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Hit or miss? A quick look at the fees-free policy

In the first of a two-part series on the fees-free policy, Roger Smyth crunches the numbers to look at whether the Government got it right or wrong with its fees-free policy.

Digital devices suspected culprit for children with posture issues

A rise in posture-related issues among children is thought to stem from extended use of digital devices. Rachel Helyer Donaldson looks at the problem and some potential solutions.

Reimagining Teacher Education

In anticipation of Education Central’s next ChalkTalks panel discussion on Reimagining Teacher Education next week, Jude Barback looks at the direction initial teacher education (ITE) in New Zealand is taking.

What can we learn from the 2018 PBRF results?

Upon analysing the data from the 2018 Performance-based Research Fund (PBRF) quality evaluation, Roger Smyth makes some interesting observations about the PBRF and its future.

Learning through Play

Haeata Community Campus in Christchurch is seeing great results from its approach to play-based learning.

Learning how to learn – or how to learn if you have a lousy...

With a degree in Slavic languages, experience as a Russian translator and a degree in electrical engineering, polymath Professor Barbara Oakley has a lot of knowledge and experience in the different ways our brains can process information.

Using statistics to lift outcomes

We catch up with 2018 Bright Spots Award winner Darcy Fawcett, a science teacher at Gisborne Boys’ High School, to find out how he is using his statistical expertise to help teachers evaluate performance in a more accurate and meaningful way.

Shouting to be heard: the worrying effects of noise in early childhood education services

Susan Bates raises concerns about the potentially damaging effects of the high noise levels in many early childhood education centres in New Zealand and asks: what is being done about it?

New initiative fosters diversity in STEM

An innovative new pilot scheme at Taupo’s Tauhara College could see more Maori females pursuing successful careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

In defence of play: why imagination is key in early childhood education

ECE researcher Kelly Warren says the emphasis needs to change from focussing on young children acquiring formal learning behaviours to fostering social and emotional skills.

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