Magazine

Modern babies

By Jane Blaikie 26 October, 2013

Teachers at a centre weren’t surprised recently when a nine-month-old baby arrived for her first day with a report from her previous centre, in the UK, outlining her learning achievements…

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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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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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New Scientists – from e-waste to turbines

By Steven Sexton 6 April, 2013

Abstract This paper reports on a joint venture between the University of Otago’s Department of Applied Sciences and the College of Education which resulted in New Scientists: Educating the next…

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Obituary – Elwyn S Richardson QSO

By Michelle Nixon 6 April, 2013

Richardson is best known for his book In The Early World, published by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research in 1964. The book, an account of his experience developing…

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BYOD – the good oil plus useful links

By Diana Clement 6 April, 2013

More and more educators seeing the value in learners from pre-schoolers up being allowed to use their own tablets, smartphones, iPods and other electronic devices in class. Trying to pretend…

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Light inside the tunnel

By Michelle Nixon 6 April, 2013

Specialist education staff at the Ministry of Education, who work with some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children, have settled their collective agreement after making a commitment to “work to…

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