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Author(s): Anne Meade, Pamela Cubey
  • What are schemas and how can they be used to enhance learning?
  • How can adults best support schema learning to extend children’s thinking?

This vastly expanded new edition of Thinking Children explores the frequently observed schemas of young children–patterns of behaviour from which understanding and growth is derived–and draws out the nature of this learning.

It is essential that adults working with young children are able to recognise and identify schema learning and understand and support the opportunities for learning they present. Good observational skills are a key element and the book features a Child Observation Schedule.

Rich with case studies and examples, the authors provide an accessible insight into:

  • the theory behind schemas and memory development
  • curriculum and pedagogy
  • supporting schema learning
  • schemas an early literacy

They show how schema learning is enhanced when children can choose what they play with, and for how long, in a varied play environment.

Thinking Children will help you feel more confident and knowledgeable about extending schema learning, whether you are a student on a course in early childhood education or whether you are a more experienced practitioner in an early years setting.

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Author(s): Diane Dunkin, Pamela Hanna

The early childhood education sector has become increasingly aware that providing quality early childhood experiences to foster young children's learning and development involves more than simply offering a programme and an environment to operate in. Quality interactions between adults and children are a key factor in promoting learning.

Thinking Together discusses the key aspects of quality adult:child interactions, using many examples drawn from actual observation.

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Author(s): Agnes McFarland rāua ko Taiarahia Black

This is the third book in a series of essay collections written in te reo Māori and edited by Agnes McFarland and Taiarahia Black. "Ko te kaupapa o te whare tīpuna me te marae, he pupuri i ngā kōrero tuku iho a te iwi mai anō i ngā tīpuna. He wāhi hai wānanga tahi i ngā kaupapa."

Author(s): Mere Berryman, Ted Glynn

This book describes the outcomes of effective whānau (immediate and extended family), kura (school), student, and researcher collaboration used to help highly competent Māori immersion students, in their transition to a bilingual secondary school. A collaborative story gathered from participants at the end of the programme, together with the process and outcome data, strongly support the successful outcomes of this "participant-driven" programme.

This remarkable story provides both a model and inspiration for other initiatives which involve school, students, and the community.

Mere Berryman, Ngāi Tuhoe, has vast experience as a teacher and has worked for the past ten years as a researcher in special education with the Ministry of Education GSE Poutama Pounamu Education Research and Development Centre at Tauranga, which she also manages.

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Author(s): Edited by Jennifer Tatebe and Carol Mutch

How enduring philosphical ideas can help us make sense of contemporary educational issues. 

Author(s): Elizabeth McKinley and Irena Madjar

Explains in plain language just how NCEA works – everything from standards, levels and credits to subject choice. This second edition is essential reading for all secondary school students and their parents.

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Author(s): Trish Wells and Susan Sandretto

An innovative pedagogy that will draw out your students’ imagination, engage them, and motivate literacy learning.

Author(s): Cathy Wylie

What was the real effect of the radical Tomorrow’s Schools reforms? Has New Zealand’s school system improved as a result? What changes are needed now to meet our expectations of schools?

This is the definitive and compelling story of New Zealand school self management over more than two decades. Cathy Wylie explores the paths taken and the growing tensions of a system that left too much to chance.

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Author(s): Natalie Kirton
  • What is vocabulary?
  • How is it acquired?
  • What does it mean to “know” a word?
  • What are the roles of incidental learning and explicit teaching?

These and many other questions are addressed in this literature review.

There are several suggestions for teaching vocabulary leading to independent use of vocabulary strategies.  Four key strategies are described:

  1. phonemic knowledge
  2. guessing from context
  3. morphemic analysis
  4. dictionary use.

Natalie Kirton is a literacy co-ordinator and facilitator with TEAM Solutions at the Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland.

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Author(s): Melinda Webber

What does being a New Zealander mean in contemporary times? And what does it mean to be a person of mixed Māori/Pākehā descent? How do people identify within this dual heritage? How can they establish a sense of belonging in both ethnic groups? New Zealand today is a hybrid nation, and becoming more so. At least one in ten of us now identifies with more than one ethnic group. This book aims to provide insights and understandings about the challenges, issues, and benefits associated with being of mixed descent.

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Author(s): Helen Timperley, Judy Parr

Every school leader and teacher knows that the challenges of change are constant and ongoing. Expectations have risen. Weaving Evidence, Inquiry and Standards to Build Better Schools is based on the authors’ involvement in research and development projects that have successfully accelerated students’ learning and achievement throughout the country. All the authors work closely with schools and know what it takes to tackle the tough problems involved in leading, teaching and learning. The book presents sets of principles and practical suggestions to guide schooling improvement efforts with a useful continuum of progression for use in professional development. Mostly, it will provoke thinking, talking and action by all those engaged in building better schools.

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Author(s): Joce Nuttall

Out now

Edited by Joce Nuttall

 The only volume to bring together New Zealand and international commentary on the history, implementation, and influence of Aotearoa New Zealand’s groundbreaking early childhood curriculum framework. This new edition contains substantial updates of the chapters in the first edition, plus four new chapters: on Pasifika perspectives, working with infants and toddlers, transition to school, and perspectives on play. Authors from New Zealand, Australia, Denmark and the United Kingdom offer their analysis of Te Whariki in ways that will be accessible to student teachers, early childhood educators, academics, and policy makers alike.

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Author(s): Jannie van Hees, Paul Nation

This book is written for teachers of young children aged from 5 to 12 years in primary schools who want to support students’ English vocabulary. 

Author(s): Huhana Hickey, Jill Bevan-Brown, Kirsten Smiler and Tai Walker, Mere Berryman, Sonja Macfarlane

Winner, Best Resource in Higher Education, 2015 CLNZ Education Award

Finalist, Kōrero Pono / Non Fiction, Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards 2016

Who are Māori children with special education needs? Why would working with them be any different to working with other children with special education needs? Why is this a highly important job—he mahi whakahirahira? This book provides essential information for those striving to provide culturally responsive, effective education for Māori children.

Working with Māori Children with Special Education Needs emphasises the importance of learning from the past and listening to Māori children, their parents and wider whānau. It explores the key components of culturally responsive, evidence-based, special education practice; it describes holistic and inclusive responses to educating all tamariki, especially those with identified special education needs; and it discusses a paradigm for Māori disability identity—whānau hauā.

This book also features specific categorial studies, outlining Māori concepts and advising professionals. The studies explore the needs of deaf children and their whānau; outline general, educational and cultural barriers for Māori who are vision impaired or blind; and discuss physical disability, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and giftedness from a Māori perspective. This book then considers ways that teachers and whānau can capitalise on their respective strengths and knowledge in order to take joint responsibility for students’ learning and behaviour.

Each chapter includes study questions.

ISBN: 978-1-927231-43-2

Author(s): Tom Nicholson and Susan Dymock

This two-volume book is about goal setting, making plans to write, the skills of writing, and the joys of writing—more or less in that sequence.