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Muttonbirds and seven continents; the place of knowledge in the New Zealand Curriculum

Exploring issues and questions about the role of knowledge in the New Zealand Curriculum

Muttonbirds and seven continents; the place of knowledge in the New Zealand Curriculum

Exploring issues and questions about the role of knowledge in the New Zealand Curriculum

Five big questions, with no easy answers

Five big questions that arise from an account of the US's most successful charter school network.

The power of intentionality, coherence and being ambitious and explicit around expectations in schools

Some lessons from a high functioning American Charter Management Organisation.

Playing with knowledge: towards a broader conceptualisation of play in New Zealand schools

How can play support and enhance academic subjects and promote the types of deeper learning we want to develop in our schools?

Questioning common rhetoric and catchphrases in education; why it’s necessary

Education is full of seemingly intuitive statements. However, when we stop and think about their implications, their plausibility quickly diminishes.

A[nother] case for teaching knowledge: a book review

By Dr Nina Hood When I mention to people outside of education that the role of knowledge in education is something of a controversial topic, they don’t quite seem to believe me. Knowledge...

2019 Bright Spots Awards champion innovation in New Zealand Schools

Three new projects have won support from the Bright Spots Awards programme this year

The importance of teacher knowledge for creating deeper learning

Part book review and part commentary on the skills, knowledge and mindsets that facilitate deeper teaching

Why the learning sciences also need curriculum design and deeper learning

Can focusing too intently on only one area of research unintentionally limit the richness of one's teaching practice?

Floors and ceilings in education; what limits are we placing on students and teachers?

What are the constraints and enablers that operate within the New Zealand school and education system

Why innovation and research in education need each other

How could research programmes more effectively support the design and development of innovative teaching approaches and new educational programmes

The innovation bind: how to embrace innovation without jeopardising students

How should we balance the need to be innovating and experimenting with the understanding that implementing an unsuccessful change directly impacts the learning and lives of young people?

What can the research evidence tell us about technology in education?

The importance of schools developing a critical stance towards educational technology

The equity imperative: how should we report on educational research?

The role educational research must play in calling out the inherent, stubborn inequities in our education system as unacceptable and commit to working to eradicate them


On Knowledge; Towards understandings of the place(s), space(s) and role(s) of knowledge in and for education

A response to the somewhat contested place knowledge currently holds in schools and education. It explores the various conceptualisations and roles of knowledge in education through eight chapters by guest contributors.

The Quest for Scale: achieving system-wide innovation and improvement in education

A critical investigation into the literature on scale and scaling in education and whether an alternative paradigm for achieving improvement at scale in education is required.

White Paper: From Tinkering to Intelligent Action

This white paper explores the absence of a built-for-purpose R&D system in education that supports the generation, dissemination and application of usable knowledge to foster system-wide innovation and improvement in our schools.

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