Massey researchers find IES evidence doesn’t stack up
A team of Massey University education policy specialists has highlighted 11 areas of concern about the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success (IES) programme.
New Zealand universities stable in world rankings
*The positioning of New Zealand universities in the 2014/2015 QS World University Rankings, released today, remains stable; however, an overall lack of improvement suggests more investment is needed for universities to be globally competitive.*
Three major questions for three major education thought leaders
Education Review asks three leading international educationalists – Sugata Mitra, Sir John Jones and Frances Valintine – to respond to three big questions.
Accessing New Zealand education from abroad: how easy is it?
The New Zealand Productivity Commission says we need to continue to develop new models of tertiary education. Here, we look at examples of distance education that are crossing borders and challenging traditional tertiary education models.
Offshore delivery of education boosts economic growth
A new report shows the revenue from New Zealand’s education services delivered offshore rose to $171 million last year, an increase from an estimated $104 million in 2012.
New tertiary education models around the globe: would they work in New Zealand?
The New Zealand Productivity Commission’s 2016 tertiary education issues paper has highlighted several innovative new tertiary education models that are making an impact overseas.
Building bridges between home and school: empowering parents and improving reading
Fulbright Scholar and Northcote College teacher DAVID TAYLOR’s research in New Zealand and the United States found that initiatives to encourage better parental involvement in students’ reading not only resulted in improved reading habits, but also had significant additional benefits.
The Great Outdoors
The physical environment plays an important role in children’s education and in shaping their development. Here, US teacher and Fulbright scholar LAUREN ZAPPONE MAPLES congratulates New Zealand for providing students with well-supported outdoor education opportunities.
3MT the rise of the three-minute thesis
Education Review looks at the background of the flourishing academic competition that challenges postgraduates to present their research in just three minutes.
#phdlife Social media’s role in surviving a PhD
JUDE BARBACK talks to Dr Inger Mewburn about how social media has widened support networks for PhD students.
Are teaching-only universities the way of the future?
The Australian government has recently put into Parliament a suite of potential changes to the higher education (HE) landscape that has generated a conversation about teaching-only universities across the Tasman.
How do Kiwi universities measure up on the global stage?
The positioning of New Zealand universities in the recently released 2014/2015 QS World University Rankings remains stable, however more investment is needed for our institutions to retain global competitiveness.
Gender and health research: A level playing field?
SUZY BOTICA from Health Research Council of New Zealand believes there is potential for more women to take on senior research positions.
Nano Degrees: friend or foe of the traditional degree?
An online course model that is hyped as being focused, affordable, succinct and accessible is touted as the next big alternative to conventional tertiary qualifications. However, JUDE BARBACK suggests the NanoDegree could co-exist with the traditional degree instead.
The end of the Aussie fee-free PhD (and what it means for NZ)
Australia is about to start charging postgraduate researchers fees. Does the change signal an end to the Kiwi PhD brain drain? JUDE BARBACKS reports.
Note sharing: cheating the system or yourself?
JUDE BARBACK looks at the rise of note-sharing sites and the tenuous legal and ethical questions they raise for universities.
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.
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.
Lessons in leadership: what can New Zealand learn from the International Successful School Principalship Project?
ROSS NOTMAN considers New Zealand research findings from an international educational leadership project and what they mean for the new leadership roles emerging from the Government’s $359m plan to help raise student achievement.
Failing to keep up New Zealand universities slip down the rankings
New Zealand’s universities took a dive in this year’s QS World University Rankings. JUDE BARBACK considers whether global university rankings really matter.
PBRF gets ready for shake-up
A review of New Zealand’s tertiary education funding system, the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF), looks set to place more emphasis on commercialised research, a proposal that has attracted some criticism. Will this and other changes result in a new and improved funding process for tertiary education organisations?
Modern Learning Environments and learning technologies
CLAIRE AMOS questions whether ‘modern’ changes to the traditional classroom will really help improve students’ learning and outcomes.
Making learning stories come alive with technology
Early childhood settings are embracing new software to share children’s portfolios with their families, but JUDE BARBACK asks whether people will mourn the inevitable loss of the printed learning journeys or embrace technological change?
Leading learning and change across the country
JUDE BARBACK takes a closer look at the Learning and Change Networks initiative that is empowering New Zealand schools to raise achievement – and gaining global recognition.
Welcome to the Worldwide Classroom
DENNIS VIEHLAND discusses the possible threats and opportunities MOOCs pose for the traditional tertiary institution.
“Yes, I want to be an academic social media superstar!”
Thesis Whisperer, Dr Inger Mewburn recently visited Victoria University of Wellington to discuss the merits of incorporating social media into academic research. Education Review invited two research students to share their reflections on the workshop.
