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Peter, Mira; Harlow, Ann – Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, 2014
This project explored teaching and learning of hard-to-learn threshold concepts in first-year English, an electrical engineering course, leadership courses, and in doctoral writing. The project was envisioned to produce disciplinary case studies that lecturers could use to reflect on and refine their curriculum and pedagogy, thereby contributing…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, English Instruction, Engineering Education, Leadership Training
Hipkins, Rosemary – Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, 2014
This is the first report from a new initiative called TLRI Project Plus. It aims to add value to the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI), which NZCER manages on behalf of the government, by synthesising findings across multiple projects. This report focuses on two projects in statistics education and explores the factors that…
Descriptors: Statistics, Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Research
Crocket, Kathie; KotzĂ©, Elmarie; Hughes, Colin; Graham, Judith; Burke, Alison – Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, 2014
Schools are currently working through the implications of the New Zealand Curriculum and its translations into practice. To date there has been little discussion of the contributions of school guidance counseling. For learning and teaching to become a collective, whole-school endeavour, Cowie at el., (2011) suggested, "cross-fertilisation of…
Descriptors: School Counselors, Counselor Role, Foreign Countries, Counseling Techniques
Lai, Kwok-Wing – Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, 2014
In 2012-2013, sixteen senior secondary classes participated in this study, with eight of them being distance classes. Approximately 220 Year 11-13 students and 8 teachers took part in this study. This project aimed at designing and evaluating a computer-supported knowledge building community in senior secondary classes. Researchers sought to…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement
Carr, Margaret; Clarkin-Phillips, Jeanette; Thomas, Rebecca; Armstrong, Garth; Beer, Alison; Crowe, Neil; Fruean, Lou; Greene, Bridie; Lowe, Jo; O'Brien, Cheri; Perrot, Carly; Shepherd, Andrea; Tinning, Andrea; Twaddle, Fiona; Waitai, Maiangi; Wiles, Joy – Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, 2014
In this project, the research team--a collaboration between teacher researchers and university researchers--was interested in finding out about how "children as teachers" might engage their "families as learners" at a museum. This project had two parts. First, it was about young children as museum guides, explaining their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Museums, Action Research, Parents
Hedges, Helen; Cooper, Maria – Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, 2014
This project/report partnered researchers with teachers from two centres to explore and theorise understandings of children's inquiries and working theories. This project investigated the following questions: (1) What is the nature and content of infants', toddlers' and young children's inquiries and working theories in relation to their everyday…
Descriptors: Childhood Interests, Inquiry, Infants, Toddlers
Lines, David; Naughton, Chris; Roder, John; Matapo, Jacoba; Whyte, Marjolein; Liao, Tiffany – Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, 2014
This project/report worked with three early childhood education centres who have adopted the Reggio Emilia philosophy of educational practice. Each centre works with children and parents in close collaboration and all the staff and centre management are committed to the project. The aim of this project was to work with each centre in developing…
Descriptors: Reggio Emilia Approach, Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy, Theater Arts
Locke, Terry; Cawkwell, Gail; Sila'ila'i, Emilie – Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, 2009
This Teaching and Learning Initiative (TLRI) research project explored ways of teaching literature effectively in multicultural and multilingual classrooms. It involved primary and secondary school teacher-researchers working in partnership with university-based researchers over two years on a series of case studies, within an action research…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Action Research, Multilingualism, Foreign Countries
Clarkin-Phillips, Jeanette; Carr, Margaret – Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, 2009
This project came about after discussions with the general manager of the Wellington Region Free Kindergarten Association and Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips (University of Waikato) about setting up a research partnership to support the teachers at Taitoko Kindergarten in Levin. The teachers were establishing an integrated community centre (the whanau…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Action Research, Pilot Projects, Parent Workshops
McNaughton, Stuart; Lai, Mei Kuin; Amituanai-Toloa, Meaola; Farry, Sasha – Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, 2008
This study represents a systematic replication of a previous intervention which took place in schools in Mangere from 2003 to 2005. (McNaughton, MacDonald, Maituanai-Toloa, Lai, & Farry, 2006). The contexts and theoretical rationale are the same for the present study as those for the original Mangere study. The authors have repeated that…
Descriptors: Replication (Evaluation), Reading Comprehension, Intervention, Literacy
McDonald, Trevor; Thornley, Christina; Fitzpatrick, Rosi; Elia, Angie; Stevens, Saria; Teulilo, Gloria; Johnston, Sue; Woock, Sandy; Selbie, Paul; McDonald, Lyn; Pullar, Ken; Pullar, Maree; Low, Helen – Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, 2008
This project aimed to identify a variety of literacy-teaching approaches that could be used in secondary content-area classrooms to improve the achievement of a wide range of students. Specifically, the project aimed to investigate: (1) literacy and the extent to which a focus on improved teacher knowledge and practice would lead to increases in…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers
Carr, Margaret; Peters, Sally; Davis, Keryn; Bartlett, Claire; Bashford, Nadine; Berry, Paula; Greenslade, Susie; Molloy, Sue; O'Connor, Nikki; Simpson, Mere; Smith, Yvonne; Williams, Tina; Wilson-Tukaki, Andrea – Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, 2008
The overarching aim of this research in the proposal was the following: In a number of early childhood centres and early years school classrooms that have already begun to explore in this area, to investigate effective pedagogy designed to develop five learning competencies over time. This project was developed in response to curriculum reform in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Government Role, Educational Policy
Chandler, Robyn; Tobias, Robert; Boyd, Vivienne; Cates, Julie; Shanahan, Kellie; Solomon, Cathy – Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, 2008
This study began in the Spring of 2003, when the Canterbury Adult Basic Education Research Network (CABERN), an informal cross-sector network of local adult literacy researchers and practitioners, sent out a questionnaire. The questionnaire addressed potential respondents by asking: "Are you a tutor engaged in any aspect of adult…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Focus Groups, Adult Basic Education, Questionnaires
Forret, Michael; Eames, Chris; Coll, Richard – Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, 2007
This research aims to build upon current research in the area of teaching and learning at tertiary level and explore the nature of learning communities in tertiary science and engineering. This study uses a sociocultural approach to address the following question: "What are teachers' and learners' perceptions of the nature of the learning…
Descriptors: Class Size, Case Studies, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
Haynes, Maggie; Cardno, Carol; Craw, Janita – Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, 2007
The overall aim of the project was to engage early childhood teachers in investigating and improving their expertise in the teaching and learning of mathematics. The intention of the project was to develop a research environment through which researchers and kindergarten teachers worked collaboratively, using action research methodology, to…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Collaboration