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Author(s): Sue McDowall
Publication type: Research report

This is the second report in the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) Project Plus series. It looks at the 18 literacy-related projects in the early childhood and schools sector funded by the TLRI between 2003 and 2014. It considers what the community of researchers see as important in literacy teaching and learning, the problems to be tackled, the approaches taken and the new knowledge that has been built.

7 September 2015
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Chris Joyce and Rosemary Hipkins
Publication type: Research report

 This 2015 report updates the findings from a large multi-method study of environmental education in New Zealand schools, done in 2002-2004. The update report will be of interest to schools and environmental education providers and stakeholders who support schools.

1 September 2015
Author(s): Chris Joyce
Publication type: Conference presentation

This is a presentation by Chris Joyce which draws on data from the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) 2012 science assessments. The study assesses 2000 students at Year 4 and Year 8 level. The presentations explores what the assessors found and what the findings mean for teachers and students.

27 July 2015
Author(s): Sally Boyd, Alex Hotere-Barnes, Lesieli Tongati’o and Jo MacDonald
Publication type: Research report

This report summarises the findings from case studies of seven schools that are part of the Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide (PB4L-SW) initiative. Schools were selected for their effective practice. In this report, commonalities and differences in practice are summarised, and key themes are illustrated by short narratives from the schools. The report also discusses the contribution PB4L-SW is making towards change at the schools. The main audiences for this report are schools and Ministry of Education staff who provide support and training to schools.

6 July 2015
Author(s): Alex Neill, Melanie Berg and Liesje Stevens
Publication type: Research summary

This report summarises research carried out for the Commission for Financial Capability into financial capability in secondary schools. We also produced a brochure for schools and parents, setting out the main findings from the research. More information is available from the commission.

3 July 2015
Author(s): Nicola Bright, Alex Hotere-Barnes and Jessica Hutchings
Publication type: Research report

This report from the Ka Whānau Mai Te Reo project puts the spotlight on te reo Māori at times of transition.  It explores the diverse aspirations whānau have for their reo development and it looks at the pathways available to whānau to support those aspirations at three key points: starting school, moving from primary to secondary school, and moving beyond secondary school.

9 June 2015
Author(s): Sally Boyd and Rachel Felgate
Publication type: Research report

This report summarises the findings from the final phase of an evaluation of Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) School-Wide. It describes the extent of implementation of School-Wide in schools, identifies short-term shifts and considers the longer term sustainability of the initiative.

The report is available on the Education Counts website here.

30 May 2015
Author(s): Sally Boyd, Rosemary Hipkins
Publication type: Research report

The Sport in Education initiative was introduced by Sport NZ in 2013 to demonstrate the contribution that the context and concepts of sport can make to enhancing teaching and learning for schools and students. Eight schools were chosen to demonstrate that this approach is equally valid across genders, geographic locations, roll sizes and differing socioeconomic environments.

30 May 2015
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins
Publication type: Research report

This report explores teachers' practice and thinking about one of the eight principles in the New Zealand Curriculum, learning to learn. It draws on data from teachers' responses to NZCER's 2012 National Survey of Secondary Schools. The author discusses the meaning and potential of the phrase 'learning to learn' and uses the survey data to look at teachers' practice. The report includes ideas for strengthening learning to learn approaches in schools.

26 March 2015
Author(s): Wylie, C, & Burgon, J.
Publication type: Research report

SpringboardTrust is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to improve student outcomes through improving the effectiveness of principals. Its work addresses a conspicuous absence in the support needed for principals in the New Zealand self-managing schools system.

NZCER was asked to evaluate the short-term impact of SpringboardTrust’s flagship programme, the Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme (SLPP). Since 2007 SLPP has provided customised leadership development for 120 principals whose schools serve in total close to 41,719 students. It is a year-long programme.  

2 March 2015