Publications

Background of students in Alternative Education: Interviews with a selected 2008 cohort

Background of students in Alternative Education: Interviews with a selected 2008 cohort This report presents the findings from a research project carried out in 2008 on the educational histories and pathways of alternative education (A.E.) students in New Zealand.

Author(s): Dr. Keren Brooking & Ben Gardiner, with Dr. Sarah Calvert [New Zealand Council for Educational Research]

Date Published: July 2009

Motivation and Achievement at Secondary School - The relationship between NCEA design and student motivation and achievement: A Three-Year Follow-Up

Motivation and Achievement at Secondary School - The relationship between NCEA design and student motivation and achievement: A Three-Year Follow-Up This report encompasses the two final years of a four-year longitudinal investigation of the relationship between student achievement and motivation.

Author(s): Luanna H. Meyer, Kirsty F. Weir, John McClure, Frank Walkey, and Lynanne McKenzie [Jessie Heterington Centre for Educational Research and the School of Psychology - Victoria University of Wellington

Date Published: July 2009

Summary Report: Motivation and Achievement at Secondary School - The Relationship between NCEA Design and Student Motivation and Achievement: A Three Year Follow-Up

Summary Report: Motivation and Achievement at Secondary School - The Relationship between NCEA Design and Student Motivation and Achievement: A Three Year Follow-Up This Longitudinal Research on the NCEA and Student Motivation and Achievement reports the results of the final two years of a four year research project to investigate relationships between the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) and how students think about their learning and achieve academically in secondary school. This is the summary report, the full report from which this summary report is derived will be available from mid-July.

Author(s): Luanna H. Meyer, John McClure, Kirsty F. Weir, Frank Walkey, and Lynanne McKenzie

Date Published: June 2009

High Level Executive Summary: Quality Teaching, Research and Development Samoan Bilingual Hub

High Level Executive Summary: Quality Teaching, Research and Development Samoan Bilingual Hub The focus of this summary is the Samoan bilingual hub. This QTR&D hub was set up to improve the quality of teaching and learning (pedagogy and student outcomes) in Samoan bilingual school settings. The project outcomes will inform policy, and future research and development work with teachers in schools.

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

Date Published: May 2009

Released on Education Counts: August 2009

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

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

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 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

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