Publications

Learning from the Quality Teaching Research and Development Programme (QTR&D) - Findings of the External Evaluation

Learning from the Quality Teaching Research and Development Programme (QTR&D) - Findings of the External Evaluation The Quality Teaching Research and Development Programme (QTR&D) was a bold and ambitious pilot development and research project. It was designed as an exploratory programme to understand more about quality teaching for Māori and Pasifika students, within designated contexts (literacy, numeracy, social studies and science) and across different language settings (English, Māori and Samoan bilingual).

Author(s): Lorna M. Earl, Ph.D. Director, Aporia Consulting Ltd. with Helen Timperley, Ph.D. and Georgina M. Stewart, Ed.D.

Date Published: May 2009

Released on Education Counts: August 2009

Category: Māori & English Medium

Monitoring Teacher Supply

Monitoring Teacher Supply This is the home page for the Monitoring Teacher Supply publication series.

Since 1997 the Research Division of the Ministry of Education has undertaken a Teacher Vacancy Survey of all state and state integrated schools at the beginning of each school year to monitor the staffing situation in New Zealand schools. This one-page survey provides the Ministry with a snapshot of the number of entitlement staffing vacancies and re-advertised vacancies in schools at the start of Term 1, and for secondary schools, in what subject areas pressure points are occurring.

Author(s): Various

Date Published: Annually

High Level Executive Summary: Quality Teaching, Research and Development English Medium Settings1

High Level Executive Summary: Quality Teaching, Research and Development English Medium Settings<sup>1</sup> The Quality Teaching Research and Development Project (QTR&D) was funded by the Ministry of Education. The exploratory project was developed collaboratively between the ministry, university academics, research facilitators, schools, teachers, students and their communities.

Author(s): Developed from research coordinators’ original reports with their agreement.

Date Published: May 2009

Released on Education Counts: August 2009

Category: English Medium

High Level Executive Summary: Quality Teaching, Research and Development Māori Medium

High Level Executive Summary: Quality Teaching, Research and Development Māori Medium The focus of this summary is on the Māori Medium which involved a university team, two school based hubs (settings) of teachers with in-service teacher educator support and a provider to support on-line communication and materials development.

Author(s): Developed from research coordinators’ original reports with their agreement.

Date Published: May 2009

Released on Education Counts: August 2009

Category: Māori Medium

Paraprofessional Practice in ESOL Programmes: Part 1: Description and evaluation of paraprofessional practices in supporting initial reading programmes

Paraprofessional Practice in ESOL Programmes: Part 1: Description and evaluation of paraprofessional practices in supporting initial reading programmes This document reports on the first part of a two year study on the practices of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) paraprofessionals working with ELL (English Language Learner) migrant students in initial reading programmes.

Author(s): Dr Sharon Harvey, Heather Richards & Karen Stacey

Date Published: April 2009

Released on Education Counts: 12 October 2009

Teaching and Learning in Middle Schooling: A Review of the Literature

Teaching and Learning in Middle Schooling: A Review of the Literature This paper is a summary of a review of literature carried out in 2007 for the Ministry of Education by Dinham and Rowe of the Australian Council for Educational Research.

Their review, and the summary presented here, are components of a Ministry research programme focused on teaching and learning in the middle schooling years. Other projects within the programme include: a "Study of Students’ Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling"; an investigation of the skills, knowledge and values that may be required by teachers to most effectively meet the needs of Years 7 to 10 students; and an in-depth analysis of ‘student engagement’ during the middle schooling years.

Author(s): Ministry of Education

Date Published: March 2009

How Much Difference Does It Make? Notes on Understanding, Using, and Calculating Effect Sizes for Schools

How Much Difference Does It Make? Notes on Understanding, Using, and Calculating Effect Sizes for Schools A good way of presenting differences between groups or changes over time in test scores or other measures is by ‘effect sizes’, which allow us to compare things happening in different classes, schools or subjects regardless of how they are measured. This booklet is designed to help school staff to understand and use effect sizes, and includes handy tips and warnings as well as useful tables to calculate effect size values from change scores on standardised tests.

Author(s): Ian Schagen, Research Division [Ministry of Education], Edith Hodgen [NZCER]

Date Published: March 2009

Competent Children, Competent Learners

Competent Children, Competent Learners This is the home page for the Competent Children, Competent Learners publication series.

The Competent Children, Competent Learners project is a longitudinal study undertaken by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) which focuses on a group of about 500 young people from the greater Wellington region.

Seven phases of the project have now been completed - the first when the students were near age 5, the next when they were at age 6 and then at ages 8, 10, 12,14 and 16. A further phase is currently underway collecting data from the sample of young people at age 20.

Author(s): Various

Date Published: Various

State of Education in New Zealand

State of Education in New Zealand This is the home page for the annual State of Education in New Zealand publication series. This report presents a picture of New Zealand’s education system with indicators on participation, achievement, effective teaching, labour market outcomes and resourcing across the early childhood, schooling and tertiary sectors. This report has been superseded by the Education Sector Indicators.

