Publications

PIRLS Summary Sheet

PIRLS Summary Sheet A summary sheet of New Zealand's Year 5 student achievement in the 2001 PIRLS assessment.

Author(s): Comparative Education Research Unit, Ministry of Education

Date Published: December 2003

Shifting Balances - The impact of Level 1 NCEA on the Teaching of Mathematics and Science

Shifting Balances - The impact of Level 1 NCEA on the Teaching of Mathematics and Science This small-scale project investigated changes in teaching and learning in 18 case study schools, nine in mathematics and nine in science, as the NCEA implementation beds in at Year 11.

Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins, Alex Neill

Date Published: December 2003

Evaluation of the Literacy Leadership Initiative: The Enhancement Programme 2001

Evaluation of the Literacy Leadership Initiative: The Enhancement Programme 2001 The Literacy Leadership initiative was established in 2000 as part of the Ministry of Education's Literacy and Numeracy Strategy. The Enhancement Programme comprised professional development and support from a facilitator for principals and leading teachers of literacy to review their current literacy practices, and plan, implement and review a classroom initiative related to a goal for literacy improvement. This evaluation looked at evidence for student achievement in literacy as a result of the programme; necessary conditions for programme success; and school-based structures and processes supporting sustainable literacy improvement.

Author(s): Helen Timperley, Judy Parr and Raewyn Higginson

Date Published: June 2003

Improving English Language Outcomes for Students Receiving ESOL Services in New Zealand Schools, with a Particular Focus on New Immigrants

Improving English Language Outcomes for Students Receiving ESOL Services in New Zealand Schools, with a Particular Focus on New Immigrants This research was commissioned to inform the review of the current ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) strategy. The report details the outcome of a review of the literature identifying good practice for teaching and learning in the compulsory school sector for Non-English Speaking Background Students (NESB) and describes the results from an investigation of the ways in which schools provide for and meet the language needs of their NESB students.

Author(s): Margaret Franken and Johanne McComish

Date Published: June 2003

Instructed Second Language Acquisition: A Literature Review

Instructed Second Language Acquisition: A Literature Review The purpose of this literature review is to examine theory and research that has addressed what constitutes effective pedagogy for the acquisition of a second language (L2) in a classroom context. In other words, the review seeks to answer the question: How can instruction best ensure successful language learning?

Author(s): Author: Professor R. Ellis

Date Published: 2005

Recruitment and Retention in New Zealand Secondary Schools

Recruitment and Retention in New Zealand Secondary Schools A small-scale qualitative study was undertaken in 20 secondary schools throughout New Zealand between June and September 2002 to identify any barriers which may exist to the recruitment and retention of beginning teachers, heads of departments (HoDs) and people returning to teaching after taking a break. In total, 20 principals, 19 coordinators of beginning teachers, 63 beginning teachers, 56 HoDs and 20 returning teachers were interviewed for the study

Author(s): Sharon Dewar, Shelley Kennedy, Catherine Staig and Lois Cox

Date Published: 2003

A Study of the Use of School Entry Assessment (SEA) in Schools

A Study of the Use of School Entry Assessment (SEA) in Schools School Entry Assessment (SEA) is a tool designed to provide teachers with information about some of the knowledge and skills children have when they first begin school. SEA has been available for use in schools since 1997. In August 2001 a survey was undertaken to obtain an up-to-date picture of the extent to which new entrant teachers were using SEA, whether they were using the whole resource or only one or two of the three components, and whether they considered changes needed to be made to the SEA kit to improve its validity and usefulness. The report details the results from this survey.

Author(s): Sharon Dewar and Maree Telford

Date Published: 2003

Transition to Secondary School: A Literature Review

Transition to Secondary School: A Literature Review This report contains a review of recent research literature concerning students' transition from primary to secondary schooling, with a focus on the New Zealand context. The report identifies both New Zealand and international literature and in particular discusses findings relating to the impact of transition upon student achievement and adjustment to secondary school.

Author(s): Clive McGee, Richard Ward, Joan Gibbons and Ann Harlow

Date Published: 2003

Thinking Outside The Square

Thinking Outside The Square Thinking Outside The Square provides information for schools wanting to introduce innovative and effective programmes for raising the educational achievement of at risk students. The publication draws on the findings of two research projects that evaluated the success of programmes funded from the Ministry of Education's innovations funding pool between 1999 and 2002.

Author(s): Janet Clinton. Summary prepared by Janet Rivers.

Date Published: 2003

English Medium - Student Achievement in NZ Information Kit

English Medium - Student Achievement in NZ Information Kit Student Achievement in New Zealand information kit provides the education sector with information about student achievement in reading, writing and mathematics where the students have been assessed in English.

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Teaching of International Languages in New Zealand Schools in Years 7 and 8: An Evaluation Study

Teaching of International Languages in New Zealand Schools in Years 7 and 8: An Evaluation Study The Ministry of Education provides support to teachers and students of International Languages Education in years 7 and 8 through: - regional advisers of International Languages - International Languages Series (ILS) Curriculum Materials - the Second Language Learning Proposals Pool, years 7-10. This research looks at the extent to which this support meets the languages learning needs of teachers, students and schools. It also provides a literature review of effective delivery characteristics for international languages and recommends ways that Ministry support can be strengthened.

