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Measuring New Zealand students' international capabilities: An exploratory study

Rachel Bolstad, Rosemary Hipkins and Liesje Stevens

This exploratory study considers the feasibility of measuring the "international capabilities" of New Zealand students in Years 12-13. The work was done by NZCER for the Ministry of Education and is available on the Education Counts website.

This exploratory study considers the feasibility of measuring New Zealand senior secondary (Years 12/13) students' "international capabilities". Building on background work undertaken by the Ministry's International Division, the methodology had three components. Analysis of New Zealand and international literature pertinent to assessment of international capabilities was undertaken. Small-group workshops were conducted with 13 secondary school staff, 21 senior secondary students, and 10 professionals with relevant expertise and perspectives about expression of international capabilities in post-school life. The third component was a visit to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to discuss similar assessment challenges in their work.

There is more information on the Ministrty of Education's The New Zealand Curriculum Online webiste here, to help school understand and develop their students' international capabilities.

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Ministry of Education
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