Waikato University

Modern learning environments

By Diana Clement 20 January, 2015

They’re all the rage “you know”: modern learning environments (MLEs), that is. But are the benefits proven or unproven? Is the MLE a modern-day version of the Emperor’s New Clothes?…

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The flipped classroom

By Diana Clement 6 October, 2014

Diana Clement looks at the phenomenon that’s, well, turning classroom practice on its head. Key points A new way of teaching that uses technology to reverse the usual order of…

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Investing in educational control

By Jane Blaikie 16 July, 2014

The National Party’s obsession with data and targets has lead to its proposed IES policy at the expense of child-centred learning. Michelle Nixon reports In January the government trumpeted what…

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Kohanga kaiako Ki Taiao

By Michelle Nixon 2 January, 2014

Na ta rourou, na taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive On a sunny west coast beach, tiny…

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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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Joy Cowley would have been discouraged by National Standards

By EA Staff 18 July, 2010

[g1_quote author_name=”Joy Cowley (Autobiographical notes, 2010, para 2)” align=”center” size=”l” style=”solid” template=”01″] In the early years at school, I was a slow and struggling student and I could have added…

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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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