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New Zealand Council for Educational Research: NZCER

NZCER is Aotearoa New Zealand’s independent, statutory education research and development organisation established in 1934. The NZCER Act 1972 requires the organisation to carry out and disseminate education research and provide information and advice.  We conduct research and evaluation work with a range of public and private sector clients. We also produce research-based products such as tests, journals, books and services such as online testing, surveys, test marking and analysis.

Our revenue comes from a  government grant, from contestable research contracts and from sales of our products and services. The government grant, which amounts to about 15 percent of our total income, enables us to build a coherent, future-focused research programme that complements and enhances our contract work. We bid for work that aligns with our areas of expertise and that we believe will inform and support learning and the work of teachers.

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Completed
Nov 2017
Ka whānau mai te reo: Kei tua o te kura—Understanding how tertiary education organisations are supporting the transitions of reo Māori learners and speakers completes the series of research reports looking at the transitions between education organisations, from pre-school to tertiary. Ka whānau mai te reo: Kei tua o te kura focuses on whānau experiences of reo Māori education in tertiary...
Completed
Feb 2017
This report presents findings from a research project focusing on a group of 21 apprentices undertaking the new Careerforce apprenticeship programme, the Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing. These apprentices are among the first to embark on the apprenticeship programme. NZCER explored the following questions: 1. How does the apprenticeship programme contribute to work...
Completed
2017
This report looks at the role of digital technologies for learning in primary and intermediate schools. The report draws on data from the NZCER National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools, which was conducted in late August and early September 2016. The survey asked how digital technology is being used, how it could be used, and what it means for teaching and learning. The survey...
Completed
2017
This report details the results of an investigation into the school-based assessment, PAT: Reading Comprehension, which has recently gone online. NZCER wanted to know whether the test items behaved in similar ways in the online and paper-based modes, and whether there was any difference in student scores.
Completed
2017
This report describes sampling and analysis details for the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016, as well as respondent characteristics and characteristics of the schools with which respondents are associated. It supports the individual thematic reports that use the 2016 National Survey data.
Completed
Aug 2016
This is the third annual evaluation report of the Teach First NZ programme pilot, delivered in partnership with the University of Auckland. It confirms that the Teach First NZ programme continues to be effectively and efficiently implemented. Teach First NZ and the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education continue to find ways to strengthen the programme and to ensure it is well known and...
Completed
May 2016
This is a comprehensive picture of the current experiences and challenges for secondary schools in New Zealand. It presents the findings from NZCER's national survey of secondary schools, conducted in July and August 2015.  It includes the perspectives of principals, teachers, parents and board of trustee members on a wide range of issues.
Completed
2016
This report presents findings from a case study at Pakuranga Intermediate on their collaboration with a group of performing and visual artists in 2012-2014. It's part of a wider NZCER investigation into successful and sustained collaborations between schools, communities and professional experts. We were interested in exploring the extent to which the new kinds of partnerships and...
Completed
2016
This is the first thematic report from the NZCER National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools 2016 and explores the involvement of schools in the new Communities of Learning (CoL). The survey was conducted from August to early September 2016 and included a representative sample of English-medium state and state-integrated primary and intermediate schools. The survey gathers the views of...
Completed
2016
This report presents findings from a case study of Owairaka District School's collaboration with their community as part of the Garden to Table programme and other initiatives. It is the second case study NZCER has carried out as part of a wider project looking at successful and sustained collaborations between New Zealand schools and community and professional experts. The research included...

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