ERIC Number: ED471336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Curves: Meeting Student Needs in an Evolving Qualifications Regime. From Cabbages to Kings: A First Report.
Hipkins, Rosemary; Vaughan, Karen
This report describes the first phase of a 3-year longitudinal case study to investigate how 6 selected schools in New Zealand meet their year 11 students' needs through the subject choices offered them. The study is set against the background of the introduction of the National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA), a new secondary-school qualifications regime. The report begins with a brief outline of the historical context of a set of wide-ranging reforms in New Zealand education within which the NCEA development is taking place. Following an outline of the research methodology, initial case-study data from each of the six participating schools is reported. The next section presents an analysis of the opinions of the heads of departments interviewed, organized by subject area: English, mathematics, science, technology, and the arts. An analysis of the overall patterns of student views is reported in the next section. The report concludes with a synthesis of the findings and a report on emerging issues and trends. At this stage of the study, questions remain about why the efforts of schools are not being regarded by the students enrolled there. Few clear patterns emerge. (Contains 3 appendices, 10 references, 11 tables, and 23 figures.) (WFA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Change, Federal Programs, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Remedial Instruction, Student Needs
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand