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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Curriculum wars: coming to Aotearoa?

An unusual alliance, between a radical and polarising academic and a right-wing think tank, may drag New Zealand’s education system into the throes of a debate that’s been raging overseas, but has largely passed us by until now writes Tom Haig.

Play IS learning: why play-time matters more than you think

Anna Clements looks at a Bay of Plenty school that is experiencing the joys and benefits of implementing a play-based learning approach.

History in the making: the push to change the curriculum

Teachers have made another push to make New Zealand’s history a mandatory part of the school curriculum. The New Zealand History Teachers’ Association has urged the Government to ensure schools “teach our own past” to...

Digital technology becoming compulsory in school curriculum

Digital technologies learning is to be added to the school curriculum

Too soon to declare qualifications dead

ROGER SMYTH tempers suggestions that qualifications are dead with some compelling evidence.

Teachers to use digital atlas of original Māori names in lessons

Ngāi Tahu's digital atlas of the original Māori names for the South Island can now be used to teach intermediate and early secondary school students about colonisation. The digital atlas Kā Huru Manu was launched...

Life after National Standards: business as usual, or opportunity for change?

Rachel Helyer Donaldson talks to schools about finding the new normal now that National Standards are a thing of the past.

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.

Do Cambridge exams plug an NCEA-shaped hole?

As NCEA comes under scrutiny, Education Review questions whether Cambridge exams do a better job than our national school qualification at preparing our students for university study.

Transforming the curriculum for the technological age

Instead of focusing on the ‘piece of paper’ at the end, our education system should be geared to produce the skills needed by industry. By Meriana Johnsen.
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