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Competent Children, Competent Learners

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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

When the project began in 1993 its aim was to provide New Zealand policy makers and the early childhood education sector with a study which could show the concurrent, short-term, and long-term impact of early childhood education experience. As the project continued, the development of students' competence in mathematics, literacy and logical problem solving, and their competence in social and communication skills, has assumed more prominence, particularly in the project's ability to relate these to the home resources and experiences that students have, to trace the impact of different factors over time, and to compare the cumulative impact of differences in home and schools resources and experiences.

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Competent Learners @ 20: Summary of Key Findings

Competent Learners @ 20: Summary of Key Findings This summary gives some key findings from the age-20 phase of the Competent Learners study. If you would like to know more, please look at our main report (Forming Adulthood: Past, present and future in the experiences and views of Competent Learners @ 20), and our follow-up report (Tracks to Adulthood—Post-school experiences of 21-year-olds: The qualitative component of Competent Learners @ 20).

Author(s): Cathy Wylie, New Zealand Council Educational Research.

Date Published: September 2011

Forming Adulthood: Past, Present and Future in the Experience and Views of the Competent Learners @ 20

Forming Adulthood: Past, Present and Future in the Experience and Views of the Competent Learners @ 20 The longitudinal Competent Learners study has followed the progress of a group of around 500 young people from just before they started school. Information was collected at two-yearly intervals from age 4 until the age 16. The latest phase of the study revisited 401 of the participants at age 20 and looked at how they had fared since they left school , their current situation and experiences, what role their school experiences and performance played as they progressed into early adulthood and what they were gaining from current study and employment.

Author(s): Cathy Wylie and Edith Hodgen, New Zealand Councils for Educational Research.

Date Published: September 2011

Tracks to Adulthood: Post-school Experiences of 21 Year Olds: The Qualitative Component of Competent Learners @ 20

Tracks to Adulthood: Post-school Experiences of 21 Year Olds: The Qualitative Component of Competent Learners @ 20 The longitudinal Competent Learners study has followed the progress of a group of around 500 young people from just before they started school. Information was collected at two-yearly intervals from age 4 until the age 16. The latest phase of the study revisited 401 of the participants at age 20 and looked at how they had fared since they left school , their current situation and experiences, what role their school experiences and performance played as they progressed into early adulthood and what they were gaining from current study and employment.

This report details the findings of an in-depth, follow-up study undertaken with 29 of the study participants one year later (aged 21). These young people were chosen because their paths into adulthood seemed less straightforward than others and they had not followed a ‘well-lit path’ from secondary school to tertiary education.

Author(s): Lesley Patterson, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: September 2011

On the Edge of Adulthood: Summary of Key Findings from the Competent Learners @ 16 project

On the Edge of Adulthood: Summary of Key Findings from the Competent Learners @ 16 project Competent Children, Competent Learners is a longitudinal study which began in 1993 and follows the progress of a sample of around 500 New Zealand young people from early childhood education through schooling and beyond. Several reports from the age-16 phase of the project have been published. This report summaries the key findings at age 16.

Author(s): Cathy Wylie, Edith Hodgen, Rosemary Hipkins and Karen Vaughan, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: May 2009

Transition to Secondary School: Does it affect age-16 performance?

Transition to Secondary School: Does it affect age-16 performance? Competent Children, Competent Learners is a longitudinal study which began in 1993 and follows the progress of a sample of around 500 New Zealand young people from early childhood education through schooling and beyond. The transition to secondary school was focussed on during the previous phase of the study when students were aged 14 (refer Cathy Wylie, Edith Hodgen and Hilary Ferral, 2006). This report provides follow-up analysis of any statistical effects of the transition to secondary school evident at age 16 on students’ engagement and achievement.

Author(s): Cathy Wylie and Edith Hodgen, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: May 2009

On the Edge of Adulthood: Young people's school and out-of-school experiences at 16

On the Edge of Adulthood: Young people's school and out-of-school experiences at 16 Competent Children, Competent Learners is a longitudinal study which began in 1993 and follows the progress of a sample of around 500 New Zealand young people from early childhood education through schooling and beyond. This is the main report from the age-16 phase of the study and details students’ participation in school, their experiences of learning, and their achievement in terms of the study’s competency measures and their NCEA results. It also describes overall patterns of family life, friendships and interests out of school at age 16.

Author(s): Cathy Wylie, Rosemary Hipkins and Edith Hodgen, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: May 2009

On the Edge of Adulthood: Young people's school and out-of-school experiences at 16 (Technical report)

On the Edge of Adulthood: Young people's school and out-of-school experiences at 16 (Technical report) Competent Children, Competent Learners is a longitudinal study which began in 1993 and follows the progress of a sample of around 500 New Zealand young people from early childhood education through schooling and beyond. This technical report has been written to stand alongside the main report from the age-16 phase of the study, On the edge of adulthood: Young people’s school and out-of-school experiences at 16, and provides in-depth coverage of the methodology used to analyse the data and more details of the results.

Author(s): Edith Hodgen, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: May 2009

Student Perspectives on Leaving School, Pathways, and Careers

Student Perspectives on Leaving School, Pathways, and Careers Competent Children, Competent Learners is a longitudinal study which began in 1993 and follows the progress of a sample of around 500 New Zealand young people from early childhood education through schooling and beyond. This report focuses on what students at age 16 thought about leaving school, what their biggest concerns and most anticipated opportunities were, what they saw as the most likely barriers to having the kind of life they wanted, how they envisaged spending their first year out of school, what their occupational aspirations, connections, influences, and motivations were and what the idea of “career” meant to them.

