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Author(s): Rachel Bolstad
Publication type: Research report

This report looks at the role of digital technologies for learning in primary and intermediate schools.

The report draws on data from the NZCER National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools, which was conducted in late August and early September 2016. The survey asked how digital technology is being used, how it could be used, and what it means for teaching and learning.

The survey sought the views of principals, teachers, trustees, parents and whānau.

26 May 2017
Author(s): Jenny Whatman, Jo MacDonald and Eliza Stevens
Publication type: Research report

This is the final evaluation report of the Teach First NZ programme pilot, delivered in partnership with The University of Auckland. The Teach First NZ pilot programme is an alternative field-based Initial Teacher Education (ITE) two-year programme. The pilot programme operated between 2013 and 2016 with three annual intakes of up to 20 participants. You can find the report on the Education Counts website.

26 May 2017
Author(s): Karen Vaughan
Publication type: Journal article

As a learning model, apprenticeship is well known for its capacity to develop skills and vocational identities. It is also increasingly appealing for its potential to develop soft skills and enhance dispositions. This article focuses on the nature and role of apprenticeship and employers in developing dispositions and soft skills. It draws on a two-year New Zealand study of 41 apprentices in general practice medicine, carpentry, and engineering technician work, and their workplace mentors and teachers.

12 May 2017
Author(s): Karen Vaughan and Jo MacDonald
Publication type: Research report

This project focuses on capability-building through a new apprenticeship for support workers. 

12 May 2017
Author(s): Jan Eyre, Melanie Berg, Jess Mazengarb, and Elliot Lawes
Publication type: Research report

This report details the results of an investigation into the school-based assessment, PAT: Reading Comprehension, which has recently gone online. We wanted to know whether the test items behaved in similar ways in the online and paper-based modes, and whether there was any difference in student scores.

There were two main findings:

26 January 2017
Author(s): Melanie Berg
Publication type: Research report

This report describes sampling and analysis details for the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016, as well as respondent characteristics and characteristics of the schools with which respondents are associated. It supports the individual thematic reports that use the 2016 National Survey data.

19 January 2017
Author(s): Jo MacDonald, Eliza Stevens
Publication type: Research report

This report sought to understand how the Principal Recruitment Allowance programme was operating, and provide information to the Ministry of Education to help inform their decision making aimed at improvement around the programme. 

11 January 2017
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins
Publication type: Journal article

This article is based on the talk Rose Hipkins gave at the NZATE conference in Christchurch in July 2016. The talk drew together many threads from almost a decade of research on the implementation of NZC, with a specific focus on how the key competencies have been understood and enacted. This set the scene to discuss a different way to think about weaving key competencies into the curriculum—by introducing "capabilities" as weaving tools. This idea idea is illustrated with two examples set at different levels of the English learning area. 

21 December 2018
Author(s): Sue McDowall
Publication type: Research report

The  Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF) is a government fund intended to help groups of teachers develop innovative practice. The Ministry of Education had shared four themes that had already emerged from TLIF Monitor meetings as being important in teacher-led inquiry. The themes related to the way that TLIF teams:

16 January 2017
Author(s): Cathy Wylie and Rachel Felgate
Publication type: Research report

This is an evaluation of the Check and Connect programme, which was part of the Ministry of Education's Positive Behaviour for Learning strategy.

Check and Connect orginated in the United States, where it had good evidence of success. This report provides the findings from an evaluation of the trial of the programme in New Zealand, focusing on the changes made by students with at least one year's experience on Check and Connect, at the main three trial sites, by the end of 2015. It shows that most participating students and their mentors noted positive gains from the programme.

20 December 2016