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Author(s): Nicola Bright with Cathy Wylie
Publication type: Research report

Part of experiencing success as Māori within schools depends on having opportunities to learn and use te reo Māori and tikanga Māori. But how well do we provide for Māori students in English-medium schools? This report looks at whether provision differs in relation to the level of Māori enrolment in a school, using data from NZCER's National Surveys of primary and intermediate schools in 2013, and secondary schools in 2012. The report concludes that the level of Māori enrolment in a school does make a difference to the learning opportunities Māori learners are able to access.

18 December 2015
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins, Jenny Whatman and Jo MacDonald
Publication type: Research report

This report outlines the findings of the evaluation of a pilot initiative known as the Manaiakalani Digital Teaching Academy. The project paired first year teachers with teacher mentors to help them develop skills and knowledge in digital teaching methods and modern learning environments. The evaluation drew on the perspectives of the different participants, including teachers, mentors and principals.

13 November 2015
Author(s): Ally Bull
Publication type: Research report

Science capabilities are a set of ideas for teachers to think with about science education. There are five: gathering and interpreting data, using evidence, critiquing evidence, interpreting representations of science, and engaging with science. This paper explores what student progress  in developing capabilities might look like. It draws on student responses from a small research project with students from Years 1-10 in a range of New Zealand schools. The appendix includes a number of thinking objects developed from the student responses.

12 October 2015
Author(s): Sue McDowall
Publication type: Research report

This is the second report in the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) Project Plus series. It looks at the 18 literacy-related projects in the early childhood and schools sector funded by the TLRI between 2003 and 2014. It considers what the community of researchers see as important in literacy teaching and learning, the problems to be tackled, the approaches taken and the new knowledge that has been built.

7 September 2015
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Chris Joyce and Rosemary Hipkins
Publication type: Research report

 This 2015 report updates the findings from a large multi-method study of environmental education in New Zealand schools, done in 2002-2004. The update report will be of interest to schools and environmental education providers and stakeholders who support schools.

1 September 2015
Author(s): Chris Joyce
Publication type: Conference presentation

This is a presentation by Chris Joyce which draws on data from the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) 2012 science assessments. The study assesses 2000 students at Year 4 and Year 8 level. The presentations explores what the assessors found and what the findings mean for teachers and students.

27 July 2015
Author(s): Sally Boyd, Alex Hotere-Barnes, Lesieli Tongati’o and Jo MacDonald
Publication type: Research report

This report summarises the findings from case studies of seven schools that are part of the Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide (PB4L-SW) initiative. Schools were selected for their effective practice. In this report, commonalities and differences in practice are summarised, and key themes are illustrated by short narratives from the schools. The report also discusses the contribution PB4L-SW is making towards change at the schools. The main audiences for this report are schools and Ministry of Education staff who provide support and training to schools.

6 July 2015
Publication type: Research summary

This summary outlines key findings from the first phase of an evaluation of Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide (PB4L-SW). This evaluation is being conducted over 2013-2015 by NZCER for the Ministry of Education.  

6 July 2015
Author(s): Alex Neill, Melanie Berg and Liesje Stevens
Publication type: Research summary

This report summarises research carried out for the Commission for Financial Capability into financial capability in secondary schools. We also produced a brochure for schools and parents, setting out the main findings from the research. More information is available from the commission.

3 July 2015
Author(s): Nicola Bright, Alex Hotere-Barnes and Jessica Hutchings
Publication type: Research report

This report from the Ka Whānau Mai Te Reo project puts the spotlight on te reo Māori at times of transition.  It explores the diverse aspirations whānau have for their reo development and it looks at the pathways available to whānau to support those aspirations at three key points: starting school, moving from primary to secondary school, and moving beyond secondary school.

9 June 2015