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Teenagers warned to turn the music down or risk loss of hearing

Teenagers cranking up the music on headphones and other personal devices are being warned that they risk losing their hearing if they do not change their habits urgently. Results from a new survey carried out...

Tweaks to the decile funding model not the solution

Authored by the Initiative’s chief economist Dr Eric Crampton, Seeing the problem, but missing the point explains that more work should be done to analyse the performance of New Zealand’s schools. “The government is right to wish...

Diversity the key to improved performance in schools

A new evidence summary released today by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) highlights the benefits of championing a diverse school leadership workforce in Australia. The report Spotlight: Diversity in School Leadership, points...

Under pressure: helping young people cope with anxiety

Anxiety is not new, so why is there such a focus on it now and how can we help our young people to cope with it? Dr Valerie Sotardi from the University of Canterbury (UC)’s College...

Healthy homework gets results

Researchers from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the University of Otago have investigated the effects of a compulsory, health-related homework programme on physical activity, dietary patterns and body size in primary school children. Auckland...

Kiwi researchers enhancing ECE in Indonesia

Senior lecturers Dr Donella Cobb and Dr Sonja Arndt from the Early Years Research Centre (sited in the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research at Waikato) have been working in partnership with UNICEF Indonesia...

A good first step, but more attention is needed to strengthen dual education in...

The government’s proposal to reform New Zealand’s underachieving vocational education sector is laudable, but there are still concerns that need to be addressed, says a new research note from The New Zealand Initiative. The research...

Beauty tyranny in the age of Instagram

Young women in the age of social media are under ever more intense pressure to look ‘Insta-perfect’ and it’s not making them happy.

One community’s fight against fast food

Many Kiwi kids are being bombarded by fast food marketing on their way to and from school - and it’s having an effect of their health. Here’s the story of how one community is fighting back.

Moving house linked with behavioural difficulties in children

Lead researcher, Kim Nathan, a PhD student at the University of Otago, Wellington, says two- thirds (69 per cent) of the more than 300,000 children studied had moved house at least once by the...

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