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ERIC Number: ED412954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
It's the Same the Whole World Over: Bridging the Gap in New Zealand.
Probert, Elizabeth; Fowler, John
Since 1990, education in New Zealand has undergone dramatic changes. A new K-12 framework has been put in place with the curriculum divided into Essential Learning Areas and Essential Skills Areas. For the first time, all students are required to develop information skills. However, New Zealand has never had a tradition of full-time teacher-librarians. There is now a diploma course for teacher-librarianship, but most high school teacher-librarians have only five hours per week to spend in the library. Primary school teachers usually have no release time from classes. This paper shows how New Zealand teachers and school libraries are facing the challenge. It discusses the history of education in New Zealand and provides background on teacher-librarian training in New Zealand. The paper also provides two personal experiences in bridging the gap between teaching and librarianship, at King's College and Pakuranga College in Auckland, New Zealand. While many schools have yet to come to grips with the requirements of the new curriculum, others have already had whole staff training in the teaching of information skills. Teachers, realizing the need for change, are driving the implementation of the new curriculum. School libraries and trained teacher-librarians in New Zealand are destined to play a vitally important and increasingly central role in the education of all students in years to come. (SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand