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Rosemary Hipkins

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Chief Researcher

Rosemary (Rose) is a Chief Researcher at NZCER. She holds a PhD from Deakin University, Melbourne.

Rose maintains a strong interest in the complex space at the intersection of curriculum and assessment practices. She was actively involved in the development of both the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) and the National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA assessment system). Over the 18 years she has been at NZCER she has led national research projects related to both curriculum and assessment innovation in New Zealand.

Rose recently led a review of future-focused assessment literature to prepare the report Trends in assessment for the Ministry of Education.  Earlier in 2018 she led a programme of work centred on the use of a ‘capabilities’ approach to curriculum development, summarised here. She also led an overview of Competencies in NZC.

Her concern with maintaining the fidelity of the curriculum in high-stakes assessments is reflected in her most recent book NCEA in Context, co-authored with two colleagues from Victoria University of Wellington. The three authors have also published an article exploring the effect of high-stakes assessment on the representation of epistemic knowledge in the enacted curriculum. Most recently Rose has continued her exploration of the senior secondary curriculum by co-publishing an article that compares the Israeli and New Zealand approaches to curriculum and assessment.

Other NZCER projects Rose is supporting include: an exploration of curriculum integration; NMSSA (science and key competencies studies); and the National Survey programme (mainly secondary but also curriculum-related aspects of the primary surveys). Rose has also supported the development of the following tools and resources: Junior Science: Thinking with Evidence; Remixing the Key Competencies; Remixing NCEA achievement standards; and the Science Capabilities Planning Deck. A similar Rich Tasks design deck is in the planning stages.  

Rose has supported a number of Teacher-Led Innovation Fund projects. Some are now completed but several are still current. Some TLIF projects have foregrounded curriculum innovation (Alfriston College; Howick College;  Kaikorai Valley High School: Urban Farm). Others have a focus on pedagogical innovation (Kaikorai Valley High School/Queens High School; Paraparaumu College; Mana College; Stonefields School). In practice pedagogy and curriculum are two faces of one coin, so this grouping is a matter of emphasis.  

In 2019 Rose was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science education.

