New Zealand Council for Educational Research

The Purpose of Education: a new frontier of parent-teacher interaction

By Cathy Wylie 14 July, 2014

In 1993 when Anne Meade and I started work on the longitudinal project that would become Competent Learners,[1] our first step was to define what the legacy of early childhood…

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The terrible toll of transience on our schools and students

By Elizabeth McLeod 28 April, 2014

Last year, nearly half the 167 kids enrolled at Hamilton East School had left by the end of the year: not counting Year 6 leavers. If this wasn’t disruptive enough,…

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Citizen scientists

By Jane Blaikie 6 April, 2013

Teacher Rita Urry spent 2011 as a Royal Society Primary Science Teacher Fellow. For two terms she worked with a scientist from the Wellington Regional Council monitoring the environment. Back…

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Rating well: New Zealand's public schools

By Jane Blaikie 23 October, 2010

New Zealand is doing much better educationally than countries that have tried the “standards” agenda of reform. Yet standards are notoriously difficult to measure” questions like who’s measuring what, against…

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The ITC revolution

By Sarah Jones 23 October, 2010

There’s no shortage of commentators writing and researching about young people’s relationship with technology. Educators such as James Paul Gee, Stephen Heppell and Derek Wenmoth promote the benefits – even…

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Burnout? – act before it strikes

By Elizabeth Brown 21 September, 2009

Swamped? Exhausted? Awake nights with work on your mind? Fear you might walk out of the class one day, and keep on going? Burnout is marked by anxiety, tiredness, frustration,…

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