Posts by EA Staff

Educators reach breaking point

Violent behaviour in primary school-aged children is becoming more severe and more frequent. In some cases violent incidents have increased by 39 percent since 2013. Some educators are at their wit’s end. The Ministry says it is responding to the increasing request s for help from schools and is putting more money into severe behaviour…

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Book challenges a narrow world view

DECOLONISATION IN AOTEAROA: EDUCATION RESEARCH AND PRACTICE Edited by Jessica Hutchings and Jenny Lee-Morgan The introduction of the book offers a challenge to thinking around Māori education and decolonisation. “The Crown continues to define and manage what it sees as important and relevant in Māori education. This book seeks to counter that narrow world view.”…

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Creativity worth fighting for

Peter O'Connor

  An extraordinary shift is taking place in China’s schools, largely unobserved by the rest of the world. One person who has noticed is Professor Peter O’Connor, an internationally recognised expert in applied theatre and drama education at The University of Auckland. O’Connor is frequently invited to South East Asia and says drama and the…

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Does your child have autism or features of autism, and sleep problems?

You may be eligible to receive treatment through the nationwide Autism and Sleep Study, being conducted through the University of Canterbury Our research is investigating (a) the effectiveness of treatments for sleep disturbance for children with (or features of) autism, and (b) the impact of successful treatment on parent and child well-being. Our research team…

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Why Chromebooks?

A Chromebook keyboard

Chromebooks are fast becoming the most widely used digital device in schools. Here’s why: 1. Speed Academic learning time is a scarce resource, with little of it to waste waiting for new devices to get into learners’ hands, for operating systems to boot up, and for learners to reach the plethora of new and emerging…

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Grow plants from seed in ECE and schools!

School gardeners at work in the garden

Long time supporters of children gardening, Kings Seeds are the go-to gurus when it comes to growing a great garden from seed and after 17 years in the business they know their stuff. Below they share their top seed-sowing tips and how the simple process of growing from seed provides many learning opportunities both in…

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Philosophical Inquiry in the Classroom


Every teacher has a wish list of the things they really want for their students. Such a list might include: deeper and more critical thinking; the ability to articulate and explore complex questions; being able to meet and exceed national standards –without their teacher having to “teach to the standards”; a stronger sense of community,…

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On the wings of TPDL  

They lived with locals, visited schools in Nouméa and in rural New Caledonia, learnt to cook a ‘bougna’, attended community events, and even gave speeches to education authorities in French. In April 2016 these New Zealand teachers spent two weeks in New Caledonia to immerse in the French language and to learn about the culture…

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Competing ideas led to conflict

 Ka Ngaro Te Reo: Māori language under siege in the 19th century Paul Moon Otago University Press In the early part of the nineteenth century, te reo was the main language of social and economic interaction in New Zealand. But European settlers’ views of te reo hinted at what was to come: te reo was…

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A tribute to Anne B Smith

Anne with Sylvia at St Clair Beach, Dunedin

Anne was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Children’s Issues Centre (CIC) at the University of Otago in 1995. She was already a world-renowned academic and advocate in the early childhood education field and quickly capitalised on these skills to build the CIC and extend her reach across a diverse range of issues aimed…

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