This longitudinal NZCER project has tracked the development of a group of learners from when they were in early childhood education, through school and into adulthood. Over the years, its findings have been well used in policy and practice.
The final phase of the project returned to the cohort when they were 26. Two reports from this phase are now available (see below), with a third report coming in late 2019.
Latest reports: Competent Learners @ 26
The Competent Learners study has followed a cohort of young New Zealanders from their final months in early childhood education to age 26. Twin reports give valuable insights into the roles of learning, work, health and relationships in their lives. Most were in paid work. Sixty percent were in relationships, and 21% of the women had a child. Friendships were important, and many of their closest friends were from school. Informal activities were more common than formal activities. “We found some differences related to education levels and income in how young people spend their time and what matters to them, but more differences related to gender” said Dr Cathy Wylie, the study leader.
Reports and papers
Listed below are the reports and papers from this study. The project has been funded by the Ministry of Education, and through Te Pae Tawhiti, NZCER’s Government Grant.
Reports from age 5 to age 20 are also released by the Ministry of Education: Competent Children, Competent Learners.