September 2017

June 2017

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    Ed's letter

    Any initiative or policy that leverages the status of New Zealand’s teaching profession is a good thing, says ER editor Jude Barback. 

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    Experts and naturals: should we make the move to universal postgraduate ITE?

    As the Education Council prepares to take their pitch for a move to postgraduate ITE on the road, it seems inevitable that the proposal will get over the line.

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    Tertiary education: what needs to change?

    Education Review asked a handful of leaders from different corners of New Zealand’s tertiary education sector which aspects of post-school education policy they think are most important for any future government to address and why.

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    Breaking the cycle: first in family to higher education

    JUDE BARBACK looks at initiatives focused on getting students who are the first in their families to pursue higher education to complete a degree. breaking the cycle *Recipients of the 2017 Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarship – (L-R) Callum Fiu, Felila Havea, Thu Nguyen, Makelila Fetu’u, Helen Wilson, Emmette Gray, Ana Siafolau, Faava Tuigamala, Michelle Ellis, Salome Paea, Laryia Lomitusi, Ofaloto Talakai.*

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    The wobbly line to success

    Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarship recipient LARYIA LOMITUSI shares a moving account of her journey from her childhood in Samoa to a university education in New Zealand.

April 2017

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    Education Ministers in waiting

    Education Review editor JUDE BARBACK catches up with Nikki Kaye, who is tipped to become Education Minister in May, and Labour’s education spokesperson Chris Hipkins about what the future holds for New Zealand education.

October 2016

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    ED's Letter

    The Productivity Commission’s recently released draft report on its inquiry into new models of tertiary education tentatively raises the suggestion of Student Education Accounts, the idea being that the Government’s annual investment into tertiary tuition and training could instead be divvied up between every resident. The upshot would be every 16-year-old having access to $45,000 to spend on training of their choice, at a time that best suits them.

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    Recognising New Zealand’s top tertiary educators

    This year’s Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards saw a diverse range of tertiary educators recognised for their outstanding teaching efforts.

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    Blazing the trail for future Māori lawyers

    Professor Jacinta Ruru (Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui, Pākehā) from the University of Otago’s Faculty of Law was presented with the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence by Rt Hon John Key at this year’s Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards. Here, she shares her thoughts with Education Review on what makes an effective tertiary educator.

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    The link between research funding and rankings

    Universities New Zealand Executive Director CHRIS WHELAN says research funding levels go hand in hand with international university rankings.

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    What the Commission found

    The education sector has had much to say about the Productivity Commission’s eagerly anticipated draft report on its inquiry into new models of tertiary education.

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    The road less travelled: inspiring graduate journeys

    Education Review shares the compelling stories of nine determined graduates from around the country.

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    Connecting with Silicon Valley: masterclass for ICT Grad School students

    The first cohort of master’s students at Auckland ICT Graduate School had their eyes opened to all sorts of possibilities when they were treated to a masterclass from a Silicon Valley tech guru.

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    Auckland ICT Grad School one year on

    As Auckland ICT Grad School approaches its first birthday, the school’s director PROFESSOR GILLIAN DOBBIE talks to Education Review about getting the new school off the ground and how it is well placed to help meet the needs of a rapidly growing IT sector.

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    University Entrance: always a bridesmaid?

    DR JOHN BOEREBOOM says University Entrance (UE) has always been the bridesmaid of the New Zealand secondary school qualifications. In this article he questions whether the present requirements for entry into universities are fair and valid.

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    Hitting the high notes: Cool new quals for 2017

    Education Review highlights a number of exciting new courses on offer for New Zealand postgrads next year, ranging from opera studies to disruptive technologies to community leadership.

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    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.

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    Turning research into real-world solutions

    Bianca Grizhar discusses how the Easy Access IP programme is helping overcome barriers to commercialising research.

  • Mind the gap

    The void between the PhD and an academic career

    Dr Inger Mewburn questions whether the modern PhD needs to be better aligned to the needs of an academic workplace.

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    What does the Tertiary Education Amendment Bill have in store?

    The proposed Education (Tertiary Education and other Matters) Amendment Bill is looking to make things fairer for private training establishments (PTEs). 

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    Showcasing New Zealand’s best research

    Research symposia, postgraduate festivals, research awards, three-minute thesis competitions – and even a ‘dance your thesis’ event – are just a taste of some of the outstanding postgraduate and research events held across the country this year.

