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Author(s): Cedric Croft
Publication type: Conference paper

The paper outlines the range of English resources now in the ARBs and discusses their school-based uses. The particular advantages of the ARBs for school-based assessment and future areas of development within the English banks are also considered.

Paper presented at the 27th annual conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA), Rio de Janeiro, 6-11 May 2001.

9 June 2011
Author(s): Anna Chalmers
Publication type: Conference paper

There is much that tertiary institutions can usefully do to assist secondary school students' awareness and understanding of current options and possibilities for study and careers. Here are some pointers.

Paper presented at IIR conference on Marketing Education, Auckland, 27 June 2001.

9 June 2011
Author(s): Cathy Wylie
Publication type: Conference paper

This paper uses analysis from the longitudinal Competent Children/Learners project that shows substantial television use at earlier ages can weaken children's literacy development at age 10.

It explores the reasons why this might be so in terms of the patterns of children's time use, and research on the visual nature of television and the language and narrative forms it uses. Relations between age-10 children's current and previous use of computers and their reading comprehension levels was less marked.

9 June 2011
Techno magic - whizz or fizz?: The relationship between writing mode, editing process, and writing product
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Publication type: Research report

This report details the findings from a two-stage multi-method study which focused on the editing skills, processes, and tools used by 96 students, at three year levels, from two schools, and how these impacted on their writing. The student data were analysed by writing mode (computer or pencil), gender, literacy level (high or low), and year level (Year 3/4, 5, or 7).

The main findings from this study were that:

8 June 2011
Author(s): Cathy Wylie and Margaret Wilkie
Publication type: Literature review

This review looks at the evidence from studies of the various trials and bulk funding schemes for schools in New Zealand, and the impact of New Zealand's decentralisation reforms, to gauge the likely impact for Māori of bulk funding of schools.

8 June 2011
Author(s): Robyn Baker
Publication type: Occasional paper

A background paper that reviews the national and international literature on councils such as the one proposed in the Education Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2001

7 June 2011
Author(s): Sally Boyd
Publication type: Conference paper

This paper summarises the information gained from a review of the literature surrounding the evaluation of technology-rich initiatives in the compulsory schools sector in New Zealand and overseas.

Paper presented at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) conference, Christchurch, 6-9 December 2001.

3 June 2011
Author(s): Alex Neill
Publication type: Conference paper

This paper looks at various definitions of numeracy, ranging from dictionary definitions to a literature search. General patterns of these definitions are explored and common themes identified. The place of numeracy in the New Zealand curriculum is outlined both in the Curriculum Framework, where it is described as an essential skill, and in the individual Curriculum Statements. A brief discussion of numeracy and "street-wise maths" is given.

3 June 2011
Author(s): Cathy Wylie
Publication type: Conference paper

This paper provides an overview of the first seven years of the Competent Children study.

It covers the origins and purpose of the study, the nature of the sample data, and some of the findings and insights which have emerged.

The paper also uses these factors to explore the value of taking a longitudinal approach to social research

Paper presented at the Ministry of Social Policy seminar, The Long Road to Knowledge: longitudinal research and social policy, Wellington, 6-7 April 2001.

3 June 2011
Author(s): Robyn Baker
Publication type: Conference paper

This paper uses the assessment and qualification reforms in the senior secondary school as a case study of change. To provide the context of the paper the first section presents an overview of the New Zealand secondary school sector and the educational reforms of the 1990s. This is followed by a brief outline of the ideas that led to the development of the National Qualifications Framework NQF; a description of NQF; and a review of the associated development of assessment regimes for senior secondary school qualifications.

3 June 2011

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