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Innovative pathways from school: The case studies: Phase 1 report, 2002
Author(s): Sally Boyd, Sue McDowall, and Garrick Cooper
Publication type: Research report

This report describes the unique programmes that have been developed in seven low decile secondary schools to help students to gain qualifications and to experience successful transitions from school.

The Innovative Pathways study is a three-phase research project. It examines non-conventional Year 12 and 13 programmes at seven schools which are viewed as being successful in assessing "at risk" students in their transition from school to the workforce or further education and training.

2 June 2011
Author(s): Cedric Croft and Karen Dunn
Publication type: Research report

This report is the second evaluation of the Books in Homes scheme, which encourages reading by giving books to school children. The scheme is an initiative to improve the literacy skills, reading habits, and general familiarity with print, of children in decile 1-3 schools.

The project was based on a stratified sample of 40 decile 1 schools. It assesses Year 5 students' reading performance and analyses responses to questionnaires from students, teachers and principals.

2 June 2011
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins, Wendy Stockwell, Rachel Bolstad and Robyn Baker
Publication type: Research report

Report on an investigation into what the public thinks, knows, and feels about science.

The research involved a telephone survey of 800 members of the New Zealand public, and small-scale focus group discussions with four different groups.

The research identified six sectors of New Zealand society, each with a different profile of attitudes towards and beliefs about science. These sectors showed many similarities to the sectors that were found in similar recent UK research.

1 June 2011
Early Childhood Education for a Democratic Society: Conference Proceedings, 2001
Author(s): Bev Webber and Linda Mitchell (Eds.)
Publication type: Conference proceedings

An emerging influence in early childhood education policy and practice is a focus on the rights and perspective of the child.

This 2001 NZCER conference explored the role of early childhood services in fostering competent children, active in their own contribution to society, and engaged in settings that are inclusive of all children and their families. An emphasis was on the implications for policy, practice, and research, considered alongside the long-term strategic plan for early childhood education.

13 June 2011
Ten years old and competent: The fourth stage of the Competent Children project - a summary of the main findings
Author(s): Cathy Wylie
Publication type: Book

The first three stages of the Competent Children research project looked at the study children at ages 5, 6, and 8. This next stage measures their performance at age 10 when they were in their fifth school year.

Because the study has followed the children over five years it has been possible to look at the relationships of earlier experiences and resources to children's current competency levels.

13 June 2011
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Publication type: Journal article

The Assessment Resource Banks (ARBs) are computerised banks of assessment material that are available on the Internet.  They are linked to the current New Zealand curriculum statements in mathematics, science, and English.  This paper introduces the ARBs.  It is followed by a description of the diagnostic potential of the ARBs.  The final part is an interactive discussion of the diagnostic dimension of a selection of resources from the mathematics ARB.

The full journal article is published in:
Mathematics magazine, 38 (1), May 2001. p. 29-38

10 June 2011
Author(s): Cedric Croft
Publication type: Journal article

The Assessment Resource Banks (ARBs) in English, mathematics, and science have been designed to reflect current New Zealand curriculum statements and provide schools with an ever-increasing range of valid and reliable assessment material.  They are available on the Internet and are now established as the main source of school-based assessment material for New Zealand schools. 

10 June 2011
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins
Publication type: Journal article

Descriptive content - the 'what' of science - has become the neglected component of science education, to the detriment of many learners' ability to link science theories to their direct experience of the natural world. 

10 June 2011
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Publication type: Journal article

This article argues that the rights of childen should be at the heart of early childhood education policy development.  It describes the free market framework inherited by the current government, highlights inequalities for children in income and participation in early childhood education, and describes policy initiatives.  These are analysed against yardsticks for effective government policy for children. 

10 June 2011
Author(s): Karen Vaughan
Publication type: Journal article

In December 2001, Auckland Metropolitan College (Metro), the only state-funded alternative secondary school in New Zealand, closed after eight highly critical ERO reviews in eight years.  Despite support from its own community, other schools, and the Schools Support Programme, Metro closed amidst long-standing confusion over its status and role in the New Zealand education system. 

10 June 2011

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