Best Practice


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    Report compares NZ and European qualifications frameworks

    A new report comparing the qualifications frameworks, levels, and quality assurance arrangements will help support more transparent and consistent recognition of qualifications between European Union Member States and New Zealand.

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    What is the best age for starting school?

    With the Education (Update) Amendment Bill facing its final reading this week, the public is focused intently on the proposed cohort entry policy which would allow children to start school prior to their fifth birthday. Here, Dr JOHN BOEREBOOM evaluates the international research and experience and considers what this means for New Zealand’s youngest learners.

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    World rankings note NZ's reduction in tertiary education funding

    The latest Universitas21 rankings report singles out the New Zealand government for criticism for its reduction in tertiary education funding.

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    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.*

August 2017

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    Little diplomats in action

    JUDE BARBACK talks to Oropi School principal Andrew King about the Little Diplomats programme, which has helped its students to build their intercultural competencies and the school to build its relationship with its sister school in China.

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    Are our school leavers Asia-ready?

    A new report from the Asia New Zealand Foundation reveals that fewer school leavers think Asia-related skills and knowledge are important – a trend that experts describe as “alarming”.

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    Is there room for overseas ECE providers in New Zealand?

    As massive United States ECE provider Primrose Schools considers expansion into New Zealand, JUDE BARBACK looks at the implications for local ECE providers.

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    Building bridges and opening doors

    CHRIS HENDERSON believes global competencies are the foundations for our future.

April 2017

October 2016

February 2016

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    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.

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    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.

October 2015

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December 2013

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    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.

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    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?

November 2013

September 2013

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    Welcome to the Worldwide Classroom

    DENNIS VIEHLAND discusses the possible threats and opportunities MOOCs pose for the traditional tertiary institution.

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    “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.

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    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.

July 2013

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    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.

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    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.

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    Skype in the classroom connecting students to the world

    *The Kiwi teacher: Felicity Davis, Blockhouse Bay School, Auckland*

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    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.

January 2013

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    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.

December 2012

  • 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.

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    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.

October 2012

September 2012

  • 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.

February 2012

  • 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.

December 2011

June 2010

  • Teach International

    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

March 2010

  • Apples and Pears

    League tables are a bogey for many in the school sector, but inter-school comparisons have their place, reports JOHN GERRITSEN

March 2011