Research outputs

Year published Title Publication type Category
2019 Rich tasks planning cards Classroom resource
2018 1 How the key competencies were developed: The evidence base Research report Key Competencies
2018 2 How the key competencies evolved over time: Insights from the research Research report Key Competencies
2018 Challenges for initial teacher education in the context of 'twenty-first century' learning imperatives Book chapter Learning at work Professional learning
2018 Complexity–a big idea for education? Journal article
2018 How “tight/loose” curriculum dynamics impact the treatment of knowledge in two national contexts Journal article Curriculum and assessment
2018 Trends in assessment: An overview of themes in the literature Literature review Curriculum and assessment Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Policy
2017 An innovative approach to assessing more complex outcomes of learning Journal article
2017 Building epistemic thinking through disciplinary inquiry: Contrasting lessons from history and biology Journal article
2017 Exploring the impact of the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) Research report
2017 Nurturing citizenship: road safety as a rich context for learning Research report
2017 Remixing NCEA achievement standards: A curriculum integration design deck Book
2017 Remixing the Key Competencies: A curriculum design deck Professional learning resource Key Competencies
2017 Weaving a coherent curriculum: How the idea of 'capabilities' can help Research report
2016 Capabilities are curriculum weaving tools Journal article Curriculum and assessment
2016 NCEA in Context Book NCEA
2015 Environmental education in New Zealand schools Research report Curriculum and assessment Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Schooling for the future Science education
2015 Evaluation of the Manaiakalani Digital Teaching Academy Research report
2015 Exploring new metrics for Education 3.0 Research report Schooling for the future
2015 Learning to learn in secondary classrooms Research report Curriculum and assessment Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies
2015 Science capabilities for a functional understanding of the nature of science Journal article Science education
2015 Science Engagement Survey: A new tool for primary science Journal article Assessment tools
2015 Year 2 Evaluation - Getting Runs on the Board Research report Evaluation Student engagement Student health and wellbeing
2014 Constructing your primary school's science curriculum Book Science education
2014 Doing research that matters: A success story from statistics education Research report
2014 Editorial Journal article NCEA
2014 Key Competencies for the Future Book Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies
2013 Competencies or capabilities: What’s in a name? Journal article
2013 Measuring New Zealand students' international capabilities: An exploratory study Research report
2013 NCEA one decade on Research report Curriculum and assessment Moderation NCEA
2013 Reflecting on purposes for learning science Research report Science education
2013 Student management systems in secondary schools Journal article School governance and management
2013 Teaching for present and future competency: A productive focus for professional learning Journal article Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies
2012 Assessment of naturally occurring evidence of literacy Journal article Curriculum and assessment
2012 Building a science curriculum with an effective nature of science component Research report Science education
2012 Curriculum support in science Research report Science education
2012 Editorial Journal article
2012 Editorial Journal article Key Competencies
2012 Laying learning foundations to lift success at NCEA level 3 Conference paper NCEA
2012 NCEA and Curriculum Innovation Working paper Implementing New Zealand Curriculum NCEA
2012 New Zealand students' intentions towards participation in the democratic processes: New Zealand results from the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study Research report Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies
2012 NZCER presentation about creating and embedding change in schools Presentation Evaluation Student engagement Student health and wellbeing
2012 Student inquiry and curriculum integration: Shared origins and points of difference (Part A) Journal article Curriculum and assessment Policy Professional learning
2012 Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching - a New Zealand perspective Research report Public understanding of education Schooling for the future
2012 The complexities of moderating student writing in a community of practice Journal article Curriculum and assessment
2012 The primary school curriculum: Assimilation, adaptation, transformation Research report Curriculum and assessment Education leadership practices Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Longitudinal projects
2011 Curriculum Implementation Exploratory Studies 2: Final report Research report Curriculum and assessment Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies
2011 Editorial Journal article
2011 Exploring connections between engagement and student voice Conference presentation Student engagement
2011 Learning to be a new school: Building a curriculum for new times Research report Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Professional learning Schooling for the future
2011 Learning to reinvent the school curriculum Conference paper Curriculum and assessment Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies
2011 Learning to reinvent the school curriculum Research report Curriculum and assessment Education leadership practices
2011 Moderation and Teacher Learning: What can research tell us about their interrelationships? Research report National Standards
2011 National Standards, moderation challenges and teacher learning Research report Curriculum and assessment National Standards
2011 Students’ experiences of their first two years at Albany Senior High Research report Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Professional learning Schooling for the future
2011 The challenges of graph interpretation in science Journal article Key Competencies Literacy Science education
2011 The recursive elaboration of key competencies as agents of curriculum change Journal article Curriculum and assessment Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies
2011 The shape of curriculum change Research report Curriculum and assessment Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies
2011 The shape of curriculum change Conference presentation Curriculum and assessment Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies
2011 The transfer of literacy, language and numeracy skills from learning programmes into the workplace: Literature review Research report Learning at work
2011 The Work of Accent Advisers Research report Professional learning
2010 Inspired by science Research report Curriculum and assessment Science education
2010 Kick-starting the Nature of Science Classroom resource Curriculum and assessment Key Competencies Science education
2010 Kick-starting the Nature of Science Book
2010 Learning through moderation Occasional paper
2010 Learning through moderation: Minding our language Journal article Curriculum and assessment National Standards NCEA
2010 More complex than skills: Rethinking the relationship between key competencies and curriculum content Conference paper Key Competencies
2010 Public attitudes to science: rethinking outreach activities Journal article Science education
2010 Reflections on being “labelled” by National Standards Journal article Key Competencies National Standards
2010 Reshaping the secondary school curriculum: Building the plane while flying it? Research report Curriculum and assessment Longitudinal projects
2010 Should students learn to ‘read’ science writing from the media? Journal article Science education
2010 The Evolving NCEA Research report Longitudinal projects NCEA
2010 Thinking in science—What might progress look like? Journal article Curriculum and assessment Key Competencies Science education
2010 What it looks like when it’s going well … Journal article Implementing New Zealand Curriculum
2010 Working with the New Zealand Curriculum principles Journal article Implementing New Zealand Curriculum
2009 Assessment dilemmas when “21st century” learning approaches shift students into unfamiliar terrain Conference paper Curriculum and assessment Key Competencies Science education
2009 Children's literary engagements with texts Book chapter Literacy
2009 Competent Learners on the Edge of Adulthood: A summary of key findings from the Competent Learners @ 16 project Research report Families and communities Longitudinal projects
2009 Complex or complicated change? What can biology education learn from disciplinary biology? Journal article Science education
2009 Determining meaning for key competencies via assessment practices Journal article Curriculum and assessment Key Competencies
2009 Engaging students in science Journal article Science education Student engagement
2009 Meaning making for democratic participation Conference paper Key Competencies
2009 New Zealand curriculum implementation exploratory studies: Final Report Research report Curriculum and assessment Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies
2008 Curriculum changes, priorities and issues: findings from the NZCER secondary 2006 and primary 2007 national surveys Research report Curriculum and assessment Longitudinal projects
2008 Early experiences of longer learning periods at Alfriston College Journal article School governance and management
2008 Interplay of context and concepts in primary school children's systems thinking Journal article
2008 Key competencies and inquiry learning. Perfect match or problematic partners? Conference presentation Key Competencies
2008 Longer learning periods for the secondary school day: What does research say? Journal article Student engagement
2008 Putting the Nature of Science strand into the water cycle Journal article Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Science education
2008 Seeing yourself in science Research report Science education
2008 The "something more" in key competencies Journal article Key Competencies
2008 Themes from the curriculum implementation case studies. Milestone report for November 2008 Paper Curriculum and assessment Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies
2007 Assessing key competencies: Why would we? How could we? Journal article Curriculum and assessment Implementing New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies
2007 Course innovation in the senior secondary curriculum: A snapshot taken in July 2007 Research report Curriculum and assessment
2007 Engaging teachers in re-imagining curriculum Journal article Curriculum and assessment Professional learning Science education
2007 School planning and reporting in action: The early years of the new framework Research report Implementing New Zealand Curriculum
2007 School planning and reporting: Is it making a difference to student learning? Journal article School governance and management
2007 Taking the pulse of NCEA: Findings from the NZCER National Survey of Secondary Schools 2006 Research report Longitudinal projects
2007 Thinking about the "big picture": how can school science contribute? Journal article Science education
2006 Growing independence : A summary of key findings from the Competent Learners @14 project Research report