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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
2007
From 2003, schools have been required to gather data on student learning and engagement, and to use it to set goals for boosting student achievement. This is known as the planning and reporting (PAR) framework. This report looks at what the PAR framework has meant for primary and secondary schools, and its initial impact on teacher practices and learning. The report combines findings from two...
Completed
2007
This report summarises the findings from the first year of the Healthy Futures evaluation of the Ministry of Health’s Fruit in Schools (FiS) initiative. This report draws together the perspectives of key stakeholders to inform policy and practice, and contribute to the ongoing development of FiS. Healthy Futures is a multi-method longitudinal study which incorporates aspects of formative (...
Completed
2007
This is the second major thematic report drawing on findings from our 2006 NZCER National Survey of Secondary Schools. It analysed the responses given by parents, trustees, teachers and principals, to questions in the survey related to the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). The report found strong levels of support for NCEA among principals (89 percent) and teachers (60...
Completed
2006
The Innovative Pathways from School study was designed to address an information gap about the programmes that support “at-risk” students at low-decile secondary schools to make successful transitions from school to the workforce or further education. This research started in 2002 and tracked a sample of students from seven schools, as they completed vocational Year 12 and 13 programmes, and in...
Completed
2006
This research, undertaken by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER), was funded by the Ministry of Research Science and Technology (MoRST) and used to inform its ongoing policy work. They wanted to know who took Year 13 science subjects and why, and to find out about the factors that influence students to keep studying sciences at tertiary level (or not). The research had two...
Completed
2006
This report identifies and discusses the many interwoven factors that impact on students’ decision making with regard to the ongoing study of sciences, both in the final year of secondary school, and on transition to tertiary level studies.  
Completed
2006
This project in six early childhood education centres combined professional development with action research to support ways in which teachers, and parents and whānau worked together to enhance children’s learning and wellbeing.  Where partnerships with parents developed, consciously formulated actions and strategies created a welcoming environment. Parents identified affective factors as...
Completed
2006
Topics: Research, Schools
In this paper, Cathy Wylie examines the history and impact of school choice policies in New Zealand. Although 91% of primary students and 84% of secondary students attend their first choice school, roughly 30% of students do not attend schools closest to their homes, suggesting there is some competition for students between schools. Low-income schools are less likely to produce qualified...
Completed
2006
Pathways and Prospects is a 4-year study of young people's pathway and career experiences and perspectives after leaving school and entering study/training and the workforce. This report analyses two years worth of in-depth interviews with 114 young people in employment, the army, apprenticeship, university, and youth training. It focuses on how they make career choices in relation to the...
Completed
2006
The Zooming in on Learning in the Digital Age (ZILDA) research programme aims to 'zoom in' - or dig down deeper - into issues surrounding 'digital age learning'. The goal of the first phase of the ZILDA research was to zoom in on the views and experiences of 'digital age learners'. 

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