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Secondary education and research in New Zealand

Robyn Baker

This paper gives an overview of the secondary sector in New Zealand and its educational reforms of the 1990s. 

This sets the context to describe links between educational research, policy, and practice during this time.  It is argued that much of the research over the past decade has been small-scale and short-term and while this has served the immediate policy agenda it has provided only fragmentary evidence to inform longer-term goals such as improving student performance. 

The paper concludes by discussing some of the current initiatives that might contribute to improving the interface between research and policy/practice in secondary education. 

The full journal article is published in:
Educational Research for Policy and Practice, 1, 2002. p. 51-63

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Robyn Baker