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Thursday, March 22, 2018

New method of measuring skills employers desire proves popular

A New Zealand company has adapted an American model of testing, aimed at measuring skills that employers find most useful.

Sex too sensitive for Asian parents to talk about

Sex is too sensitive for Asian parents to talk about and they want schools to handle it, a new survey has found.

Parents want more life skills taught at school

A new study shows Kiwi parents want their children to be taught life skills as part of their education.

Treating vision conditions improves education in low decile schools: new research

The education and social development of many low decile school students is being impacted by their poor vision according to new Massey University research.

UK academics advocate phonics for literacy

Two UK educators will be speaking in New Zealand next month, discussing the idea that an intensive focus on phonics in early schooling could improve literacy outcomes. 

Tertiary education snapshot shows good completion and employment rates

Same, same, and only a little bit different could sum up the findings of the first three publications of the six-part Ministry of Education’s 2016 Profiles and Trends series. By JODY HOPKINSON.

Endeavour Fund to invest $248m in research

Funding has been awarded for 68 new science research projects that will benefit New Zealand environmentally, economically, and socially.

Fulbright-National Geographic digital storytelling fellow to study NZ seabirds

For the first time, New Zealand will host a fellow for nine months as part of the prestigious Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.

School kids help remove stigma of dementia

A research project involving a partnership between a university, primary school and a rest home is helping to remove stigma associated with dementia.

Procrastinating student publishes research on… procrastinating students

Rebecca Olsen, a PhD student at Victoria University, is investigating whether vividly visualising a future desired outcome could help people get to their goals, and control the urge to hit the couch rather than work on their dreams.

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Off the record: Sir Ken’s talk missed the mark

One teacher who attended Sir Ken Robinson’s talk on Monday, said although it was entertaining it left him feeling “unenlightened and disappointed”.