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This article argues that the rights of childen should be at the heart of early childhood education policy development. It describes the free market framework inherited by the current government, highlights inequalities for children in income and participation in early childhood education, and describes policy initiatives. These are analysed against yardsticks for effective government policy for children.
In December 2001, Auckland Metropolitan College (Metro), the only state-funded alternative secondary school in New Zealand, closed after eight highly critical ERO reviews in eight years. Despite support from its own community, other schools, and the Schools Support Programme, Metro closed amidst long-standing confusion over its status and role in the New Zealand education system.
The paper outlines the range of English resources now in the ARBs and discusses their school-based uses. The particular advantages of the ARBs for school-based assessment and future areas of development within the English banks are also considered.
Paper presented at the 27th annual conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA), Rio de Janeiro, 6-11 May 2001.
There is much that tertiary institutions can usefully do to assist secondary school students' awareness and understanding of current options and possibilities for study and careers. Here are some pointers.
Paper presented at IIR conference on Marketing Education, Auckland, 27 June 2001.
This paper uses analysis from the longitudinal Competent Children/Learners project that shows substantial television use at earlier ages can weaken children's literacy development at age 10.
It explores the reasons why this might be so in terms of the patterns of children's time use, and research on the visual nature of television and the language and narrative forms it uses. Relations between age-10 children's current and previous use of computers and their reading comprehension levels was less marked.
This report details the findings from a two-stage multi-method study which focused on the editing skills, processes, and tools used by 96 students, at three year levels, from two schools, and how these impacted on their writing. The student data were analysed by writing mode (computer or pencil), gender, literacy level (high or low), and year level (Year 3/4, 5, or 7).
The main findings from this study were that:
This review looks at the evidence from studies of the various trials and bulk funding schemes for schools in New Zealand, and the impact of New Zealand's decentralisation reforms, to gauge the likely impact for Māori of bulk funding of schools.
A background paper that reviews the national and international literature on councils such as the one proposed in the Education Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2001
This paper summarises the information gained from a review of the literature surrounding the evaluation of technology-rich initiatives in the compulsory schools sector in New Zealand and overseas.
Paper presented at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) conference, Christchurch, 6-9 December 2001.