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A number of NZCER staff contribute to our blogs and we link to and draw on external expertise. We hope it is a useful source of information, ideas and support about NZCER's work and wider educational and assessment issues. We welcome your questions and comments.

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By Rachel Bolstad

Not all Games for learning teachers started out as gamers.  Today we're going to look at another trajectory followed by some of the game-using teachers in our study: The play-based learning advocates. 

Date posted: 15 September 2016

When I reflect on educational aims at the school level, I think of the key competencies in the curriculum (Ministry of Education, 2007).

Date posted: 8 September 2016

By Rose Hipkins

Read rest of post: PISA and the progress question
Date posted: 31 August 2016

By Elliot Lawes

Meet Bob. Bob is a floating eyeball with a hard luck story he's dying to tell you. Are you willing to listen?

Read rest of post: Meet Bob
Date posted: 29 August 2016

Thank you for coming back to our science blog. You get a tag-team handover this week - I am Rose Hipkins and I’m picking up from my colleague Ally Bull. My plan is to build on her thoughts and questions while turning the focus to an issue that I know is worrying a lot of teachers right now.

Date posted: 24 August 2016

This is the focus of A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara – the national strategic plan for science in society. So to what extent does science learning at school support this goal? Before we can answer that we need to be clear about what supports the development of innovators.

Date posted: 12 August 2016