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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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Research projects

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Completed
2015
This research looked at current practice in environmental education in New Zealand schools using a range of methods. Three key goals of the research were to: analyse and present characteristics of environmental education practice in New Zealand schools to inform schools' environmental education programmes and practices; provide direction for the Ministry of Education and Government...
Completed
2015
This report from the Ka Whānau Mai Te Reo project puts the spotlight on te reo Māori at times of transition. It explores the diverse aspirations whānau have for their reo development and it looks at the pathways available to whānau to support those aspirations at three key points: starting school, moving from primary to secondary school, and moving beyond secondary school. The report is guided...
Completed
2015
How do people learn to become general practitioners, carpenters and engineering technicians? This report is based on the Knowing Practice project and explores practice-based learning (apprenticeship or vocational immersion) across three different fields. It is based on observations and interviews with 41 learner-practitioners and their workplace-based mentors, teachers, and advisors...
Completed
2015
This report explores teachers' practice and thinking about one of the eight principles in the New Zealand Curriculum, learning to learn. It draws on data from teachers' responses to NZCER's 2012 National Survey of Secondary Schools. The author discusses the meaning and potential of the phrase 'learning to learn' and uses the survey data to look at teachers' practice. The report includes ideas for...
Completed
2015
This is the second report in the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) Project Plus series. It looks at the 18 literacy-related projects in the early childhood and schools sector funded by the TLRI between 2003 and 2014. It considers what the community of researchers see as important in literacy teaching and learning, the problems to be tackled, the approaches taken and the new...
Completed
2015
Part of experiencing success as Māori within schools depends on having opportunities to learn and use te reo Māori and tikanga Māori. But how well do we provide for Māori students in English-medium schools? This report looks at whether provision differs in relation to the level of Māori enrolment in a school, using data from NZCER's National Surveys of primary and intermediate schools in 2013,...
Completed
2015
Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS) model in New Zealand is designed for the small number of children and young people with highly complex and challenging behaviour, social or education needs, including those with an intellectual difficulty. IWS is an ecological approach with students and family and whānau at the centre of the model. IWS supports students and families, and schools, and makes links...
Completed
Jul 2014
This  a summary report for schools, drawn from research and analysis by the Ministry of Education and an explorative study completed by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research into international capabilities for students in New Zealand schools.
Completed
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 contributed to their success. 
Completed
2014
Topics: Research, Teachers
This working paper sets out some of the early findings from a pilot project to explore the qualities that future-oriented teachers might need and how those qualities might be developed. The work began under an NZCER project called Back to the Future and is now part of a TLRI-funded project called On the Edge: Shifting Teachers' Paradigms for the Future.

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