Linda Bonne

Research Projects

29 Jan 18
Completed
with: New Zealand Council for Educational Research: NZCER categories: ResearchPrimary EducationPacific PeopleCulture

The NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 included a number of questions that asked specifically about matters related to Pasifika students, Pasifika families, or Pasifika cultural activities at school. We have brought the responses to these questions together for researchers working in Pasifika education.

30 Aug 17
Completed
with: New Zealand Council for Educational Research: NZCER categories: ResearchPrimary EducationSchools

This report presents the main findings from the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools, conducted in July and August 2013. It reports on the views of principals, teachers, boards of trustees and parents. It covers many aspects of school experience, including school resources, school interactions with government agencies, the New Zealand Curriculum in schools, National Standards, student wellbeing, and use of technology.

28 Aug 17
Completed
with: New Zealand Council for Educational Research: NZCER categories: ResearchEmployment & LabourEducation & Training

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:

  1. GP registrars in the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners’ (RNZCGP) General Practice Education Programme
  2. carpentry apprentices in managed apprenticeships with the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO)
  3. engineering technician cadets employed by engineering companies associated with the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand’s (IPENZ) Futureintech initiative

The significant learning experiences discussed by participants were detailed and specific to their field. However, those experiences also had many similarities: they almost always revealed the big picture and integrated aspects of practice. They had a memorable, 'no going back' quality. Sometimes they involved painful or counter-intuitive realisations about themselves and their work. 

To understand these aspects of capability development, the authors developed the idea of vocational thresholds: transformational learning experiences that do not just involve knowledge and ability to do things but involve a way to be as a GP, carpenter or engineering technician. There are implications for the kinds of experiences learner-practitioners are exposed to, and when, as well as the deliberate practice opportunities provided.

28 Aug 17
Completed
with: New Zealand Council for Educational Research: NZCER categories: ResearchSecondary Education

This is a comprehensive picture of the current experiences and challenges for secondary schools in New Zealand. It presents the findings from NZCER's national survey of secondary schools, conducted in July and August 2015.  It includes the perspectives of principals, teachers, parents and board of trustee members on a wide range of issues.

28 Aug 17
Completed
with: New Zealand Council for Educational Research: NZCER categories: ResearchEducation & TrainingPrimary Education

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 their views on its impact and value. Some trustees and parents and whānau were also surveyed.