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Growing Curiosity Teaching Strategies to Engage Years 5 to 11 Students in Science

Published: 12 Apr 2021

Science is increasingly important in today’s world as people come to rely on science and scientific thinking for almost every kind of endeavour. Critical for our scientific understanding is the quality of science teaching in our schools, and the extent to which students engage with science learning.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Guidance
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Science in secondary schools: a guide for leaders

Published: 22 Apr 2021

Critical to science education is the quality of teaching of science in schools, and the engagement of students with science. This guide sets out actions you can take to strengthen science teaching in your school.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
State schools
Integrated schools
Primary

Science in secondary schools: a guide for teachers

Published: 21 Apr 2021

Critical to science education is the quality of teaching of science in schools, and the engagement of students with science. This guide sets out actions you can take to strengthen science teaching in your school.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
Science
State schools
Integrated schools
Schools

Raising achievement in primary schools

Published: 30 Jun 2014

This national report presents the findings of how well a sample of primary schools were taking actions to increase the number of students achieving 'at' or 'above' national standards.The findings show that half of the schools in the evaluation had used deliberate actions to support students to accelerate progress and sustain achievement.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Raising achievement
Primary
Equitable outcomes
Accelerated learning
Evaluation indicators
Education outcomes

Raising achievement in secondary schools

Published: 30 Jun 2014

This report documents the findings of ERO’s 2013 evaluation of how well 40 secondary schools analysed and responded to their NCEA data.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Raising achievement
Secondary
Māori student achievement

A guide for parents and whānau on supporting science in primary school

Published: 12 Apr 2021

Learning science in the primary school years helps children become better problem solvers and critical thinkers. Children are curious by nature and are eager to explore, question, experiment, and learn about the world around them. Primary school teachers can use a variety of approaches when teaching science, that give children opportunities to explore, experiment, and express new ideas.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Schools
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
Guides for parents

Raising achievement in primary schools ALiM and ALL

Published: 26 Jun 2014

This national report is a companion report to Raising achievement in primary schools. It presents further findings of how some of the primary schools were using the Ministry-funded support projects - Accelerated Learning in Mathematics (ALiM) and Accelerated Learninig in Literacy (ALL) to accelerate progress and raise achievement.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Raising achievement
Accelerated learning
Mathematics Support Teachers (MST)

Science in New Zealand schools and early childhood services - series summary

Published: 12 Apr 2021

Science is important – we rely on science and scientific thinking in almost every endeavour in our modern society. High quality science education at school is essential for learners who want a career in science, but it is also important for all learners to help them understand the scientific issues that whānau, communities, and nations face. Issues such as climate change, healthy living, and innovation all depend on science.

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Early learning
Early childhood services
Integrated schools
State schools

Science in primary schools: a guide for leaders

Published: 20 Apr 2021

Science is a way of making sense of the world and the universe beyond it. Science involves systematically making and testing ideas, collecting evidence through a variety of methods, problem-solving, and creating new knowledge. Scientific knowledge and ways of thinking help to inform technological innovations and creative solutions to problems.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Integrated schools
Schools
State schools
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Effective school evaluation: how to do and use internal evaluation for improvement

Published: 19 Nov 2015

This guide to using internal evaluation for improvement purposes is published jointly by ERO and the Ministry of Education as a companion to School Evaluation Indicators: Effective Practice for Improvement and Learner Success and is supported by Internal Evaluation: Good Practice.

Audience:
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Evaluation
Internal evaluation
Pasifika
English-medium
Raising achievement
Improvement

Science in primary schools: a guide for teachers

Published: 19 Apr 2021

Science is a way of making sense of the world, and the universe beyond it. Science involves systematically making and testing ideas, collecting evidence through a variety of methods, problem-solving, and creating new knowledge. Scientific knowledge and ways of thinking help to inform technological innovations and creative solutions to problems.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
State schools
Integrated schools
Primary

Learning in residential care: They knew I wanted to learn

Published: 01 Jul 2021

Children and young people who are placed in Oranga Tamariki residential care are among the most at risk of poor outcomes later in life. Education can change that.  This report looks at the quality of education for students in Oranga Tamariki Care and Protection and Youth Justice residences and how it can be improved.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
At-risk students
Behavioural needs
Best practice
Boys' education
Child wellbeing
Culture
Education and care services
Education outcomes
Education transitions
Equitable outcomes
Good practice
High needs
Māori
Physical and emotional safety
Priority learners
Raising achievement
Social workers
Teaching
Te reo Māori
Transitions
Vulnerable learners
Wellbeing

Science in Years 5 to 8: Capable and Competent Teaching

Published: 01 May 2010

This Education Review Office report provides examples of good practice in science teaching for Years 5 to 8, in 13 New Zealand state schools. The evaluation included intermediate schools, contributing schools, full primary schools and a Years 7 to 15 secondary school.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Literacy and numeracy
Literacy

Students talk about learning in residential care

Published: 01 Jul 2021

The Education Review Office works for the government. Our job is to look at how things are going for students in schools, all over Aotearoa New Zealand. We talked to some students and adults at Youth Justice and Care and Protection residences about their learning in residential care. 

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
At-risk students
Behavioural needs
Best practice
Boys' education
Child wellbeing
Culture
Education and care services
Education outcomes
Education transitions
Equitable outcomes
Good practice
High needs
Māori
Physical and emotional safety
Priority learners
Raising achievement
Social workers
Teaching
Te reo Māori
Transitions
Vulnerable learners
Wellbeing

Raising student achievement through targeted actions

Published: 18 Dec 2015

In 2015, ERO investigated target setting in both primary and secondary schools. We focused on the extent to which targeted actions of schools supported accelerated progress for students at risk of not achieving.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Raising achievement
Achievement
Primary
Secondary

Keeping children engaged and achieving through rich curriculum inquiries

Published: 29 Nov 2018

This Education Review Office (ERO) report is one of a series of reports on teaching strategies that work. It features strategies and approaches that we observed in 40 primary schools selected from across New Zealand. These schools came from a database of 129 schools, all with rolls of 200 or more, in which the proportion of students in the upper primary years (Years 5 to 8) achieving at or above the expected standard had increased. In each case, achievement levels were also above average for the decile.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Engagement
Achievement
Curriculum
Raising achievement

Mathematics in Years 4 to 8 Developing a Responsive Curriculum

Published: 01 Feb 2013

This report is one of a series of evaluations ERO has undertaken on how schools are working with the National Standards within The New Zealand Curriculum. In this evaluation ERO used the mathematics learning area and associated standards to look at what schools were doing to raise the achievement of students in Years 4 to 8.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Mathematics
Curriculum
Raising achievement
Achievement

Science in The New Zealand Curriculum: Years 5 to 8

Published: 01 May 2012

In 2011, ERO evaluated the quality of science teaching and learning, its place within the curriculum and its relationship to literacy and numeracy teaching. The evaluation focused on Years 5 to 8 in 100 schools. This report documents the findings of this evaluation.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Curriculum
Literacy and numeracy
Good practice

Science in the Early Years: Early Childhood and Years 1-4

Published: 12 Apr 2021

We wanted to understand more about what was happening for children’s learning in science from early childhood up to Year 4. From the literature, and ERO’s previous reviews, we identified three key components to focus on in this evaluation: leadership, intentional teaching and responsive curriculum.

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Early learning
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre