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Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins
Publication type: Research report

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has been a prominent innovator of approaches to education for school-age students in New Zealand. This report explains their approach and reports on three case studies that illustrate how it plays out in schools. 

The report is available on NZTA's education portal.

21 December 2018
Author(s): Linda Bonne and Lorraine Spiller
Publication type: Working paper

The NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 included a number of questions that asked specifically about matters related to Pasifika students, Pasifika families, or Pasifika cultural activities at school. We have brought the responses to these questions together for researchers working in Pasifika education.

8 January 2018
Author(s): Whatman, J., & MacDonald, J.
Publication type: Research report

A literature review prepared for the Education Council that you can read on the Education Council website.

Questions the review is addressing: 

1. What are the features of high quality practica that have a positive impact on outcomes for student teachers?

2. What are the features of high quality theory and practice integration within other parts of the ITE programme (course work) that have a positive impact on outcomes for student teachers?

18 December 2017
Author(s): Boyd, S., MacDonald, J., Stevens, E., & Felgate, R.
Publication type: Research report

This report presents baseline and implementation data gathered from a range of stakeholders during 2016. The report aims to assist Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) and other decision-makers to consider what the data suggests might be next steps for the initiative.

This formative focus is appropriate for as the initiative uses an emergent model, and is in the first year of development.

18 December 2017
Author(s): Bourke, R., MacDonald, J., Lucas, M., Williams, J., & Sheerin, M.
Publication type: Book chapter

A book chapter written for Student Perspectives on School. Informing Inclusive Practice.

18 December 2017
Author(s): Linda Bonne and Eliza Stevens
Publication type: Research report

This report looks at parent and whānau views of, and involvement with, their children’s schooling as part of a comprehensive national picture of what was happening in primary and intermediate schools in 2016.

The parent and whānau survey comprised mostly closed-response questions, but also asked for comments about three aspects: learning with digital technology, National Standards, and their child’s schooling in general.

15 December 2017
Author(s): Nicola Bright and Cathy Wylie
Publication type: Research report

Ākonga Māori (Māori students) should be able to have good educational experiences that recognise and support their identity, reo Māori, and culture in any school they attend, as well as their learning.

The 2016 national survey shows increased awareness and attention to incorporating tikanga Māori and te reo Māori into English-medium schools to better support the identity, wellbeing, and achievement of ākonga Māori. 

15 December 2017
Author(s): Rose Hipkins
Publication type: Research report

The big picture vision of The New Zealand Curriculum says it is important to foster students' dispositions to learn and contribute as active members of society. The key competencies directly support this vision.  This paper looks at what happens when teachers design rich tasks to draw on all aspects of the key competencies.

13 December 2017
Author(s): Debbie Broughton, Jessica Hutchings, and Nicola Bright
Publication type: Research report

Ka whānau mai te reo: Kei tua o te kura—Understanding how tertiary education organisations are supporting the transitions of reo Māori learners and speakers completes the series of research reports looking at the transitions between education organisations, from pre-school to tertiary.

6 November 2017
Author(s): Linda Bonne and Cathy Wylie
Publication type: Research report

This report looks at the work of teachers in primary and intermediate schools.

The report draws on data from the NZCER National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools 2016 that was conducted from August to September 2016.

The survey asked teachers about what they are doing in classes; their school culture and support for their work; their achievements; their issues; and their workload and morale.

The 2016 survey continued our focus on how teachers were using aspects of The New Zealand Curriculum that was introduced in 2007.

31 October 2017