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The Ministry of Education is committed to aligning policy and practice to improve students’ achievement.  It must be informed by and respond to information about what works, under what conditions, for whom, why and how and what makes a bigger positive difference.  However, not all knowledge will inform better decision making,...

Jul 2014
This exploratory study considers the feasibility of measuring New Zealand senior secondary (Years 12/13) students' "international capabilities". Building on background work undertaken by the Ministry's International Division, the methodology had three components. Analysis of New Zealand and international...

Jun 2014
This evaluation’s main purpose is to understand how well the programme has been implemented and to what extent it has achieved its objectives. The key evaluation questions are: How well (effectively and efficiently) has the programme been implemented? To what extent has the...

Jun 2012
This research project draws together findings from new data and more than 10 years of research on current practice and futures-thinking in education. The report discusses some emerging principles for future learning, how these are currently expressed in New Zealand educational thinking and practice and what...

Jun 2009
This report presents the findings from a research project carried out in 2008 on the educational histories and pathways of alternative education (A.E.) students in New Zealand.

Sep 2005
The Parent Mentoring Initiatives is the forming of relationships between parents and school that enables both parties to contribute more effectively to the education and achievement of students. The evaluation is to assess the effectiveness of Parent Mentoring programmes and to explore the effect they have on student achievement...

Jun 2005
This review analyses the literature on the effects of curricula and assessment on pedagogical approaches and educational outcomes, i.e. student achievement. The review looks at whether there are differences between mandated or local curricula in terms of their impact on teaching practice and student learning. It also examines...

Jun 2009
This report presents findings of an evaluation of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Centres of Innovation (COI) programme, which ran between 2003 and 2009.  The evaluation focused on centres that entered the programme between 2003 and 2006 (Rounds One to Three). The purpose of the evaluation was to determine the impact of the...

Apr 2010
The Centre of Innovation (COI) research shared in this report focuses on inclusion in an early childhood education centre, Botany Downs Kindergarten (BDK) in Howick, Auckland.

Mar 2010
This report describes the New Zealand Early Childhood Centre of Innovation research project at Kidsfirst Kindergartens in Bush Street (Bush Street), Rangiora. Two teachers (Kay Henson and Helen Smith) took on the role of ‘teacher researchers’ from 2006 to 2008. The teachers were supported by research associates: Ali Wegner (2006...

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