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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
2009
Topics: Evaluation, Schools
This is the final report from the Evaluation of the Regional E4E Cluster Initiative, carried out for the Ministry of Education, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Tindall Foundation. The cluster initiative was specifically set up as an innovative space for schools and regions to work collaboratively to set their own goals and test out different approaches to E4E. Our approach was to look...
Completed
2009
Topics: Evaluation, Schools
Two mini reports were part of a two-year evaluation of Phase Two of the Regional Education for Enterprise (E4E) Clusters Initiative. The initiative’s overall aim was to embed an enterprising culture within clusters of schools nationwide based on characteristics of their communities. NZCER is tracking and supporting developments in four clusters: Northland, West Coast, Nelson, and Manukau. The...
Completed
2009
This report is the outcome of a research project undertaken in response to widespread concerns about the educational programmes currently offered in many Māori medium secondary schooling contexts. These concerns are reflected in the large drop-off in number of enrolled students that occurs in the Māori medium sector at a national level between Year 8 and Year 9. The project centres on the...
Completed
2009
Two mini reports were part of a two-year evaluation of Phase Two of the Regional Education for Enterprise (E4E) Clusters Initiative. The initiative’s overall aim was to embed an enterprising culture within clusters of schools nationwide based on characteristics of their communities. NZCER is tracking and supporting developments in four clusters: Northland, West Coast, Nelson, and Manukau. The...
Completed
2009
This is a thematic report from our national survey series and covers issues such as school funding, staffing, culture and connections between schools and with educational agencies. It draws on NZCER’s 2006 national survey of secondary schools and the 2007 survey of primary schools.
Completed
2009
Topics: Research, Teachers
This investigation was an exploration of a small group of teachers’ interpretations of self-assessment, both in theory and in practice. Teachers talked about their beliefs about self-assessment, the extent to which they supported the use of self-assessment strategies in their classrooms, and ways they went about this. They identified conditions that were enabling for student self-assessment, as...
Completed
2009
Healthy Futures is the evaluation of the Ministry of Health’s Fruit in Schools (FiS) initiative. This evaluation was conducted by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research and Health Outcomes International. This project is split into three reports: The changing face of Fruit in Schools: The 2008 case studies  summarises the 2008 case studies and presents stories of six FiS schools...
Completed
2009
Topics: Research, Teachers
This working paper is a snapshot of my thinking on a small exploratory project called Thinking Together to Become 21st Century Teachers. This project is part of a much larger programme of work at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) that is investigating the nature and demands of teaching in the 21st century, looking in particular at how people educated to work in 20th century...
Completed
Aug 2008
The Early Childhood Education Information and Communication Technology Professional Learning Programme (ECE ICT PLP) is a three year pilot professional development programme established in 2006. The overarching goal of the ECE ICT PL Programme is increased teacher capability (with particular emphasis on ICT capability) that leads to transformation and the development of a community of practice;...
Completed
Jun 2008
This report describes the findings of a research project designed to improve understanding of the key elements of successful  home–school partnerships and how they operate in some different school settings. The project includes a review of evidence and an empirical research component. The review of evidence draws on seven international case studies that have data linking home–school...

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