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    Researching teaching: the importance of Sotl

    The new director of Ako Aotearoa DR STANLEY FRIELICK discusses the evolution of research around the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and its importance to tertiary education.

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    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.

August 2016

June 2016

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    Are New Zealand’s scientists too scared to say what they think?

    The fight for the mighty research dollar is creating some significant barriers to scientists commenting on controversial issues. ELIZABETH McLEOD discovers why some of our leading minds are calling for a Commission for Science.

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    The long and winding road to postgrad teacher education

    Many teacher education providers are pushing for a master’s level qualification to become the minimum requirement to become a teacher, while others think this approach will deter aspiring teachers. With the initial teacher education (ITE) postgraduate pilot now in its third year, the Ministry of Education is getting closer to making a decision on the future shape of ITE. Which way will it go and what impact will it have? asks JUDE BARBACK.

April 2016

February 2016

October 2015

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    ED's Letter - PhD realities

    I’ve often toyed with the idea of doing a PhD. But the reality of juggling it around work, family and exercise places the prospect firmly in the ‘too hard’ basket. Not to mention the expense. And the time: part-time PhD students typically take around six years to complete their degree.

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    Research and the real world

    Internship programmes for postgraduate students align with New Zealand’s tertiary education strategy as they help connect the dots between postgraduate education and the workplace. Yet where is the funding to support such initiatives? JUDE BARBACK investigates.

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    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.

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    Research funding – spoilt for choice?

    Tertiary sector research manager STEPHEN COX understands the difficulties that universities and institutes of technology face in finding appropriate external research funding opportunities. 

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    In search of (more) excellent tertiary teachers

    Ako Aotearoa’s JILL TANNER-LLOYD looks at what attributes are shared by the recipients of this year’s top national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards (TTEAs) in an effort to define what makes an excellent tertiary teacher.

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    Make way for the new ICT Graduate Schools

    As the Government’s three new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate Schools start to take shape, Education Review finds out more about the role they will play in helping to boost New Zealand’s technology industry.

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    New Zealand’s best interests at the CoRE

    Education Review discovers a new Centre of Research Excellence tackling some big research issues for the benefit of New Zealand.

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    #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.

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    Ivy League and OxBridge: do Kiwi students stand a chance?

    Jamie Beaton, founder of Crimson Consulting, talks to JUDE BARBACK about removing the roadblocks between New Zealand and the world’s top universities.

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    Striving to make a difference

    Education Review discovers some inspirational Māori and Pasifika education students and graduates from around the country.

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    Right here right now: the pressure to deliver on-demand learning

    JUDE BARBACK talks to Polycom’s Elaine Shuck about the pressure tertiary education organisations face to deliver flexible, on-demand learning options to their students.

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    Research with wings

    Education Review looks at two environmentally responsible New Zealand research projects with an international focus. 

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    Emerging from The Mind Lab

    Kristin School teacher, NATHAN CALVERT was among the first 130 teachers to undertake The Mind Lab by Unitec’s Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning). He was named as the winner of the NEXT Foundation Expert Teacher Award. Here, Education Review asks him about the award, the course and the future.

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    The ICT edge how MBAs can add value

    MBA graduates are becoming increasingly proficient in understanding how to leverage technology for the benefit of New Zealand business

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    A quiet but noisy revolution in the language classroom

    DR ROSEMARY ERLAM discusses the shift in teaching languages to the internationally recognised, task-based language teaching approach and how New Zealand language teachers can use this approach effectively.

  • Aotearoa: how does it rate for international students?

    Two surveys of international students in New Zealand give an insight into what influences their decision-making – information that can be helpful to tertiary education organisations.

October 2014

June 2014

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Open education: possible future or utopian idea?

    JUDE BARBACK considers the debates around open access and open educational resources.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

May 2014

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    New publications showcase excellence in tertiary teaching

    JILL TANNER-LLOYD and DR PETER COOLBEAR introduce the new teaching excellence publications developed by Ako Aotearoa’s Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence. They explain how the two-volume set captures the essence of New Zealand’s top tertiary teachers and their practice, and how these publications can support reflective practice for others wanting to add further value for their learners.

March 2014

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    Flipped learning in Kiwi classrooms

    With internet access nearly within every student’s grasp, the focus shifts from getting a device in every student’s hands, to what to do with it once it’s there. Flipped learning is one option that is proving popular throughout the world. Education Review examines the flipped classroom.

