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Author(s): Linda Mitchell
Publication type: Conference paper

Keynote address to NZEI Te Riu Roa Conference, Collaborative approaches in the early years, Wellington, 4-7 April 2002.

7 June 2011
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins
Publication type: Conference paper

This paper advocates for clearer distinctions to be drawn between school science and scientists’ science, particularly with respect to the investigative processes that typify each.

It draws on the findings of a recent survey of public attitudes to science in New Zealand, and on recent international research in science education.

3 June 2011
Author(s): Cedric Croft
Publication type: Conference paper

This conference paper overviews the nature of the ARBs and other standardized tests available within New Zealand for school-based and formative uses.

3 June 2011
Author(s): Edith Hodgen and Cathy Wylie
Publication type: Research report

NZCER was asked by the NZ Principals' Federation (NZPF) to provide quality assurance on Murray Neighbour's analysis of the NZPF's national survey of all primary and intermediate schools, undertaken in November 2001.  The aim of this survey was to establish New Zealand figures for student transience levels, in the light of growing sector concern about the relationship between student transience and achievement, and the impact of student transience for schools (Lee, 2000; Neighbour, 2001).

2 June 2011
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins and Karen Vaughan
Publication type: Research report

For three consecutive years NZCER is exploring the manner in which student subject choice at Year 11 changes in response to the implementation of the NCEA reforms. (The NCEA is a new senior secondary school qualifications regime, the National Certificates of Educational Achievement, first introduced in 2000.)

Below is an excerpt from a short report summarising the initial findings of this longitudinal project:

2 June 2011
Innovative pathways from school: The case studies: Phase 1 report, 2002
Author(s): Sally Boyd, Sue McDowall, and Garrick Cooper
Publication type: Research report

This report describes the unique programmes that have been developed in seven low decile secondary schools to help students to gain qualifications and to experience successful transitions from school.

The Innovative Pathways study is a three-phase research project. It examines non-conventional Year 12 and 13 programmes at seven schools which are viewed as being successful in assessing "at risk" students in their transition from school to the workforce or further education and training.

2 June 2011
Author(s): Cedric Croft and Karen Dunn
Publication type: Research report

This report is the second evaluation of the Books in Homes scheme, which encourages reading by giving books to school children. The scheme is an initiative to improve the literacy skills, reading habits, and general familiarity with print, of children in decile 1-3 schools.

The project was based on a stratified sample of 40 decile 1 schools. It assesses Year 5 students' reading performance and analyses responses to questionnaires from students, teachers and principals.

2 June 2011
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins, Wendy Stockwell, Rachel Bolstad and Robyn Baker
Publication type: Research report

Report on an investigation into what the public thinks, knows, and feels about science.

The research involved a telephone survey of 800 members of the New Zealand public, and small-scale focus group discussions with four different groups.

The research identified six sectors of New Zealand society, each with a different profile of attitudes towards and beliefs about science. These sectors showed many similarities to the sectors that were found in similar recent UK research.

1 June 2011
Early Childhood Education for a Democratic Society: Conference Proceedings, 2001
Author(s): Bev Webber and Linda Mitchell (Eds.)
Publication type: Conference proceedings

An emerging influence in early childhood education policy and practice is a focus on the rights and perspective of the child.

This 2001 NZCER conference explored the role of early childhood services in fostering competent children, active in their own contribution to society, and engaged in settings that are inclusive of all children and their families. An emphasis was on the implications for policy, practice, and research, considered alongside the long-term strategic plan for early childhood education.

13 June 2011
Ten years old and competent: The fourth stage of the Competent Children project - a summary of the main findings
Author(s): Cathy Wylie
Publication type: Book

The first three stages of the Competent Children research project looked at the study children at ages 5, 6, and 8. This next stage measures their performance at age 10 when they were in their fifth school year.

Because the study has followed the children over five years it has been possible to look at the relationships of earlier experiences and resources to children's current competency levels.

13 June 2011