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Kearney, Alison; Mentis, Mandia; Holley-Boen, Wendy – New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 2017
The importance of the Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO) in facilitating inclusive and equitable education is well supported in the literature with many countries formalising the role through legislation and policy. New Zealand however, while adopting the role of SENCO, has not formalised this role, meaning that those in SENCO positions in New…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Autonomy, Special Needs Students, Coordinators
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Bruce, Howie; Horsley, Jenny – New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 2018
The New Zealand Curriculum (2007) states that all students have the right to learn in an environment that is inclusive and safe. Teachers in New Zealand are responsible for upholding these and many other values, ensuring that each student's "unique set of experiences, abilities and interests, and differences in how they learn" (Ministry…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, LGBTQ People, Student Rights, Educational Environment
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Thwaites, Trevor; McPhail, Graham – New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 2018
New Zealand secondary music teachers spend many hours each week in both preparing and training a variety of performance ensembles, often before school, during lunchtimes, after school, on weekends and during holidays. In many cases this can be regarded as unpaid labour, yet their efforts make a significant contribution to a school's life: its…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Music Teachers, Music Education, Music Activities
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Baines, Penelope; Yates, Anne – New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 2018
According to Autism New Zealand (n.d.) there are approximately 65,000 New Zealanders with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Despite this prevalence, Goodall (2014) notes "…teachers are still on a long journey to full acceptance of students on the autism spectrum as learners with potential" (p. 133). This research review considers three…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Teacher Attitudes
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Charteris, Jennifer; Smardon, Dianne – New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 2018
This article addresses school principal agency in a context of political reform, in particular, communities of learning. As agents in reform, Principals can be pressured to respond to government change agendas. Far from merely implementing policy, Principals can demonstrate agency in their interpretation and recontextualisation. Drawing data from…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Educational Change, Social Change
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Jenkin, Chris – New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 2017
The New Zealand early childhood curriculum (Ministry of Education, 1996) is presented as a bicultural curriculum, namely one honouring an equal relationship between Maori and non-Maori. This article examines definitions of biculturalism, drawing on research into the implementation of early childhood curriculum in mainstream centres in Aotearoa New…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Biculturalism, Foreign Countries, Pacific Islanders
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Bills, Andrew; Rogers, Bev; Giles, David – New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 2016
This article presents case study research into a New Zealand primary school enacting a very sophisticated whole school inquiry approach to enhance teacher classroom professionalism and practice. A culture of inquiry manifests as an ontological 'way of being' in this school community, in the daily professional interactions between the teachers and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inquiry, Teacher Researchers, Teaching Methods
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Stewart, Georgina – New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 2017
This article is written for school teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand schools who teach science to Year 7-10 students or as part of a primary classroom programme under The New Zealand Curriculum. What can teachers do about inequity in science education for Maori students? Clear understanding of this complex issue is required, so this article offers…
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Elementary Secondary Education
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Patrix, Melanie; Benade, Leon – New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 2018
The policy intent of the New Zealand Ministry of Education to develop innovative learning environments (ILEs) is underpinned by the belief that changing the physical environment will change pedagogy by enabling collaborative teaching and learning (Benade, 2017b). This policy intent is driven by the pressure to prepare students with '21st-century…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Cooperative Learning, Physical Environment, 21st Century Skills
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Ding, Qun – New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 2016
The number of Chinese students studying abroad has increased. Chinese international students have constituted the largest proportion of overseas students in New Zealand (Zhang, 2013). Little research has been done concerning those undertaking doctoral study. The study I have proposed to do thus intends to explore the experiences of Chinese…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Doctoral Students, Asians
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Carlyon, Tracey; Branson, Christopher – New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 2018
Despite the availability of an abundant amount of guiding literature, only about 30% of planned educational changes are successful. Clearly there is something essential missing from our understanding of how to successfully lead educational change. A review of the literature provides an awareness that success is far more likely if the leader pays…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Success, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Rix, Grant; Bernay, Ross – New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 2014
This study investigated the effects of an eight-week mindfulness in schools programme delivered in five primary schools in New Zealand. The participants included 126 students ranging in age from 6-11 years old and six classroom teachers. The programme was developed by one of our researchers (Rix) to align with The New Zealand Curriculum (Ministry…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Relaxation Training, Metacognition
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Hemi, Wendy; Mortlock, Anita – New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 2017
Despite mandates that require schools to be safe places for all students, issues persist around the provision of safety for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-sexual, and trans-gendered students and staff. The current study reports the initial two stages of an action research project undertaken in a New Zealand secondary school, which aimed to enhance…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, LGBTQ People, Educational Environment
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Trinick, Robyn; Joseph, Dawn – New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 2017
Initial teacher educators seek to manage curriculum coverage within the time constraints of initial teacher education (ITE) courses. As a result, considered choices need to be made regarding content and pedagogical approaches based on what ITE educators deem to be valuable, memorable and transferrable. Using narrative methodology, two tertiary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Educators
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Vermunt, Jenny – New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 2016
Teaching as Inquiry is a framework in the New Zealand Curriculum for guiding teachers' professional decision-making and actions (Ministry of Education, 2007). It has been included in initial teacher preparation courses to assist student teachers to practice in a way that focuses on their pupils' learning, and their own professional learning from…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Values, Inquiry, Secondary School Teachers
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