Making a place in the world: Experiences of those who took less conventional paths from school is the latest report from the NZCER longitudinal study Competent Learners that has followed young New Zealanders from their final months in early childhood education to age 26. This research aimed to find out how those who leave school early or take less conventional paths from school build their adult lives and find or make their place in the world.
Author(s): Jacky Burgon, Rosemary Hipkins and Edith Hodgen
The latest report from the NZCER national survey series looks at how the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) is being implemented in the country's primary and intermediate schools. The primary school curriculum: Assimilation, adaptation, transformation draws on data from our 2010 survey to explore differences across the sector in terms of progress on curriclum implementation, three years on from the publication of the NZC in 2007. Issues covered in the report include: how confident principals and teachers are with the curriculum, which aspects they view as most important, the professional learning teachers are doing and the challenges of creating a curriculum to meet the learning needs of all students.
This research report is based on interviews with 29 of the 401 young people in the larger Competent Learners @ 20 report. That study
found that many young people have a relatively smooth transition from school to tertiary education. This report focuses on those who experienced a more problematic transition. Some of the students had left school early, while other had experienced unemployment or had become mothers.
This report marks the latest stage in the longitudinal study Competent Learners, which began in 1993. It looks at the pathways taken by 401 of the study participants as they left school and moved into further study, work or other options. It explores the role of school experiences and performance play and looks at what the young people are gaining from current study and employment.