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Author(s): Ally Bull
Publication type: Conference presentation

This was the keynote presentation given by NZCER senior researcher Ally Bull at the NZCER conference, Building future-oriented science education in Aotearoa New Zealand, held in Wellington on 21 October 2014.  Science for citizenship is the goal for science in t he New Zealand Curriculum. Ally looked at how well we are doing and where the challenges and disparities lie.

30 October 2014
Author(s): Jane Gilbert and Ally Bull
Publication type: Working paper

This working paper sets out some of the early findings from a pilot project to explore the qualities that future-oriented teachers might need and how those qualities might be developed. The work began under an NZCER project called Back to the Future and is now part of a TLRI-funded project called On the Edge: Shifting Teachers' Paradigms for the Future.

22 August 2014
Author(s): Sally Boyd, Rachel Dingle, and Nicole Herdina
Publication type: Research report

This report presents indicative findings from the first phase of NZCER's  evaluation of Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L): School-Wide. It describes the extent of implementation of School-Wide in schools, identifies short-term shifts for schools that joined the initiative in 2010 or 2011, and discusses enablers and barrier. The findings suggest that overall, PB4L: School-Wide is well-regarded in participating schools and is linked to a wide range of changes for schools, teachers, and students.

14 August 2014
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins
Publication type: Research report

This is the first report from a new initiative called TLRI Project Plus.  It aims to add value to the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI), which NZCER manages on behalf of the government, by synthesising findings across multiple projects. This report focuses on two projects in statistics education and explores the factors that contributed to their success. 

14 August 2014
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Sue McDowall
Publication type: Professional learning resource

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14 July 2014
Author(s): Jenny Whatman, Marie Cameron, Liesje Stevens, and Lorraine Spiller
Publication type: Research report

This evaluation aims to understand how well the Teach First programme has been implemented and to what extent it has achieved its objectives. It is the first phase of a four-year independent evaluation commissioned by the Ministry of Education.

26 June 2014
Author(s): Cathy Wylie and Melanie Berg
Publication type: Research report

This report explores the achievement of school leavers from state and state-integrated boys' schools. The analysis from 2010 to 2012 shows school leavers from state boys’ schools had higher qualifications than their male counterparts who attended state co-educational schools.

The research was carried out for the Association of Boys’ Schools of New Zealand.

10 June 2014
Author(s): Ally Bull
Publication type: Paper

This paper explores the issues around professional learning and development (PLD) for science and makes suggestions for a rethink of PLD approaches to science in primary schools. 

19 May 2014
Author(s): Karen Vaughan, Andrew Kear, Heath MacKenzie
Publication type: Journal article

This article examines a critical incident during research investigating a new assessment system for on-job learning in carpentry. The system was designed to establish clear relationships between supportive learning environments and purposeful, professional assessment of learners’ progress through “naturally occurring evidence” on the building site. However, an unfortunate set of circumstances produced an assessment “perfect storm” for a training advisor’s workplace visit.

17 May 2014
Author(s): Cathy Wylie and Linda Bonne
Publication type: Research report

This report presents the main findings from the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools, conducted in July and August 2013. It reports on the views of principals, teachers, boards of trustees and parents. It covers many aspects of school experience, including school resources, school interactions with government agencies, the New Zealand Curriculum in schools, National Standards, student wellbeing, and use of technology.

30 April 2014