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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
2008
This is a thematic report drawing together responses from our 2006 survey of secondary schools, and the 2007 survey of primary schools. Each survey questioned principals, teachers, board of trustee members, and parents. The areas covered in the report include curriculum priorities in primary and secondary schools, use of ICT, innovation and barriers to innovation, and views about national...
Completed
2008
The survey reports the views of teachers/educators from education and care centres, kindergartens, playcentres, and home-based services, and from a small number of Kōhanga Reo, along with the views of parents.
Completed
2008
Topics: Evaluation, Schools
The two survey reports are: NZCER evaluation of the Regional Education for Enterprise (E4E) Clusters - Report on teacher and lead teacher survey data from Term 4, 2007 NZCER evaluation of the Regional Education for Enterprise (E4E) Clusters - Report on student survey data from Term 4, 2007 These two mini reports are part of a two-year evaluation of Phase Two of the Regional Education...
Completed
2008
The survey reports the views of teachers/educators from education and care centres, kindergartens, playcentres, and home-based services, and from a small number of kohanga reo, along with the views of parents. This report looks at aspects of early childhood education provision, including opening hours and enrolments patterns, funding, teacher workload and morale, and management issues. The...
Completed
Nov 2007
This report is an overview of the data from our survey of New Zealand primary schools, which was conducted in June 2007.  Two detailed reports from the data will be published next year. The survey questions teachers, principals, board of trustee members and parents on all aspects of primary schools, including funding levels, curriculum, job satisfaction and use of ICT.
Completed
2007
This report provides evidence of the extent of course innovation in the senior secondary school, as at July 2007. This evidence has been gathered to inform the work of the Ministry of Education as they make wider policy decisions about senior secondary education. The report documents the findings of a web-based survey used to take a snapshot of the extent of subject and assessment...
Completed
2007
This is a report on a one-year action research project aimed at encouraging and strengthening children's Samoan language and literacy learning within an a'oga amata.  It reports on:  the beliefs teachers held about language acquisition and early literacy the action research process the changes that occured in the teachers' pedagogical practice The main approaches...
Completed
2007
This survey provides an important baseline picture of all early childhood services, with the exception of kōhanga reo, at the beginning of a period of considerable change in the sector. NZCER will build on the baseline with a second survey, due to begin later this year. The survey was a stratified random sample of 531 early childhood services, including kindergartens, playcentres, home-based...
Completed
2007
This research report details the findings of a national survey of provisionally registered teachers on the advice and guidance practices and programmes that were experienced during the first two years of teaching. The survey, along with a number of focus group interviews, provides an in-depth view of the nature of professional learning and assessment during the early years of teaching.
Completed
2007
This paper draws on the findings of a number of national surveys of primary schools conducted by NZCER since 1989, and in secondary schools since 2003. It includes new analysis from the latest 2006 survey of secondary schools, which questioned principals, trustees, teachers and parents. The paper also looks at other evidence about how boards of trustees are faring, including Education Review...

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