Winter 2013

Charter schools more hype than hope for Māori

By Heni Collins 18 July, 2013

Key points Minister of Education Hekia Parata is known to be a keen advocate of charter schools being run by Māori education providers. But many in Māoridom are not so…

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Science takes aim at "learning styles"

By Elizabeth McLeod 18 July, 2013

Key points Neuroscientists say “learning styles” in students are just another “neuromyth”. But good teachers do use them, and related techniques, as a lead-in to reflective and responsive practice. Take…

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Flying high on the West Coast

By Michelle Nixon 18 July, 2013

Westport Kindergarten gets all five Best Start stars: 100% qualified teachers, good adult-to-child ratios, small group sizes, positive relationships, and a warm and loving learning environment. But that’s not all.…

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Child poverty requires radical change

By Jane Blaikie 18 July, 2013

New Zealand’s most opinionated economist Gareth Morgan says it’s society” not just cats” that needs a big shake-up. Making waves is nothing new to Gareth Morgan. Recently, uproar broke out…

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Christchurch – down but not out

By Michelle Nixon 18 July, 2013

But that doesn’t seem to have figured in Education Minister Hekia Parata’s decision to cut off life support for at least a dozen communities, and there are fears it will…

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Digital learning – coming, ready or not

By Diana Clement 18 July, 2013

Key points Ultrafast broadband and the Network for Learning are transforming the classroom. Teachers need more professional development to make it work. Academics are concerned that the implications of this…

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