Latest Issue PostGrad Education June 2014

  • Ed’s letter Don’t forget the arts
  • Criminals in the classroom Are teacher education providers selecting the right people?
  • One year on: Tracking down our teacher students Last year Education Review profiled teacher students ANNIE RILEY and KELSIE DAVIE-MORLAND about their path to becoming teachers. One year on, we catch up with them to find out how they’re getting on.
  • Faces of teacher education Education Review asks VIVIENNE MACKISACK and TE MANAAROHA ROLLO how they found themselves in teacher education, and the joys and frustrations of working in this sector.
  • Teach First NZ – one teacher’s reflection The Teach First NZ programme aims to tackle educational inequality by developing top graduates into educators who go on to teach in low decile schools. Teach First NZ teacher YOLANDE THOM reflects on her first year at a low decile Auckland secondary school.
  • MOOCs finding their place in New Zealand tertiary education Following the Innovations in Tertiary Education Delivery Summit, JUDE BARBACK reflects on how MOOCs fit in to the fabric of New Zealand tertiary education.
  • Putting student voice to good use Selected from 19 schools, Clevedon School, Marist Catholic School (Herne Bay), Gladstone Primary School (Mt Albert) and Rhode Street School (Hamilton) are the first to participate in Cognition Education Trust’s inaugural Student Voice Impact on Teacher Decision Making project.
  • Finding the best path to school-based teacher education Teacher education providers are increasing their collaboration with schools in different ways, but all reporting success. While clearly the way to go, resourcing remains a concern and Education Review questions whether there is room for a more unified approach among providers.
  • Open education: possible future or utopian idea? JUDE BARBACK considers the debates around open access and open educational resources.
  • Collaboration = Innovation: Delivering Education without Borders MARCI POWELL looks at the how digital and collaborative learning are transforming tertiary education in New Zealand and beyond.
  • Born to teach Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year FRANCES DENZ has won awards for tertiary teaching excellence, yet she has never had any formal teacher education. Here, she shares why she believes great teachers can be born and not always made.
  • Improving governance or Government power grab? The Government’s plans to reform university and wānanga governance councils to create smaller, skills-based councils have been opposed by many in the sector.
  • The door to tertiary education – open to whom? The new reports on tertiary education enrolments and earnings need to be considered in the context of the high costs associated with being a student.
  • PBRF changes not to everyone’s liking With the proposed changes to the Performance-Based Research Fund announced, some are pleased to see a focus on more external research income. Others, however, are dismayed that the greater role of research is being neglected in the process.
  • Crossing the threshold With one professor describing it as “the most important and innovative teaching development in the last 20 years” and an increasing number of faculty and students singing its praises, we find out what is the fuss over the ‘Threshold Concept Theory is all about.
  • One big happy family: uni, polys and wānanga collaborate Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and the University of Waikato have been working together for more than a decade to increase tertiary education opportunities in the Western Bay of Plenty.
  • Turning his back on the law JUDE BARBACK talks to Derek Dallow about what inspired him to train as a teacher after over 30 years as a corporate lawyer.
  • From New Zealand to Nigeria: making meaning of the Bring Back the Girls campaign From New Zealand to Nigeria: making meaning of the Bring Back the Girls campaign.


Opinion: More teachers and smaller classes won’t mean more learning

The Government’s proposed Investing in Educational Success scheme has been debated in detail. Now, academic STEVE THOMAS takes a critical look at Labour’s proposed education sector funding in the lead up to the election.

Opinion: Is IES a solution to the ‘achievement challenge’?

Massey University Associate Professor JOHN CLARK takes a closer look at the proposed Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative and finds the problems it hopes to solve to be more complex than IES can manage.

IES: a sector divided

Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative has divided New Zealand’s education sector. JUDE BARBACK reports.

Opinion: IES – from crude proposal to detailed policy

Post Primary Teacher Association (PPTA) President ANGELA ROBERTS outlines what has changed with the Government’s proposed Investing in Educational Success policy since the announcement was made in January, and why the sector should support it.

From tweeting to meeting

Members of a Twitter network for New Zealand educators, #edchatNZ, are preparing to meet face-to-face at the inaugural #edchatNZ conference in Auckland. Registrations have opened for the event, which will take place at the new Hobsonville Point Secondary School in Auckland over 8 & 9 August this year.

Opinion: Fully fund state schools – abolish school donations

Associate Professor JOHN CLARK from Massey University’s Institute of Education suggests the Government has lost sight of free education and that there are more appropriate methods than parent donations to fund schools.

Opinion: Linking STEM programme funding to tertiary teaching practice

PETER COOLBEAR, director of Ako Aotearoa, discusses incentivising established good tertiary teaching practice to help meet government targets for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Opinion: Realising the future of education

Deputy Principal at Hobsonville Point Secondary School, CLAIRE AMOS looks at why change is needed in New Zealand’s education system, what needs to change, and how to manage this change.

Education a major player in Budget 2014

Education featured prominently in Budget 2014 with Education Minister Hekia Parata announcing new spending of $858 million over four years and the remainder of this year.

Report card: How schools are faring

Sixty per cent of Kiwi teachers believe their students' information and communications technology (ICT) use is limited because of a lack of devices such as tablet computers and poor-quality internet access.

Opinion: Will PM's $359m education initiative work?

With two new elite principal and teacher roles to begin in 2015, will teaching excellence be shared across schools and raise student achievement - or is this an election year stunt that will become mired in red tape?