NZ Teacher

March 2011


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In-depth coverage of the big issues in the education sector for teachers, students in their final year of teacher education and education leaders. An invaluable source of information, especially for new teachers and those who mentor them!

As always, Education Review takes a broad approach to each of its subject-specific editions – including this one, NZ Teacher – with contributed writing reaching across the sector from early childhood to tertiary and wider industry stakeholders.

Dr John Langley asks why we spend 10 times as much putting a young person through ‘crime school’ as we spend on high school. This cash investment in their future should give pause. Education programmes are delivered in our prisons, sure, and taxpayers stump up around $90,000 each year to teach a young inmate what would have cost $9000 to deliver in his school years.

Previous editions of Education Review looked at special needs education and the new training being offered teachers wanting to concentrate on these students. While it appears to have disturbed some training providers, the Teachers Council has seen fit to shift from vague terminology to more specific directives in their governance of teacher training. Peter Lind outlines how this came about and Dr Sally Hansen raises concerns about the potential for loss of academic freedom in the more prescriptive requirements.

Unasa Enosa Auva’a says our diverse student population needs to be reflected at school leadership level, drawing from his research into Pasifika principals and a recent scholarship to look at leadership aspirations of native Hawaiians.

Playcentre is one of our national treasures that is taken for granted. Much is made by a variety of education commentators about the need for parents to learn how to be involved and to stay engaged in their children’s learning. It is crucial for their success. Yet the world-regarded Playcentre model – where parents obviate much of the cost of preschooling and gain NZQA recognised qualifications as education-oriented parents at the same time – appears to be overlooked. Maureen Woodhams underlines the outstanding contribution Playcentres make.

Regular writer Wayne Erb presents a collection of useful stories covering the schooling sector, looking at classroom culture, workplace stress, extracurricular demand, tips for new teachers and more, with particular relevance for how it is in our schools today.

A facts and figures section includes David Craig’s history and review of the pay packet parley currently in negotiation; there’s a who’s who guide to education, cover of NZQA changes to standards alignment, and tertiary data from Education Ministry analysts.

This is but a glimpse of a strong and varied Education Review, and my thanks go once again to our writers for their passion and vision for this crucial aspect of life in New Zealand.

Geoff Vause, Editor