Author(s): Strategy and System Performance, Ministry of Education

Date Published: 2006-2008

New Zealand Schools: Ngā Kura o Aotearoa

New Zealand Schools: Ngā Kura o Aotearoa New Zealand Schools: Ngā Kura o Aotearoa, also known as the Schools Sector Report, is the annual report of the Minister of Education on the compulsory schools sector in New Zealand. The reports provide information on how well the schools sector is performing.

The reports open with a broad survey of student achievement outcomes, drawing together and summarising the latest information. They assesses the extent to which outcomes have improved and areas in which progress is still required.

This is followed by consideration of key issues such as: schools' engagement of their students, their families and communities; quality teaching; and quality schools (which incorporates matters of governance, leadership, resourcing and financial performance).

Author(s): Ministry of Education

Date Published: Annually

A Study of Students’ Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling

A Study of Students’ Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling This brochure provides an outline of the study, a summary of some key findings and implications, and a brief description of the reports on the study, including a third report due later this year.

Author(s): Research Division [Ministry of Education]

Date Published: September 2008

The Case of Emily: A Focus on Students as they Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling

The Case of Emily: A Focus on Students as they Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling This is one of three reports on a study which followed a diverse group of New Zealand students as they made the transition from primary to secondary schooling, progressed through Year 9 and on in to Year 10.

Author(s): Shelley Kennedy and Sharon Cox

Date Published: September 2008

Students’ Achievement as they Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling

Students’ Achievement as they Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling This is one of three reports on a study which followed a diverse group of New Zealand students as they made the transition from primary to secondary schooling, progressed through Year 9 and on in to Year 10.

Author(s): Sharon Cox and Shelley Kennedy

Date Published: September 2008

An Evaluation of the CAS Pilot Project 2006-2007

An Evaluation of the CAS Pilot Project 2006-2007 This is the final report on the findings of the CAS project.

Author(s): Alex Neill & Teresa Maguire from New Zealand Council for Educational Research

Date Published: August 2008

National Education Findings of Assess to Learn (AtoL) Report

National Education Findings of Assess to Learn (AtoL) Report This report describes the impact that the Ministry of Education’s professional development Assess to Learn Project has had on teachers, students and schools in New Zealand.

Author(s): Dr Jenny Poskitt (Massey University) & Kerry Taylor (Education Group Limited).

Date Published: July 2008

Successful Home-School Partnerships

Successful Home-School Partnerships The purpose of this research project is to improve understanding of the key elements of successful home–school partnerships, and how these partnerships operate in different school settings. The project has two parts—a review of evidence, and an empirical research component. Both parts of the project are reported on here.

Author(s): Ally Bull, Keren Brooking & Renee Campbell

Date Published: June 2008

Information and Communication Technologies Professional Development (ICTPD) School Clusters Programme

Information and Communication Technologies Professional Development (ICTPD) School Clusters Programme This page provides evaluations of the Information and Communication Technologies Professional Development (ICTPD) teacher professional development initiative. The ICTPD School Cluster programmes in New Zealand are aimed at increasing teachers’ ICT skills and pedagogical understandings of ICTs, at increasing the use of ICTs for professional and administrative tasks in schools, and at increasing the frequency and quality of the use of ICTs in schools to support effective classroom teaching and learning.

Author(s): Various

Date Published: Various

Te Rau Awhina: - Good Practice Examples of Māori and Pasifika Private Training Establishments

Te Rau Awhina: - Good Practice Examples of Māori and Pasifika Private Training Establishments This study was designed to investigate the practices of nominated Māori and Pasifika Private Training Establishments (PTEs) in relation to teaching & learning, and programme design & development. It also investigated for what reasons the nominated Māori and Pasifika PTEs used the strategies they did to develop teaching and learning. It asked what cultural elements were interwoven into their practices, and finally, to what extent the practices of the nominated PTEs compared with those considered in the literature to be indicators of good practice.

Author(s): Dr Jane Marshall, Kathryn Baldwin and Dr Roger Peach

Date Published: June 2008

Category: Māori Medium

How does achievement at school affect achievement in tertiary education?

How does achievement at school affect achievement in tertiary education? This report explores the relationship between academic achievement at secondary school and first-year achievement in tertiary education. The analysis uses a measure known as 'expected percentile' and school qualification to explain the performance of school leavers in their first year in tertiary education.

This report provides a complement to the report Post-school choices, which explores the link between school achievement and choices around participation in tertiary education.

Author(s): David Scott

Date Published: May 2008

Post-school choices: How well does academic achievement predict the tertiary education choices of school leavers?

Post-school choices: How well does academic achievement predict the tertiary education choices of school leavers? This report examines the association between academic achievement at secondary school and participation in the various types of tertiary education. This new research supports the government's goal of improving outcomes for young people.

It provides a complement to the report How does achievement at school affect achievement in tertiary education?, which explores the relationship between academic achievement at secondary school and first-year achievement in tertiary education.

Author(s): Scott Ussher

Date Published: May 2008

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