Author(s): Karen Vaughan, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: May 2008

Early childhood education and young adult competencies at age 16

Early childhood education and young adult competencies at age 16 Technical report 2 from the age 16 phase of the longitudinal Competent Children, Competent Learners study. This report covers any impact still discernible at age 16, and provides the technical details of the analysis. The main findings of this analysis are included in the companion summary report.

Author(s): Edith Hodgen, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: August 2007

The Continuing contribution of early childhood education to young people's competency levels

The Continuing contribution of early childhood education to young people's competency levels This summary reports the key findings about the associations between early childhood education experience and young people’s competency levels at age 16

Author(s): Cathy Wylie and Edith Hodgen, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: August 2007

Competent Learners at 16: Competency levels and development over time - Technical Report

Competent Learners at 16: Competency levels and development over time - Technical Report The Competent Children, Competent Learners study is a longitudinal study of a sample of New Zealand young people, who have been followed from their final early childhood education centres in the Wellington region.

Author(s): Edith Hodgen, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: March 2007

Competent Learners at 16: Competency levels and development over time

Competent Learners at 16: Competency levels and development over time The Competent Children, Competent Learners project is a longitudinal study which began in 1993. It follows the progress of around 500 young people from early childhood education through into secondary school. The project is funded by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER).

Author(s): Cathy Wylie and Edith Hodgen, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: March 2007

Growing Independence: Summary of Key Findings from the Competent Learners at 14 Project

Growing Independence: Summary of Key Findings from the Competent Learners at 14 Project The Competent Children, Competent Learners project is funded by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER). It is a longitudinal study which focuses on a group of about 500 students from the greater Wellington region (Wellington, Hutt, Kapiti, Wairarapa).

Author(s): Janet Rivers, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Researchers: Cathy Wylie (Chief Researcher), Edith Hodgen, Hilary Ferral, Jean Thompson, Rachel Dingle and Rose Hipkins, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: March 2006

Growing Independence: Competent Learners at 14 - Technical Report

Growing Independence: Competent Learners at 14 - Technical Report This technical report has been written to stand alongside the fourth report on the Competent Children, Competent Learners study at 14, Growing Independence (Wylie & Hipkins, 2006). The report tells the story carried in the data, and this technical report provides the basis of the story: it describes the methodology used to analyse the data (and the software used to do so), and provides more detail of the results (more numbers to ponder over).

Author(s): Edith Hodgen, Hilary Ferral and Rachel Dingle, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: 2006

Growing Independence: Competent Learners at 14

Growing Independence: Competent Learners at 14 This report is one of four that describes the cohort at age 14, with analysis of the experiences and resources that are linked to differences in performance and engagement in school and learning in mid-adolescence in New Zealand.

Author(s): Cathy Wylie and Rose Hipkins, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: 2006

Contributions of early childhood education to age-14 performance

Contributions of early childhood education to age-14 performance This report adds to the research literature on the effects of early childhood education (ECE) by providing findings that show how differences in ECE experience are reflected in differences in performance at age 14, for the Competent Children, Competent Learners sample. In general, the difference between those who had the highest or most level of a particular aspect of ECE experience and others was around 9 percentage points (out of 100), which is a reasonable size difference.

Author(s): Cathy Wylie, Hilary Ferral, Edith Hodgen and Jean Thompson, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: 2006

Competencies at age 14 and competency development for the Competent Children, Competent Learners study sample

Competencies at age 14 and competency development for the Competent Children, Competent Learners study sample This report focuses on the competency levels and development of competencies for 475 14-year-olds, as part of the Competent Children, Competent Learners project, which is a longitudinal study of a sample of New Zealand young people who have been followed from their final early childhood education centres in the Wellington region.

Author(s): Cathy Wylie, Hilary Ferral, Edith Hodgen, and Jean Thompson, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: 2006

Completely Different or a Bigger Version? Experiences and Effects of the Transition to Secondary School

Completely Different or a Bigger Version? Experiences and Effects of the Transition to Secondary School Most of the Competent Children, Competent Learners study sample changed school when they went on to secondary level. This transition often involved some marked change in the characteristics of the school they attended—moving to a much larger school, or to a single-sex school. Friends were often lost in the process—but they were also gained. But secondary school offered students a wider range of experiences, rather than a totally new world.

Author(s): Cathy Wylie, Edith Hodgen and Hilary Ferral, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: 2006

Competent Children at 12

Competent Children at 12 This is the fifth report from the Competent Children longitudinal study, which is following a sample of Wellington region children as they grow from young children who attended an early childhood education centre, through their school attendance.

Author(s): Cathy Wylie, Jean Thompson, Edith Hodgen, Hilary Ferral, Cathy Lythe and Tineke Fijn, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: 2004

Competent Children at 10

Competent Children at 10 This is the fourth report from the Competent Children longitudinal study, which is following a sample of Wellington region children as they grow from young children who attended an early childhood education centre, through their school attendance.

Author(s): Cathy Wylie, Jean Thompson and Cathy Lythe, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: 2001


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