The Primary Years – NZC, Cambridge or IB?
While the vast majority of New Zealand primary schools follow The New Zealand Curriculum, a small number favour the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme or the Cambridge International Primary Programme. Here, proponents of each system discuss the relative merits and weaknesses.
Politics, the world and teacher education
Are the international and political contexts of education being adequately addressed in New Zealand teacher education programmes? JUDE BARBACK looks at what measures several schools of education are taking to ensure an outward-facing approach.
EdTech sector Lights the way forward
The inaugural EdTech conference this year highlighted opportunities for New Zealand to lead the way with learning technology. Education New Zealand’sMIKE BOOKER reports.
Skype in the classroom connecting students to the world
*The Kiwi teacher: Felicity Davis, Blockhouse Bay School, Auckland*
Home, Tweet Home
JUDE BARBACK looks at the different ways New Zealand teachers abroad are staying in touch with other Kiwi teachers and what’s happening with education back home.
What’s the fuss about Finland?
We have long been preoccupied with how New Zealand’s education system measures up by world standards. Finland’s focus on a non-competitive education system has seen it shoot to the top of the charts.
Paving the way for future growth
The New Zealand International Education Conference 2012 provided the perfect opportunity to take stock of what has been accomplished and what lies ahead for New Zealand’s $2.7 billion dollar international education industry.
Charter Schools: answer to underachievement or mad experiment?
Of all the controversial issues New Zealand’s education sector has faced this year, charter schools remain one of the most contentious. Education Review gets both sides of the story.
The Australian experience
DIANE MAYER looks at the challenges with teacher education programmes in Australia.
Is the move to postgrad ITE any more than just a money grab?
Teachers Council director, PETER LIND says we need to consider the international research first.
Volunteer teachers: qualified vs unqualified
Qualified volunteer teachers are certainly preferred but many developing countries do not appear to have a choice.
Global reach of tertiary schools of education
Education Review looks at the different ways schools of education at various tertiary institutions are utilising their links with educators and institutions from other countries.
League Tables: Learning from experience
If there was a league table for international education systems, New Zealand would likely rank near the top. Will the introduction of primary school league tables see our ranking plummet?
In Piaget's footsteps
American professor Alison Gopnik is emerging as a leading light in child psychology. LAWRENCE WATT reports.
Secret Agent Society
An Australian PhD study that trialled a programme to help children with Asperger’s Syndrome is fast becoming an international phenomenon.
Pathway of the poor
JUDE BARBACK talks to Australian expert, Dr John Polesel, about the need for quality, structured, and well-resourced vocational education and training programmes at secondary schools.
Purple Cake Day
It will all be about purple on 1 March. Around the country, schools will hold purple mufti days, purple cupcake stalls, purple cake raffles, purple sports days. Whats the inspired this purple frenzy? JUDE BARBACK finds out.
Our big bullying problem: are we getting anywhere?
New research shows that New Zealand’s schools’ anti-bullying policies are not up to scratch. What else can we do? JUDE BARBACK confronts this uncomfortable topic.
Common philosophy, shared goals
New Zealand’s Open Polytechnic and India’s National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) are undertaking an exciting new collaboration.
Method behind the madness
JUDE BARBACK considers whether some of the world’s more unorthodox education systems would work in New Zealand.
Thinking at the heart of the curriculum
The New Zealand Curriculum requires the integration of multiple learning outcomes. CLINTON GOLDING looks to Australian curricula for answers.
Export education is finally centre stage
MICHELLE WAITZMAN looks at how the new Crown agency dedicated to export education came to fruition and what it aims to achieve.
An international teaching issue
This hugely successful title is an unparalleled source of the most recent global education leads, contributions and guidance to inform educators about their directions for 2011!
Hungarian technique meets a special need
Auckland-based ZSOFIA OLAH’s journey teaching children with motor disorders began many years ago in Budapest. She shares her training memories and outlines Conductive Education
Students link long distance
An international teaching and learning conference provided the opportunity for a Wairarapa and a Singapore school to collaborate using multimedia technology
Kerr solution for Australian students
Black hole scientist inspires students to aim for the stars
Pilot project measures student engagement
Ako Aotearoa’s PETER COOLBEAR, and HAMISH COATES of the Australian Council for Educational Research are adapting a student engagement survey tool for the tertiary sector
Export education ready to graduate
ROB STEVENS writes on the strides New Zealand has made in welcoming international students
Apples and Pears
League tables are a bogey for many in the school sector, but inter-school comparisons have their place, reports JOHN GERRITSEN