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Rachel Bolstad

Rachel is a Senior Researcher at NZCER. Her work in education research is driven by an endless curiosity about the world and a strong commitment to better educational experiences and outcomes for all learners, as well as teachers, families, and communities. She enjoys working in teams and drawing inspiration and influence from a wide range of fields, in particular the creative arts. Her research interests include: - future-oriented education - young people's views and experiences of schooling - environmental education/education for sustainability - school-based curriculum development and innovation - science education - education for enterprise - the role and potential of digital technologies in education - and most recently, digital and old-school game development approaches. Rachel constantly strives to develop her own, and other people's thinking about education, why it matters, and how our learning and teaching systems may need to change to match the opportunities and demands of a changing world. 

Research themes I am interested in

Theme Theme contact person(s)
Information and communication technologies Rachel Bolstad
Public understanding of education Ally Bull Rachel Bolstad
Student engagement Ally Bull Charles Darr

Research outputs

Year published Title Publication type Category
2014 Curriculum for the Future Professional learning resource Professional learning Schooling for the future
2014 Editorial Journal article Schooling for the future
2014 Key Competencies for the Future Book Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies
2013 e-in-science: Future-oriented science learning Research report Schooling for the future Science education
2013 Measuring New Zealand students' international capabilities: An exploratory study Research report
2013 Strengthening engagements between schools and the science community Research report Curriculum and assessment Families and communities Science education
2012 Participating and contributing? The role of school and community in supporting civic and citizenship education Research report Schooling for the future
2012 Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching - a New Zealand perspective Research report Public understanding of education Schooling for the future
2012 What role might research play in supporting future-oriented community engagement with education? Working paper Public understanding of education Families and communities
2011 Editorial Journal article
2011 From "student voice" to "youth–adult partnership" Journal article Families and communities Student engagement
2011 From "student voice" to "youth–adult partnerships": lessons from working with young people as partners for educational change Research report Families and communities Student engagement
2011 Principles for a future-oriented education system Journal article Schooling for the future
2011 Taking a "future focus" in education—what does it mean? Working paper Schooling for the future
2011 The contributions of learning in the arts. Part 1: A review of the literature Research report Curriculum and assessment
2011 The contributions of learning in the arts. Part 2: A synthesis Research report Schooling for the future
2011 The contributions of learning in the arts: Summary brochure Research summary Schooling for the future
2010 Better than a professional? Students as co-contributors to educational design Research report Schooling for the future Families and communities Student engagement
2010 LEOTC Provider Trends, Issues, and Themes Research report
2010 The impact of Futureintech Research summary Careers and transition Science education
2010 Virtual classrooms: Lessons for teaching and learning in the 21st century Journal article Information and communication technologies Schooling for the future
2009 Education and enterprise: Learning at the interface Research report Schooling for the future Families and communities Student engagement
2009 Education for Enterprise (E4E) 2008 surveys Research report
2009 How can schools foster and support e-learning and virtual learning? Professional learning resource Information and communication technologies
2009 NZCER evaluation of the Regional Education for Enterprise (E4E) Clusters Research report
2009 Organising for Emergence Research report
2009 Students’ experiences of learning in virtual classrooms Research report
2008 A possible future? Senior secondary education in the year 2030 Journal article Schooling for the future
2008 Disciplining and Drafting, or 21st Century Learning? Rethinking the New Zealand Senior Secondary Curriculum for the Future Book School governance and management Schooling for the future
2008 Education for Enterprise (E4E) 2007 surveys Research report Schooling for the future
2008 Seeing yourself in science Research report Science education
2007 Education for enterprise (E4E) research summaries Research summary Schooling for the future
2007 Key Competencies: The Journey Begins discussion kit Key Competencies
2006 Creating digital age learners through school ICT projects: What can the Tech Angels project teach us? Research report Information and communication technologies
2006 Evaluation of the Northland Enterprising Teachers (NET) initiative: final report Research report
2006 Questions for a twenty-first century senior secondary curriculum Journal article Curriculum and assessment Policy Schooling for the future
2006 Staying in Science 2 : Transition to tertiary study from the perspectives of New Zealand Year 13 science students Research report Science education
2006 Who should decide the curriculum? Journal article Curriculum and assessment
2006 Zooming in on learning in the digital age (ZILDA): Report 1: Zooming in on 'digital' age learners Research report Information and communication technologies Schooling for the future Student engagement
2006 Zooming in on Learning in the Digital Age: A Literature Review Literature review Information and communication technologies School governance and management
2005 Digital opportunities pilot project (2001-2003): Evaluation of Notebook Valley Research report Information and communication technologies
2005 Planning and managing change: Messages from the Curriculum Innovation Projects Research report Curriculum and assessment
2005 School-based curriculum development: is it coming back into fashion? Journal article Curriculum and assessment Policy School governance and management
2005 Students as lifelong learners: Reflections on student data from the evaluation of the Curriculum Innovations Projects Conference paper Key Competencies
2005 Time for critical thinking in secondary science? Conference paper Science education
2005 Time for critical thinking in secondary science? Conference paper Science education
2004 Environmental education in New Zealand schools: Research into current practice and future possibilities Research report Schooling for the future Science education
2004 Environmental education: A place in the curriculum? Journal article Schooling for the future Science education
2004 Evaluation of the 'Time for critical thought' resource Research report Science education
2004 Evaluation of the practice of environmental education in New Zealand schools Conference paper
2004 Role and potential of ICT in early childhood education: A review of New Zealand and international literature Literature review
2004 Role of partnerships in environmental education in New Zealand schools Conference paper
2004 School-Based Curriculum Development: Principles, Processes, and Practices Literature review
2004 School-Based Curriculum Development: Principles, Processes, and Practices Book Curriculum and assessment Implementing New Zealand Curriculum School governance and management
2004 School-based curriculum development: Redefining the term for New Zealand schools today and tomorrow Conference paper
2004 Where are your science students going (and how can you help them get there)? Journal article
2003 Environmental education for secondary students Journal article Schooling for the future Student engagement
2003 Environmental education: Roots in the past, visions of the future, opportunities in the present Journal article Schooling for the future Student engagement
2003 Evaluation of the Business of Science initiative: Final research report Research report Science education
2003 Te Hiringa i Te Mahara: The power of the mind: Evaluation report Research report
2002 Building a “vocabulary of experiences”: Supporting children’s learning in science centres Journal article Science education
2002 Commonsense, trust and science: How patterns of beliefs and attitudes to science pose challenges for effective communication Research report Science education
2002 Curriculum, Learning and Effective Pedagogy: a literature review in science education Literature review Science education
Teaching the 'nature of science': Modest adaptations or radical reconceptions? Journal article Science education