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These are the proceedings from the Kei Tua o Te Pae hui on the challenges of kaupapa Māori research, held at Pipitea marae on 5–6 May 2011. Compiled by the NZCER Māori research team, Te Wāhanga, it includes all the presentations and panel sessions, as well as a summary of the workshop sessions. Several reflections from hui participants are also included.

Please note: Proceedings from the September 1-2 2012 Kei Tua o te Pae: Changing worlds, changing tikanga - Educating History and the future are currently being finalised.  These will be published in the first half of 2013.

Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Rosemary (Rose) Hipkins MNZM, Sally Boyd, Sue McDowall

How should we educate today’s students so that they will be proactive, confident future-builders in the uncertain times ahead? This book explores that question. The authors used a selection of wicked problems as the basis for the futures-thinking process they used to explore what the key competencies might mean for implementing the New Zealand Curriculum in innovative, future- focused ways.

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Author(s): Margaret Carr and Sally Peters

This resource is designed to answer some common questions asked by teachers about assessing the Key Competencies. It includes a  DVD in which teachers and students talk about their ideas and experiences.

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Author(s): Edited by Pania Te Maro and Robin Averill

Ki te hoe! Education for Aotearoa addresses one of the most pressing questions for educators in Aotearoa New Zealand—how to enact te Tiriti o Waitangi and equitably privilege mātauranga, kaupapa, and tikanga Māori with mātauranga, kaupapa, and tikanga Pākehā. For those asking “how do we do that?”, this pukapuka provides research-based ideas and resources to begin to answer this question across early childhood, primary, and secondary student teachers and teachers, and pre-service and in-service teacher educators.

Author(s): Alex Hotere-Barnes, Jessica Hutchings, Katrina Taupo, Nicola Bright

This report presents the findings of a kaupapa Māori research project called Kia Puāwaitia Ngā Tūmanako: Critical Issues for Whanau in Maori Education. We asked a variety of whānau the question: What sorts of educational research would be of benefit to your children and whānau in education? The aim was to use the whānau responses to refine a Māori-led and whānau-informed research agenda for Te Wāhanga.

For a summary of our findings for Māori medium (i te reo Māori), click here For a summary of our findings across Māori and English mediums (English language), click here.

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Author(s): Paul Whitinui

Editor Paul Whitinui has reached across the disciplines, including education, psychology and health in his search for answers. The writers canvas topics such as the importance of te reo, Māori pedagogies, culturally relevant assessment, teacher education and creating a culture of care. Underpinning it all is a powerful call for recognition of Māori as culturally connected learners.

This book is for researchers, policy makers, school leaders, and Māori communities looking at positive, creative and dynamic ways of improving schooling for Māori students.

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Author(s): Ally Bull, Chris Joyce, Lorraine Spiller, Rosemary (Rose) Hipkins MNZM
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Author(s): Russell Bishop

Russell Bishop presents a model that enables school principals and other school leaders to transform their schools into North-East Learning Institutions

Author(s): Marie Cameron

Teaching can be an exhilarating and exciting career despite, or perhaps because of, a never-ending round of challenges, difficulties and problems to solve. Beginning teachers face new challenges every day. This book points the way for school leaders to help them meet these challenges and encourage them to stay in teaching. New Zealand is no better at keeping new teachers than school systems in the United States, Australia or the United Kingdom. An alarming 37 percent of our new teachers leave teaching within the first three years. This happens although New Zealand has the best funding for teacher induction anywhere in the world.

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Author(s): Heather Lamond, Ken Kilpin, Lisa Emerson

This book examines significant questions related to information literacy learning and student transition to higher education in Aotearoa New Zealand. It investigates important questions for student transition: what does it mean to be information literate in Aotearoa today? What could be the role of the library in our senior secondary schools and tertiary learning environments, and how effectively do we enable student transition to higher education in Aotearoa New Zealand?

Author(s): Patty Towl and Sheryl Hemphill (eds)

Schools work continually to keep students with challenging and difficult behaviour engaged in education. The message of this book is that more can and needs to be done

Author(s): Anne Davies, Mary Hill
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Author(s): Elizabeth McKinley, Irena Madjar

The 2nd edition of the Samoan language translation of our very popular title Understanding NCEA: A relatively short and very useful guide for secondary school students and their parents.

If you are a Year 9 or 10 student, or a parent new to NCEA, this book is for you. It explains in plain language just how NCEA works – everything from standards, levels and credits to subject choice. It includes stories drawn from the real-life experiences of more than 100 students who have navigated various NCEA pathways. This book sets out how to make the best possible subject choices, avoid potential pitfalls and successfully  prepare for further education or training. 

This 2nd edition of the book was made necessary by a number of changes to the NCEA regulations over the past two years, including those related to numeracy and literacy and the University Entrance requirements.

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Author(s): Wharehuia Hemara

Māori Pedagogies reviews literature related to Māori teaching and learning styles.


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Author(s): Robin Averill

ISBN: 978-1-927231-48-7

There is much to celebrate in mathematics and statistics education in Aotearoa New Zealand. The chapters in this book showcase some of our most exciting practice and research, and they are excellent examples of the work happening in New Zealand schools and teacher education.  


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Author(s): Darren Powell, Jean MUasike Allen, Kat Wells, Katie Fitzpatrick, Melinda Webber

This book is an excellent resource for teachers wanting to teach about resilience, mental health, interpersonal skills, and wellbeing.

Author(s): Katie Fitzpatrick. Kat Wells. Melinda Webber. Gillian Tasker. Rachel Riedel

A resource for teachers wanting to teach about resilience, mental health, interpersonal skills, and wellbeing. 

Author(s): Caterina Murphy and Kate Thornton

Mentoring is a fundamental and increasingly important part of professional learning and development for teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand. This book  is the first of its kind: a wide ranging compilation that explores the thinking, pedagogy and practice of mentoring in early childhood education and is a much-needed resource for mentors, leaders and teachers in early childhood education.

Author(s): Cedric Croft

Available 16 May


 Splrs at Wrk takes the broad concept of developmental spelling and translates current and previous research into a form directly accessible to classroom practitioners.