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Author(s): Nicola Bright, Esther Smaill, Sinead Overbye, Kiri Edge
Publication type: Literature review

Te Wāhanga—New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) produced this literature review to support English-medium primary schools that are seeking to strengthen their reo Māori teaching and learning programmes. The report explains why English-medium primary schools should take a strategic approach to teaching and learning te reo Māori. It identifies key issues or kaupapa that schools should consider when adopting such an approach and provides practical evidence-based advice to assist schools as they engage with and respond to these important kaupapa.

15 September 2021
Author(s): Roseanna Bourke, John O’Neill, Sue McDowall, Maria Dacre, Nicole Mincher, Vani Narayanan, Sinead Overbye, and Renee Tuifagalele
Publication type: Research report

The national COVID-19 lockdown during school Term 1 and continuing in Term 2 2020,  provided a unique context to investigate children’s experiences of informal, everyday learning in their household bubble. In Terms 3 and 4, 178 children in Years 4–8 from 10 primary schools agreed to participate in a group art-making activity and an individual interview about their experiences.  

This report documents children’s accounts of the multiple ways in which they negotiated the novel experience of forced confinement over a period of several weeks with family and whānau.  

23 August 2021
Author(s): Cathy Wylie, Cathie Johnston
Publication type: Research report

Around 600 schools have used the free, research-based Teaching, School and Leadership Practices (TSP) survey since it was first offered in  2017.  This brief report is based on interviews with 10 principals who’ve used TSP three years in a row. The report shows the principals find it informs their own development and appraisal, identifies priorities for change, allows them to check trends over time, and whether change was happening at a sustainable pace.

1 August 2021
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Publication type: Commentary

NZCER submitted feedback on the Climate Change Commission's draft advice to the New Zealand Government, released February 2021.

26 June 2021
Author(s): Elliot Lawes, Cathy Wylie, Mohamed Alansari, Melanie Berg, Heleen Visser
Publication type: Research report

NZCER were commissioned by Ministry of Social Development to analyse data from the Growing Up in New Zealand cohort of over 5,000 mothers. We used data from when children were in their final months at an early learning service (ELS), and after their first year at school, to identify variables which were indicative of strong partnerships.

17 June 2021
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad
Publication type: Research summary

Investigating how climate change connects with the places we live, learn, and work can inspire climate solutions based on localised thinking. Connecting culture to place highlights opportunities for culturally-sustaining climate responses. This briefing is part of a series. Other topics include:

11 June 2021
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad
Publication type: Research summary

This briefing discusses education's role in supporting and inspiring learners on career pathways to a low-carbon future. This briefing is part of a series. Other topics include:

11 June 2021
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad
Publication type: Research summary

School leadership, and school-wide approaches, play a key role in effective climate change response. These ideas will also be useful for early learning centres, tertiary education settings, and community learning spaces. This briefing is part of a series. Other topics include:

3 June 2021
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad
Publication type: Research summary

What can schools do about climate change? This briefing provides some starting point suggestions for schools, based on our research into systemic educational response to climate change. These ideas will also be useful for early learning centres, tertiary education settings, and community learning space. This briefing is part of a series. Other topics include:

2 June 2021
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad
Publication type: Research report

How are  secondary schools responding to climate change?

In 2020 we surveyed a sample of English-medium secondary schools to find out how climate change and sustainability feature in classroom teaching and learning, and whole-school practices.

25 November 2020

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