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Author(s): Melanie Berg and Elliot Lawes
Publication type: Research report

An Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement (the Observation Survey) is used widely in NZ schools to assess progress in early literacy learning, and also to identify children who need additional help to make appropriate progress with reading and writing after one year at school.

NZCER was contracted by The Marie Clay Literacy Trust (MCLT) to update the New Zealand norms, and to produce achievement information for the Observation Survey.  Two reports were produced, see attachments below.

25 August 2020
Author(s): J Drake, R Kupers, and R Hipkins
Publication type: Journal article

How can education help students grasp the complexity of the systems surrounding us? Jane Drake, Rolan Kupers and Rose Hipkins authored "Complexity—a big idea for education?" for the International School magazine.


21 December 2018
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins, Jo MacDonald, and Jenny Whatman
Publication type: Book chapter

This chapter addresses a complex challenge that is yet to be widely debated in initial teacher education. How might teacher educators more effectively educate beginning teachers to respond to so-called 'twenty-first century' learning imperatives? 

The authors draw on six principles identified in a 2012 study of 'future focused' trends in education.

21 December 2018
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad
Publication type: Research report

In term 2, 2017, four teachers at Hutt Central School initiated an inquiry into games across their Year 5/6 syndicate. The inquiry spiralled into a variety of learning opportunities, taking slightly different directions across the four classrooms and continuing to 'run in the background' for the rest of the year.

12 December 2018
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins and Marie Cameron
Publication type: Literature review

This report outlines findings from a literature review of trends in assessment policy and practice, which was commissioned by the Ministry of Education (the Ministry).

The primary purpose of this report is to inform the Ministry as it considers updating its position on assessment, last articulated in the position paper titled Assessment (Schooling Sector) 2011 (Ministry of Education, 2011).

26 November 2018
Author(s): Maraea Hunia, Basil Keane, Nicola Bright, Helen Potter, Kiwa Hammond, and Ropata Ainsley
Publication type: Research report

The report presents findings on the health and wellbeing of te reo Māori, and whānau aspirations for te reo in homes and communities, and in education. 

11 September 2018
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins
Publication type: Research report

This paper illustrates the the evolution of the key competencies as The New Zealand Curriculum was developed, using the visual models that supported thinking at different stages of the curriculum project.
The types of evidence and processes used to support their development are also summarised.

The second paper from this research is 2 How the key competencies evolved over time: Insights from the research.

28 May 2018
Author(s): Sue McDowall and Rosemary Hipkins
Publication type: Research report

This paper analyses a series of research projects to describe how understandings about key competencies have developed over the decade since The New Zealand Curriculum was published.

The first paper from this research is 1 How the key competencies were developed: The evidence base.

9 April 2018
Author(s): Cathy Wylie, Sue McDowall, Hilary Ferral, Rachel Felgate, and Heleen Visser
Publication type: Research summary
28 March 2018
Author(s): Cathy Wylie, Sue McDowall, Hilary Ferral, Rachel Felgate, and Heleen Visser
Publication type: Research report
28 March 2018