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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
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...
Completed
2016
This report comes from an exploratory project looking at professional learning and development for primary science teachers. In recent years there has been increased interest in science in New Zealand for social and economic reasons. However, there has been concern that the primary school system is not preparing students as well as it could in science. Recent research suggests that many...
Commissioned
2016
This is an evaluation of the MY FRIENDS Youth programme in New Zealand trial schools. The evaluation focused on whether the programme was implemented as intended, the progress made towards short-term outcomes, and whether the programme was a fit with the New Zealand educational and cultural context. The evaluation was done for the Ministry of Education by NZCER in partnership with ...
Completed
2016
This report looks at how National Standards are viewed and used in primary and intermediate schools in 2016, almost seven years since they were introduced. It 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 principals and teachers how National Standards data was being used and...
Completed
2016
This is the third case study from a research project on successful and sustained collaborations between New Zealand schools and community and professional experts. The report looks at Epuni Primary School's collaboration with community members, including a partnership with a community initiative called the Common Unity Project Aotearoa.
Completed
2016
This paper draws on a 3-year evaluation of induction and mentoring in New Zealand early childhood education settings and schools conducted by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) for the New Zealand Teachers Council (the Council), now called the Education Council Aotearoa New Zealand. The study sought to establish the impact of Council resources on shifting mentoring from...
Completed
2016
This is a series of three reports that draw on data from NZCER's PATs to explore student achievement and progress in Aotearoa New Zealand. Two of the reports use PAT: Mathematics data. One explores the consistency of teacher judgements against National Standards, the other simulates patterns of student progress in National Stanards. The third one uses data from PAT: Reading Comprehension...
Completed
2016
WAPA is a network of West Auckland schools which have worked together since 2009.  NZCER has worked alongside them to look at WAPA's progress and what supports it. The paper contains insights for the new Communities of Learning networks.
Completed
Apr 2015
The Sport in Education initiative was introduced by Sport NZ in 2013 to demonstrate the contribution that the context and concepts of sport can make to enhancing teaching and learning for schools and students. Eight schools were chosen to demonstrate that this approach is equally valid across genders, geographic locations, roll sizes and differing socioeconomic environments. This report...
Completed
2015
Science capabilities are a set of ideas for teachers to think with about science education. There are five: gathering and interpreting data, using evidence, critiquing evidence, interpreting representations of science, and engaging with science. This paper explores what student progress in developing capabilities might look like. It draws on student responses from a small research project...

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