Enhancing and Igniting Talent Development Initiatives: Research to determine effectiveness

Publication Details

This report presents the findings from research involving five Talent Development Initiatives for improving outcomes for gifted and talented students or their teachers. The purpose of the research was to consider how well the objectives of each participating initiative had been achieved, how the initiative contributed to improved outcomes for gifted and talented learners or their teachers, and how planning to continue to meet the learners’ needs after 2008 had been considered.

Author(s): Prepared by Tracy Riley and Roger Moltzen [Massey University] for the Ministry of Education

Date Published: March 2010

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Enhancing and Igniting Talent Development Initiatives: Research to Determine Programme Effectiveness New Zealand Marine Studies Centre

Information Sheet

A team of researchers, directed by Dr Tracy Riley of Massey University and Dr Roger Moltzen of the University of Waikato, has been contracted by the Ministry of Education to evaluate five Talent Development Initiatives. This three-year research project is based on participatory action research and multiple case study design. The central goal of this evaluation is improvement of programmes for gifted and talented students through cycles of data collection, reflection/analysis/feedback, and problem formulation over a three-year period.

The New Zealand Marine Studies Centre (NZMSC) has been selected as one of the five programmes for evaluation. The research team members are: Dr Tracy Riley (Massey University), Dr David Keen (Dunedin College of Education), Mr Steve Cutler (NZMSC), Ms Brenda Bicknell (Massey University) and Mr Bill MacIntyre (Massey University). The overall research objective is to determine the effect of the Year 10 programmes on student outcomes. All participants (teachers and students) will be invited to contribute to the evaluation and to provide written consent. As a teacher in this programme, you are invited to participate.

The methods of data collection will include pre/post-assessment; observations (possibly videotaped); interviews (audiotaped individual and focus group); self/peer/audience assessment; document analysis; and questionnaires. The data will be collected throughout the programme and during six on-site visits between now and December 2008. In 2007 visits are planned during the May, July and October blocks. The researchers will ensure that your involvement in interviews and completing questionnaires will be limited and will not interfere with your participation in the Marine Studies programme. Observations of the programme 'in action' will take place during the on-site visits and using observation checklists developed by the researchers. Documents to be analysed include programme policies and plans; milestone reports; programme evaluation data; and teachers' reports, self-reflections, planning and notes

All data will be stored in locked filing cabinets and/or password protected computer files at Massey University and the University of Waikato. The data will be stored for a period of five years and then destroyed. The data will be analysed by the researchers and reported in milestone reports, the final report, and any publications and presentations arising from this research. The NZMSC will be named in the final report to the Ministry of Education, but individual participants will not be named (rather pseudonyms will be used). A summary of the project findings will be made available to the Marine Studies Centre.

You are under no obligation to accept this invitation to participate in this evaluation. If you decide to participate, you have the right to:

  • decline to answer any particular question;
  • withdraw from the study at any time;
  • ask any questions about the study at any time during participation;
  • provide information on the understanding that your name will not be used unless you give permission to the researcher;
  • be given access to a summary of the project findings when it is concluded;
  • ask for the audio or video tape to be turned off at any time during the interview.

Completion and return of questionnaires implies consent. You have the right to decline to answer any particular question.

If you have any questions regarding this research, please contact the project Directors:

  1. Dr Tracy Riley, Massey University, Department of Learning and Teaching, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North, 06-350-5799 extn. 8625. Email: T.L.Riley@massey.ac.nz
  2. Dr Roger Moltzen, The University of Waikato, School of Education, Department of Human Development and Counselling, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, 07-838-4500 extn. 4695. Email:  rim@waikato.ac.nz

This project has been evaluated by peer review and judged to be low risk. Consequently, it has not been reviewed by one of the University's Human Ethics Committees. The researchers named above are responsible for the ethical conduct of this research.

If you have any concerns about the conduct of this research that you wish to raise with someone other than the researcher(s), please contact Professor Sylvia Rumball, Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor (Ethics and Equity), telephone 06 350 5249. Email: humanethicspn@massey.ac.nz 

Enhancing and Igniting Talent Development Initiatives:
Research to Determine Programme Effectiveness
New Zealand Marine Studies Centre


This consent form will be held for a period of five (5) years

I have read the Information Sheet and have had the details of the study explained to me. My questions have been answered to my satisfaction, and I understand that I may ask further questions at any time.

I agree/do not agree interviews being audio taped.

I wish/do not wish to have my tapes returned to me.

I agree/do not agree to being video taped.

I agree to not disclose anything discussed in the Focus Group.

I agree to participate in this study under the conditions set out in the Information Sheet. 

Signature: .......................................................... Date: ............................

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