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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.
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."
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.
How enduring philosphical ideas can help us make sense of contemporary educational issues.
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.
An innovative pedagogy that will draw out your students’ imagination, engage them, and motivate literacy learning.
Arts integration is a pedagogical approach to teaching and learning that employs arts activities to teach concepts where the focus is on another subject area. The process of arts integration means that students are engaged in doing, making, problem-solving, working collaboratively, and enjoying a voyage of discovery. When working collaboratively the results are seen through engaged students and creative outcomes. In this manner students learn about themselves and others and when working creatively, there are generally no right or wrong answers. This allows students the space to develop confidence and communication skills. When actively involved in making and doing, students retain knowledge. They make decisions, and through problem solving, draw on multiple intelligences to create their own meanings.
It is not necessary for the teacher to be an arts expert. There is no focus on performance or product from an arts perspective, but rather on using arts processes in order to engage students in their learning. The processes are simple and easy to follow through detailed lesson plans.
The lessons are fun but not “for fun”, as there is a serious learning intention behind each of them. To provide guidance, each lesson is matched against subject achievement levels, but it is up to each individual teacher to choose lessons that best suit their classroom. It is hoped that teachers will take the lessons as a starting point, and once comfortable and confident, create their own arts integration lessons.
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.
- 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:
- phonemic knowledge
- guessing from context
- morphemic analysis
- dictionary use.
Natalie Kirton is a literacy co-ordinator and facilitator with TEAM Solutions at the Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.