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Rosemary (Rose) is a Chief Researcher at NZCER. She leads NZCER’s work related to how the key competencies in the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) are understood and enacted. Exploratory studies have particular appeal for Rose because of their potential to influence practice in positive ways. With three other NZCER researchers she recently completed a book called Key Competencies for the Future, published by NZCER Press.
With Bronwen Cowie from the University of Waikato, Rose co-led the three-year Curriculum Implementation Exploratory Studies (CIES) project for the Ministry of Education. Rose and Bronwen also co-led the follow-up Key Competencies and Effective Pedagogy project. This project developed professional learning materials designed to deepen thinking about how to embed key competencies into the eight NZC curriculum learning areas. Rose has a specific focus on secondary education, including how NCEA-related assessment practices have developed over time. She has written a series of reports based on NCEA-related responses to the National Survey of Secondary Schools. Her most recent report in this series brings together insights from the first decade of NCEA and the NZC exploratory work.
She has recently written a book about NCEA, co-authored with Mark Sheehan and Michael Johnson from Victoria University. Rose is a member of NZCER’s science education team. The team’s recent work has explored ways that the "nature of science" (NOS) could change what teachers and students do rather than adding new and different curriculum content. This work intersects with the more generic key competencies research. The science education team recently developed the concept of science capabilities to integrate KCs, NOS and science content. Illustrative curriculum support materials are available now on Science Online. Rose has served on advisory groups for the development of NZC and the NCEA Standards Review. She enjoys working with leadership groups, including expert teacher panels, and is a frequent speaker at education conferences and regional meetings. Rose has also presented New Zealand's experiences of implementation of key competencies at a number of international conferences. Rose holds a PhD from Deakin University, Melbourne.