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STEM skills vital to NZ’s future – Steven Joyce

John Kerr posted in on February 1st, 2016.

Writing in the Dominion Post, Minister of Economic Development Steven Joyce lays out the case for a skilled workforce – especially in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) sector. An excerpt (read in full here): Getting people with more skills vital to our future Beyond the current fog of misinformation around about trade deals […]

Pot-smoking teens less likely to finish high school

Laura Goodall posted in on September 11th, 2014.

Frequent teenage cannabis use is linked with less educational achievement and other problems later in life, according to New Zealand and Australian research. Individuals who are daily users of cannabis before age 17 are less likely to complete high school or obtain a degree compared with those who have never used the drug, new research published […]

Teen cannabis use and poor life outcomes – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on September 10th, 2014.

Frequent teenage cannabis use is linked with less educational achievement and other problems later in life, according to new New Zealand and Australian research. Individuals who are daily users of cannabis before age 17 are less likely to complete high school or obtain a degree compared with those who have never used the drug, new […]

Education survey more than just rankings – Fiona Ell

John Kerr posted in on December 5th, 2013.

In the New Zealand Herald lecturer in primary teacher education at the University of Auckland, Dr Fiona Ell, reflects on our ranking in the latest international education survey, warning that our ranking is not the number on which we should focus. An excerpt (read in full here): Real issue is the gap, not rankings The […]

Schools shouldn’t skimp on science – Editorial

John Kerr posted in on September 23rd, 2013.

The editorial in today’s Dominion Post focuses on the issue of science education in New Zealand secondary schools, following the news that a growing number of schools are considering making the subject optional for Year 11 students. An excerpt (read in full here): Science too important to be optional Not every New Zealand pupil studying […]

Primary school science on Radio NZ

John Kerr posted in on May 14th, 2012.

A segment on today’s Nine to Noon on Radio New Zealand examines the issue of science teaching in primary schools in the wake of an Education Review Office report indicating a lack of effective science teaching in New Zealand. The discussion features: Steven Sexton, University of Otago primary education lecturer, who is on the board […]

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New York Times on NZ’s education exportation

John Kerr posted in on April 4th, 2012.

An article by journalist Liz Gooch in the Asia/Pacific section of today’s New York Times examines New Zealand’s efforts to draw more international students. An excerpt (read in full here): New Zealand Casts Itself as Destination for International Students When Josephine Huong Le was in high school in Hanoi, she had her sights set on […]

NZ girls not too pretty for math …

John Kerr posted in on December 16th, 2011.

American researchers who say gender equity and other sociocultural factors — not national income, school type, or religion —  determine mathematics performance at all levels for both boys and girls suggest there’s little “gender gap” among younger NZ schoolchildren, but it’s quite noticeable in older classes. The new research, Debunking Myths and Gender Performance fingers […]

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Report on kiwi science education released

John Kerr posted in on April 5th, 2011.

Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, today released his much-awaited report on the state of science education in New Zealand, titled: “Looking Ahead: Science Education for the Twenty-First Century“. In addition to a comprehensive review of science education in New Zealand, Sir Peter’s report makes a number of recommendations including: Enhancing […]

The Press: Worrying trend revealed

Peter Griffin posted in on December 16th, 2010.

Rebecca Todd writes in The Press about new research from Canterbury University showing that children with asthma are more likely to fall significantly behind their peers in reading during their first year in school, than their non-asthmatic counterparts. The study, which followed almost 300 five year old children between 2005 and 2008, with researchers now […]

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