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A focus on opportunities to learn and student engagement

Rachel Dingle with Sally Boyd

This paper focuses on the use of two tools developed to assist schools to explore changes in teaching practice and design new approaches to learning.

A draft version of the New Zealand Curriculum was released for consultation in 2006. At this time the leaders of a group of "normal" schools (schools that are leading providers of practicum opportunities for students in initial teacher education) approached the New Zealand Council for Educational Research to help them design a process to explore the key competencies, and to subsequently investigate learning opportunities and approaches that supported students to build the key competencies. Different schools tried different approaches and explored the tensions and challenges of aligning to the intent of the key competencies.

Paper presented at the AARE International Research Conference - A Capital Idea!, Canberra, Australia, 29 November-3 December 2009.

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