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Schooling for the future

NZCER's Schooling for the future work

Recent Schooling for the future research publications

Author(s): Rachel Bolstad
Research report - 2021
Author(s): Jan Eyre, Sophie Watson

This New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) research project explores the ways five diverse secondary schools shaped their timetables to support innovation in teaching and learning. The timetable is often a taken-for-granted presence in schools even though it plays an important role in how teaching and learning are experienced. This report identifies key factors that schools may find useful to consider when making changes to their timetable.  

Research report - 2021
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad

How can education in Aotearoa New Zealand respond to climate change? 

Research report - 2020
Author(s): Sue McDowall and Jenny Whatman

This report presents findings from a case study of Owairaka District School's collaboration with their community as part of the Garden to Table programme and other initiatives.

Research report - 2016
Author(s): Sue McDowall and Jenny Whatman

This report presents findings from a case study at Pakuranga Intermediate on their collaboration with a group of performing and visual artists in 2012-2014. It's part of a wider NZCER investigation into successful and sustained collaborations between schools, communities and professional experts.

Research report - 2016
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins, Rachel Bolstad and Cathie Johnson

The term Education 3.0 is used to signal the shift from traditional schooling to more appropriate models for the 21st century. This work was carried out for Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu - the Correspondence School - to scope possible new metrics they could use to document student learning and teacher practice to support that learning.

The full report is available here.

Research report - 2015
Author(s): Research team

This is the submission from NZCER's Research team on the Update of the Education Act. It draws on NZCER's deep expertise, particularly in curriculum and assessment, school leadership and governance, and future-focussed education, to respond to the discussion document. 

Paper - 2015
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Chris Joyce and Rosemary Hipkins

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.



Research report - 2015
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Cathy Buntting

This discussion document was developed in 2013 to support teachers and others to engage with findings from the e-in-science research project, carried out by the University of Waikato and the New Zealand Council for Educational Research under contract to the Ministry of Education.

Professional learning resource - 2013
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins

This paper discusses challenges and issues arising from NZCER's future-focused programme of research. It takes learning itself as an idea worthy of critical scrutiny and addresses some of the tensions that differences in views about learning create for future-focused research. 

Paper - 2014
Author(s): Jane Gilbert and Ally Bull

This working paper sets out some of the early findings from a pilot project to explore the qualities that future-oriented teachers might need and how those qualities might be developed.

Working paper - 2014
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Rosemary Hipkins and Liesje Stevens

This exploratory study considers the feasibility of measuring the "international capabilities" of New Zealand students in Years 12-13. 


Research report - 2013
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Sue McDowall

This new free "rapid prototype" resource will be of particular use in school staff professional development workshops, and can also be used or adapted for use with students, parents, school Boards of Trustees, and anyone with an interest in what and how young people learn, and how education could be organised in the future. It invites groups to explore their current thinking and to imagine alternatives that provoke new questions about knowledge, and the roles, relationships, and structures that are needed to support future-oriented learning. 

Professional learning resource - 2014
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad

How can educational research could contribute to the development of a more future-oriented learning system? This article discusses an attempt to synthesise ideas from the “21st century learning” literature with current knowledge about practice issues and future possibilities for innovation in New Zealand education, in order to distil a set of principles for a more future-oriented system. We hope this synthesis might provide a platform for educators, researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders in education to engage in ongoing discussion about how to develop “next practice” and achieve system change.

You can read the full text for this article for free.

Journal article - 2011
Author(s): Cameron, M, and Lovett, S.

This article has been published in the journal Teachers and Teaching, Theory and Practice later this year. It reports on the factors that continued to sustain the initial commitment of a group of 57 primary and secondary teachers who had been identified early in their careers as individuals showing “promise” and who were predicted to make a significant contribution to teaching.

Journal article - 2014
Author(s): Jane Gilbert and Ally Bull

This paper makes the case for deep and radical change to New Zealand's approach to science education. It discusses the implications of recent science education research and policy work, and argues New Zealand still has a long way to go to developing a future-oriented science education system.  It explores what needs to change and contains suggestions for some first steps.

Research report - 2013
e-in-science: Future-oriented science learning
Author(s): Cathy Buntting and Rachel Bolstad
Research report - 2013
 e-in-science: Developing innovation
Author(s): Cathy Buntting with Bill MacIntyre, Garry Falloon, Graeme Cosslett and Mike Forret
Research report - 2012
Participating and contributing? The role of school and community in supporting civic and citizenship education
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad

This report looks at how Year 9 students experience civic and citizenship education in the school curriculum, and the opportunities they have to develop citizenship competencies through participating and contributing to various aspects of school life. This includes co-curricular activities, which are those undertaken in the school environment but beyond formal classroom teaching and learning.It also includes decision-making about how things
happen in their school. The report also looks at the role of home and the community.

Research report - 2012
Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching - a New Zealand perspective
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad and Jane Gilbert, with Sue McDowall, Ally Bull, Sally Boyd and Rosemary Hipkins

A new report by NZCER senior researcher Rachel Bolstad and chief researcher Jane Gilbert aims to set out a vision of what future-oriented education could look like for New Zealand learners. The work was commissioned by the Ministry of Education to inform its programme of work. and contains a foreward by the Minister of Education Hekia Parata. The report discusses new thinking and innovative practice in this field and synthesizes more than 10 years of research on  future-thinking in education.

Research report - 2012
Students’ experiences of their first two years at Albany Senior High
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins, with Edith Hodgen and Rachel Dingle

Albany Senior High School (ASHS) is a new senior secondary school intent on developing a curriculum for the 21st century. At the end of 2009 and 2010, its first two years of existence, it surveyed students on the learning approaches at the school. In this report, NZCER analysed the responses.

Research report - 2011
Learning to be a new school: Building a curriculum for new times
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins

This report documents the beginnings of a new senior secondary school, set up with the aim of doing things differently for the 21st century. It discusses four key aspects of curriculum innovation at the school and explores its approach to learning and problem-solving through the lens of complexity theory.

Research report - 2011
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad and Sue McDowall
Research summary - 2007
Author(s): Cathy Wylie
Conference paper - 2006
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Bronwyn Cowie, Chris Eames, Miles Baker, Paul Keown, Richard Edwards, Richard Coll and Neil Rogers
Research report - 2004
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Josie Roberts, Sue McDowall
Research report - 2008
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Josie Roberts and Sue McDowall
Research report - 2009
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, with Jane Gilbert, Karen Vaughan, Charles Darr, and Garrick Cooper
Research report - 2006