Auckland University

Doing it for ourselves

By Jane Blaikie 30 September, 2015

“It’s been bandied about for a couple of years now that we’re teaching children for jobs that haven’t yet been invented,” says Sharon Jane. “You hear people say ‘so what…

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The spark for bilingual education

By Michelle Nixon 20 January, 2015

It’s a Polynesian festival of languages in the Finlayson Park playground, plus a smattering of English and a dash of Mandarin. With a roll of 1100 it’s the biggest primary…

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Oral language – to think, shape, convey ideas

By Jannie van Hees 9 January, 2015

‘The limits of my language means the limits of my world’ (Wittgenstein, 1922). Ponder on this a little. Conceptual and cognitive growth depends on language availability. Language availability grows conceptual…

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Is the future post-graduate?

By Michelle Nixon 26 October, 2013

In June the government called for tenders for new initial teacher education qualifications – “exemplary” qualifications to be delivered in partnership with schools. There are two rounds with funding for…

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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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Homework: the good, the bad and the stand out

By Rose Northcott 14 April, 2010

Dig into the Ministry of Education’s report School Leadership and Student Outcomes: What Works and Why and you’ll discover research that measures the effects on student learning of different kinds…

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Under twos and the backlash on working parents

By Jane Blaikie 6 December, 2009

“Home is best for babies” shouts the headline in a national Sunday paper. “A great badness abroad” says a magazine headline about “the great pre-school experiment”. Others misquote US research…

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