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Darr, Charles – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2019
The New Zealand Government has announced a change package in response to a recent review of the National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA). In this article, Charles Darr, a chief researcher at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, outlines several elements of standards-based assessment that can usefully inform NCEA's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, National Standards
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Fasavalu, Talitiga Ian; Thornton, Kate – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2019
Pacific students' success has been under discussion by Pacific scholars for decades and, using traditional academic measures, their academic success does not compare well with other ethnic groups. Despite the identification of this problem, specific and practical actions to counter it appear not to be well understood by classroom teachers. This…
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Indigenous Populations, Success, Culturally Relevant Education
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Clune, Megan – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2019
Adding Digital Technologies curriculum content into primary classrooms may feel, to many primary teachers, like a new burden and more work--but many aspects of computational thinking can be explored in the context of our existing mathematics programmes. This article highlights the connection between computational thinking and mathematics, and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Computation, Cognitive Processes
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Lowman, Chris – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2019
Common approaches to language teaching in many New Zealand schools typically show a lack of attention to students' own language-learning strategies. This article argues that the success or otherwise of language immersion programmes, in particular within Maori-medium educational settings, depend as much on the skills and strategies of the student…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Strategies, Language of Instruction, National Curriculum
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Rimoni, Fuapepe; Averill, Robin – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2019
"Respect" is a value that underpins Pasifika ways of being, Pasifika learner success and wellbeing, and strong home-school partnerships with Pasifika families and communities. When teachers acknowledge and respond appropriately to students' Pasifika values, such as respect, learning is enhanced and cultural identity nourished. To inform…
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Social Values, Interpersonal Relationship, Prosocial Behavior
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Reynolds, Martyn – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2019
If schools wish to be more inclusive by reflecting the communities they serve, paying deliberate attention to embedded values can be helpful. This article describes thinking and actions set in a school with a history of attending to values. It suggests that when consulting on values, the ethics of critical research can enhance the process of…
Descriptors: Values, Leadership Responsibility, Ethics, Research
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O'Hagan, Andrea; Dyer, Elaine – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2019
Jade Speaks Up is an Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)-funded programme. It supports teachers to use process drama and other activities to introduce the topic of domestic violence while at the same time developing emotional literacy, trust, and self-calming skills. This article draws on qualitative and quantitative evaluation data to show…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Drama, Health Education, Family Violence
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Togiatama-Otto, Pennie – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2019
This article describes a study that captured the voices of six Niuean boys and their views on senior secondary schooling and the pursuit of higher education in New Zealand. Their tutala give insight into their relationships, identity, career goals, family support, and church life. With growing emphasis on culturally responsive pedagogy, this study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Males, Pacific Islanders
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Yukich, Rose – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2019
Inspired by my research into the government-sponsored Curriculum Review Committee of the mid-1980s, this article considers the possibilities of the Treaty of Waitangi as a "warm idea" for educators. Composed mainly of teachers, the committee was responsible for writing the Treaty into a national curriculum principle for the first time.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Committees, Educational Principles
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Clark, Judy – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2019
The PM Benchmark Reading Assessment Resource (PM Benchmarks) provides information about primary students' level of achievement in reading accurately, fluently, and in understanding unseen texts. As part of the assessment, students have to orally retell what they have read and orally answer comprehension questions. This oral use of language…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Elementary School Students, Reading Achievement, Reading Fluency
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Davis, Alison – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2019
The purpose of this article is to explore the concept of student agency when applied to learning across "The New Zealand Curriculum" (Ministry of Education, 2007). To explore agency the author presents and describes a range of teaching pedagogies that are based on principles of intrinsic motivation. The author describes, with examples,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Personal Autonomy, Learning Motivation, Foreign Countries
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Feekery, Angela; Jeffrey, Carla – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2019
Evaluating information quality is a key skill students need to develop as they navigate the complex information landscape. Students need to develop an awareness of effective ways to evaluate information given the abundance of information (and misinformation) available online. This article introduces the Rauru Whakarare Evaluation Framework, which…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Pacific Islanders, Indigenous Populations, Indigenous Knowledge
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Fawcett, Darcy – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2019
This Assessment News article introduces readers to a statistical approach to making sense of student assessment data in order to help teachers understand whether or not changes in practice have made a difference to learning. It Worked! is the brainchild of Darcy Fawcett, HoD Science at Gisborne Boys' High School, and Across-School Teacher for the…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Use, Evidence Based Practice, Communities of Practice
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Logan, Maree; Anthony, Glenda; Rawlins, Peter – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2019
This article is based on a case study conducted within a newly established Year 7 and Year 8 innovative learning environment (ILE). Drawing on the voices of students and teachers, this article explores ways teachers and students learnt together, collectively moulding a suitable fit for mathematics learning within their ILE. Of interest was how the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Student Participation
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Karaka-Clarke, Te Hurinui Renata – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2019
English-medium schools often find successful engagement with their Maori hapori and whanau challenging. This article endeavours to provide guidance to schools wanting to successfully and authentically engage with their Maori hapori and whanau. It suggests that adopting the powhiri ritual as the foundation of their whanau engagement strategy can…
Descriptors: Indigenous Knowledge, Pacific Islanders, Teaching Methods, Culturally Relevant Education
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