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

Published: 12 Apr 2021

This report shares teaching approaches and strategies for Year 5 to Year 11 that ERO has identified in a range of schools where students were found to be highly engaged in science. This report should be seen as a resource for leaders and teachers looking to strengthen their teaching of science. It looks at Years 5-11 as they are the critical years for science engagement before learners make final choices on whether to continue in science.

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

To support leaders and teachers to review and strengthen the science learning opportunities they provide, ERO explored the strategies and approaches that a selection of schools had taken to increase students’ engagement in science. This short guides draws on this work to help secondary school leaders think about how they can support stronger science teaching and learning in their 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

To support leaders and teachers to review and strengthen the science learning opportunities they provide, ERO explored the strategies and approaches that a selection of schools had taken to increase students’ engagement in science. This short guides draws on this work to help secondary school teachers think about how they can support stronger science teaching and learning in their school.

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

Science in primary schools: a guide for leaders

Published: 20 Apr 2021

To support leaders and teachers to review and strengthen the science learning opportunities they provide, ERO explored the strategies and approaches that a selection of schools had taken to increase students’ engagement in science. This short guides draws on this work to help primary school leaders think about how they can support stronger science teaching and learning in their school.

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

Science in primary schools: a guide for teachers

Published: 19 Apr 2021

To support leaders and teachers to review and strengthen the science learning opportunities they provide, ERO explored the strategies and approaches that a selection of schools had taken to increase students’ engagement in science. This short guides draws on this work to help primary school teachers think about how they can support stronger science teaching and learning in their school.

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

Ethnic diversity in New Zealand state schools

Published: 01 Jan 2018

This article originally appeared in ERO Insights - Term 1, 2018 and explores how the ethnic diversity of the primary and secondary school roll has changed in New Zealand since 2009, and whether these changes are leading to more diverse or more segregated schools.

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Ethnic diversity
Diversity
Cultural diversity
State schools

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. This short guide aims to help parents and whānau of children in primary school to understand why science matters for this age group, know what to expect for science teaching and learning for their child, and think about how they can support their child’s science learning journey.

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

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

Seven Christchurch schools work together to make a difference for their learners  

Published: 10 May 2021

The Education Review Office (ERO) has today launched a report showing how seven Christchurch schools improved outcomes for learners through innovation and working together.  

The group of schools, forming a community of practice called Kahukura, identified a need in their community to better support their students’ wellbeing and learning. 

Audience:
Academics
Education
Schools
Content type:
News article
Topics:
Collaboration
Decision making
English-medium
Evaluation
Guidance
Improvement
Intermediate
Internal evaluation
Knowledge building
Primary
Relationships
School leaders
Schools
Secondary
Students
Teachers | Kaiako
Teaching
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Collaboration in Action: Lessons from a Community of Practice

Published: 11 May 2021

This short report accompanies our report Exploring Collaboration in Action: Kahukura Community of Practice.  It looks at the lessons that can be learnt from the Kahukura community of practice, drawing out key lessons on collaboration and providing seven key implications for schools who are interested in collaborating to consider.

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
Collaboration
Decision making
English-medium
Evaluation
Guidance
Improvement
Intermediate
Internal evaluation
Knowledge building
Primary
Relationships
School leaders
Schools
Secondary
Students
Teachers | Kaiako
Teaching

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

Published: 12 Apr 2021

This report looks at how well science is led in services and schools, how well science is woven through the curriculum, and how well kaiako/ teachers include science in a responsive curriculum. Each section of this report provides leaders, kaiako, and teachers with reflective questions to consider, which could support improvements. We also identify opportunities for improvement at both the individual service / school level, and for the system.

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

Exploring Collaboration in Action: Kahukura Community of Practice

Published: 10 May 2021

ERO was approached by principals from Kahukura to document and evaluate their community of practice in Christchurch. This report identifies what is working well for this community of practice, areas where they might consider further enhancements, and lessons and insights into practices which could be shared with others.

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Collaboration
Decision making
English-medium
Evaluation
Guidance
Improvement
Intermediate
Internal evaluation
Knowledge building
Primary
Relationships
School leaders
Schools
Secondary
Students
Teachers | Kaiako
Teaching
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Te Kura Huanui: The treasures of successful pathways

Published: 08 Jul 2021

Te Kura Huanui: The treasures of successful pathways and supporting documentaries explore the Māori-medium education pathway, through a rich collection of interviews and research conducted in partnership with early founders, whānau, leaders, graduates, kaiako, kaimahi and kaumatua.

Audience:
Māori-medium
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Best practice
Community
Diversity
Equitable outcomes
Immersion
Inclusion
Identity
Kōhanga Reo
Kauapapa Māori
Kura
Knowledge building
Māori-medium
Mātauranga Māori
Māori student achievement
Māori parents and whanau
Māori learners
Māori immersion
Māori Education Evaluation
Manaakitanga
Māori
Literacy and numeracy
Methodology
Te Kōhanga Reo
Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust
Te reo Māori
Te Rūnanga Nui o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa
Teachers | Kaiako
Teaching
Tikanga Māori
Te ao Māori
Wellbeing
Whānau
Whanaungatanga
Children's success

Te Kura Huanui : Ko ngā kura o ngā ara angitu

Published: 08 Jul 2021

I roto i Te Kura Huanui: Ko ngā kura o ngā ara angitu, ko ngā uiui me ngā whānau Māori, kaiārahi, kaiako, kaimahi, kaumātua hoki e tūhura ana i te ngākau titikaha o ngā hapori ki te whakarauora, ki te whakapakari hoki i te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori mō ā rātou mokopuna, tamariki, uri whakatupu anō hoki. 

Audience:
Māori-medium
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Best practice
Community
Diversity
Equitable outcomes
Immersion
Inclusion
Identity
Kōhanga Reo
Kauapapa Māori
Kura
Knowledge building
Māori-medium
Mātauranga Māori
Māori student achievement
Māori parents and whanau
Māori learners
Māori immersion
Māori Education Evaluation
Manaakitanga
Māori
Literacy and numeracy
Methodology
Te Kōhanga Reo
Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust
Te reo Māori
Te Rūnanga Nui o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa
Teachers | Kaiako
Teaching
Tikanga Māori
Te ao Māori
Wellbeing
Whānau
Whanaungatanga
Children's success

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

Professional inquiry  

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Inquiry is at the heart of what drives improvement and innovation at McAuley High School. 

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Professional development
Evaluation
Knowledge building
Evaluation indicators
Professional capability
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

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