Author(s): Colin Gibbs and Ron Holt

Date Published: 2003

Student Safety and Well-being in School Boarding Accommodation

Student Safety and Well-being in School Boarding Accommodation The report details the results of a study of New Zealand boarding schools. The purpose of the study was to obtain information that would inform decisions about what government regulations may be necessary in respect of the safety and well-being of students in school boarding accommodation. Several key groups in each school were surveyed for their views: principals; boarding house managers; and staff; school counsellors; parents and senior students.

Author(s): Shelley Kennedy, Fred Bishop, Ngaire Bennie

Date Published: November 2002

TIMSS 1998/99: The School and Classroom Context for Year 9 Students' Mathematics and Science Achievement

TIMSS 1998/99: The School and Classroom Context for Year 9 Students' Mathematics and Science Achievement Results from New Zealand's participation in the repeat of the Third International Mathematics & Science Study. The beliefs and attitudes of the teachers of the Year 9 students along with details of the school and classroom environment are presented.

The second in a two-part series (see Trends in Year 9 Students' Mathematics and Science Achievement: Results from New Zealand's participation in the repeat of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study), the report summarises the contextual findings from TIMSS-R focusing on the classroom, school and curricular context in which mathematics and science learning took place.

Author(s): Megan Chamberlain and Robyn Caygill

Date Published: August 2002

Whanau Toko I Te Ora: A Parenting Skills Programme

Whanau Toko I Te Ora: A Parenting Skills Programme The Māori Women's Welfare League undertakes a parent support & development programme: Whanau Toko i te Ora. This is an evaluation of the progress of whanau moving though the programme. It involves an overall account, based on the database held at the Māori Women's Welfare League; and includes the write up of 16 case study interviews.

Author(s): Ian Livingstone, Chartwell Consulants for the Māori Women's Welfare League.

Date Published: January 2002


Category: Māori & English Medium

Picking up the Pace

Picking up the Pace This research project delivered concentrated professional development in literacy instruction to groups of early childhood and new entrant teachers in decile one schools in Mangere and Otara. The outcome was a substantial lift in the reading and writing achievement of new entrants. Picking up the Pace was a component of the Early Childhood Primary Links via Literacy (ECPL) Project which was part of a much broader project, Strengthening Education in Mangere and Otara (SEMO), which aimed to raise achievement significantly among students in these two communities.

Author(s): Gwenneth Phillips, Stuart McNaughton, Shelly MacDonald and Michael Keith, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: January 2002

Category: English Medium

Review of Future-focused Research on Teaching and Learning

Review of Future-focused Research on Teaching and Learning This Review is based upon information retrieved from the world wide web about recently completed or on-going large-scale international research initiatives which are future-focused and specifically about teaching and learning. The Review has two parts - a report and an annotated bibliography. The report identifies, discusses and evaluates major themes and patterns to emerge from the material retrieved. It also discusses the state of the futures field in education, considers some key policy issues and suggests some areas for further research. The annotated bibliography contains 97 individual template entries organised by theme. The appendices provide a comprehensive listing of all major web-sites visited and the supplementary material reviewed. Indexes at the end organise the templates by major theme and by country or region.

Author(s): John Codd, Mark Brown, John Clark, Jan McPherson, Helen O'Neill, John O'Neill, Hine Waitere-Ang and Nick Zepke

Date Published: 2002

PISA 2000: Assessing knowledge and skills for life: New Zealand Summary Report

PISA 2000: Assessing knowledge and skills for life: New Zealand Summary Report Published in December 2001, this report is a summary of the international results that focuses on the achievement of New Zealand students.

Author(s): Comparative Education Research Unit, Ministry of Education

Date Published: December 2001

Support for Beginning Teachers

Support for Beginning Teachers The ageing teacher workforce and increased demands for secondary teachers, both domestically and internationally, mean that retention of beginning teachers is an important factor in effectively managing and maintaining teacher supply.

Author(s): Margery Renwick

Date Published: December 2001

Feedback from Schools on the Draft Document French in the New Zealand Curriculum: A Research Report

Feedback from Schools on the Draft Document French in the New Zealand Curriculum: A Research Report In February 2001, draft national curriculum guidelines for French were released for discussion and comment. To provide information on how well the draft guidelines assist and support teachers in the planning and delivery of effective French language programmes, a survey of schools which offered French in 2000 was undertaken. The main aim of the research was to obtain feedback from schools on the draft guidelines "French in the New Zealand Curriculum" to contribute to the writing of the final document. This report outlines the key findings of this research.

Author(s): Jacqui Kerslake & Maree Telford [Ministry of Education]

Date Published: November 2001

Feedback from Schools on the Draft Document German in the New Zealand Curriculum: A Research Report

Feedback from Schools on the Draft Document German in the New Zealand Curriculum: A Research Report In February 2001, draft national curriculum guidelines for German were released for discussion and comment. To provide information on how well the draft guidelines assist and support teachers in the planning and delivery of effective German language programmes, a survey of schools which offered German in 2000 was undertaken. The main aim of the research was to obtain feedback from schools on the draft guidelines "German in the New Zealand Curriculum" to contribute to the writing of the final document. This report outlines the key findings of this research.

Author(s): Jacquie Kerslake and Maree Telford

Date Published: November 2001

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