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

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    Education Everywhere? More on MOOCs

    In our last issue, Dennis Viehland shared some compelling thoughts on the effect massive open online course (MOOCs) could have on the delivery of tertiary education. Here, student GERARD DUNNE gives an insightful perspective on what it is like to be one of thousands learning from the same course.

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    Privacy in the cloud

    ‘Cloud’ computing is rapidly becoming more than just another buzzword in our digital lives. The expected paradigm shift has implications for schools that are not yet fully understood, and with data integrity on everyone’s mind these days, Education Review, looks at exactly where the buck stops.

September 2013

July 2013

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    Taking Kiwi culture to the world

    Education Review talks to Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard and  Scott Wilson, two New Zealand Fulbright Scholars currently in the United States teaching about their cultural passions of Maori art and New Zealand cinema respectively.

December 2012

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    Town & Gown

    COLIN BASS looks at the important relationship between industry and higher education and the example being set by AUT.

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    Failure to launch: postgraduate initial teacher education

    The Ministry of Education’s welcome u-turn in June on its policies concerning class sizes and teacher cuts had a knock-on effect for the proposal to move initial teacher education to postgraduate-level. Now confusion reigns among providers and prospecti

October 2012

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    New Zealand research: Question marks and kudos

  • Multi-pronged boost for R&D

    The new Advanced Technology Institute. The hefty 2012 Technology Development Grant. The 70 postgraduate internships. The business incubator grants to young technology companies. All government initiatives launched in an effort to boost R&D in New Zealand.

  • Outrage over student allowance changes

    The Government’s intention to remove eligibility for student allowances for postgraduate students has sparked an uproar among postgraduate students across New Zealand.

  • A glimpse into the world of research

    Education Review looks at research in its many guises.

  • Gearing up for Postgraduate month

    The University of Waikato is preparing for its annual Postgraduate Month in October. With a new research director and its first PhD in te reo, there is much to celebrate.

  • Another successful GRM for Otago

    Tweet your Thesis, Chamber Debate, Supervisor of the Year and 3 Minute Thesis – it all happened at Otago University’s annual Graduate Research Month.

  • Sir Paul's great legacy

    The late Sir Paul Callaghan was a world class scientist, great leader, and strong advocate for a more prosperous New Zealand. Education Review looks at the life and times of this great man and how his legacy continues.

  • From a distance

    NZEI Study Award recipient BARBARA NELSON is completing a postgraduate diploma in educational administration and leadership via distance study. Education Review talks to the Massey student about the benefits and boundaries of distance learning.

  • PostGrad profiles

    Education Review finds out what postgraduate students from universities, polytechnics, wananga, and private training establishments from all around New Zealand are up to.

  • Does a masters mean more money?

    JUDE BARBACK takes a closer look at whether postgraduate qualifications really increase students’ earning potential when they join the workforce.

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    The Australian experience

    DIANE MAYER looks at the challenges with teacher education programmes in Australia.

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    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.

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    ITE issues sure to spark debate

    As the sector gears up for a major teacher education conference next month, experts give their opinions on some of the key issues facing initial teacher education in New Zealand. JOHN O’NELL says there are four key issues that constitute a major crisis

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    Supporting New Zealand's dairy future

    JUDE BARBACK takes a look at some of the key teaching and research institutions propping up New Zealand’s evolving and prolific dairy industry.

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    Juggling the MBA with the job

    Most MBA students are in full-time employment, so how do they balance course work with the pressures of their job? Education Review asks current and former MBA students about their experiences.

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    Celebrating our best tertiary teachers

    PETER COOLBEAR reflects on this year’s national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards – exploring how these exemplars of great teaching and learning can enhance the tertiary teaching profession in Aotearoa New Zealand.

September 2012

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Codes of practice

    PETER COOLBEAR analyses the implications of codes of practice for domestic tertiary students.

December 2011

June 2010

March 2011

  • Analysing tertiary spending - Bucks and bangs ...

    The government applied $4.3 billion in operating expenditure to providers and students in the tertiary sector in 2009. About a quarter of that was spent on supporting students through loans and allowances.

  • Who’s who?

    Associations, unions and more – here’s a brief guide to the education sector.

  • Shooting stars

    Bang goes your career? Some things you might want to know about winning a national teaching award.