you into a training agreement. While on the surface things might seem a little overwhelming, it’s not out of control. In fact it’s really under your control. So now is a good time for you to take charge of your apprenticeship because let’s face it – it’s your apprenticeship, your qualification and your career!
This report discusses findings from the Transforming Industry-Led Assessment of On-Job Learning project. The project has been a collaboration between the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) and the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), funded by Ako Aotearoa. The project’s aim was to shed more light on systems of on-job assessment generally by focusing on one ITO specifically—the BCITO—and its improvements in organisational capability in order to improve outcomes for learners.
The report presents the findings of a research project which asked whānau about the issues they wanted to see addressed in Māori education. The summary contains the key messages from the project, the methodology and an overview of the comments from whanau made during kōrero ā-whānau and wānanga.
School science, the ‘smart’ economy, ‘networked’ science and ‘wicked’ problems: Is there a connection? Should there be? In this article, in keeping with the theme of this issue of NZ Science Teacher, I look at one of the four pressure areas I listed: changes to the work of being a scientist (and to the world of work generally).
At the heart of all new programmes, initiatives, policies or curriculum documents designed for school settings is an attempt to change some aspect of school practice. Therefore, an understanding of the key messages and lessons learnt about effectively managing change in schools is important background for anyone trying to implement new approaches in school settings.
This report is concerned with the key transition support system of school-based career education. We argue that long-standing deficiencies in career education require a new framework to address young people’s needs. We discuss exploratory research with two schools on how career management competencies can be put into practice to provide this new framework. We suggest that career management competencies have the potential to be a transformative “core service” in career education.
This paper is an initial exploration of the integration of work and learning and is intended to inform NZCER's Learning at Work research programme. It shows how the traditional separation between work and learning is being challenged and looks at what that means for education professionals, institutions and programmes. The paper considers the major formal learning spaces and how they broadly map to models of integration with particular drivers for learning, theories of learning and favoured pedagogical approaches.
This report discusses the impact of NCEA on schools' and teachers' thinking about curriculum. It was funded from NZCER's purchase agreement with the Ministry of Education and is intended to draw on and contribute to NZCER's ongoing NCEA-related research. It explores how innovative teachers and schools think about and enact curriculum change enabled by NCEA.
This working paper was written as part of a 2010-11 project called Changing Minds, which was funded by NZCER's purchase agreement. The paper discusses NZCER’s research in the broad area of future-focused public and community engagement with education. It questions our role as researchers, asking whether we should be in the business of knowledge building, or using our research knowledge to actively support and sustain change. In the past we have done a bit of both, with varying degrees of success.
This paper places two decades of science curriculum reform in New Zealand in the context of international debate about the “nature of science” (NOS) as a driver of change. It outlines the sort of changes that the NOS focus was expected to deliver, why they were seen as a good idea and the challenges encountered in other countries. It then comes back to the New Zealand experience, tracing the development of the science learning area in the New Zealand Curriculum. The paper poses questions about what needs to happen next in science curriculum development.