The Beeby Award is a partnership between NZCER and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. The Award, previously known as the Fellowship, was first awarded in 1998. It is named after Dr Clarence Beeby who, in 1934, became the first Director of NZCER, and was Assistant Director-General of UNESCO from 1948-49. The Beeby Award is offered every two years.
The Beeby Award supports development of an innovative learning resource based on high quality research. The Award supports collaboration between research and practice communities so that learners benefit from research findings. The learning resource can be in any format that enables easy use in a range of learning environments, not limited to schools.
The Award is worth $30,000. The recipient/s are expected to devote 3-4 months full-time or equivalent on the Award. The resulting resource is expected to be of high quality and to be published by NZCER Press.
The 2018 Beeby Award
The 2018 Beeby Award has been awarded to mathematics and statistics educator Dr Pip Arnold. Dr Arnold’s winning proposal is for a resource to support statistics teaching and learning in the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
The resource will collate research and best practice from Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally about teaching the statistical concepts that are the building blocks of statistical thinking and reasoning up to Year 11 (curriculum level 6). The funding will support extensive testing in schools.
Dr Arnold has a Doctor of Philosophy in statistics education from the University of Auckland. She has been a secondary teacher, a head of faculty, a secondary mathematics facilitator and a primary mathematics project director. Dr Arnold has been involved in both curriculum and assessment review and development.
The Beeby Fellowship has supported a diverse range of resources over the years it has been offered. The 2016 Fellowship was shared by Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick, an internationally recognised authority in health education from the University of Auckland, and Kat Wells, head of the health and physical education faculty at Lynfield College, Auckland. They produced Mental health education and hauora: teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing.