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Volume 1, Issue 1, 2004

National Editorial Board and Editorial Committee


Inaugural Editorial

Our intention in launching this journal is to provide a virtual collegial forum in which teachers, researchers, policymakers and others with an interest in teaching can safely document and explore the complexity of teachers’ work in Aotearoa New Zealand (see also our website: ...


What is Happening to Schools and Teachers in New Zealand?

Judged by recent media coverage, schools and teachers in New Zealand are copping a fair lashing. According to just a few of these newspaper headlines:

  • Parents want an end to ‘chaos’ in class (Dye, NZ Herald 31/5/04)
  • Students must behave: principal (Dye, NZ Herald 1/6/04)
  • Discipline essential to education (Editorial, NZ Herald 2/6/04)
  • Inspectors slam coast schooling (Devereux, NZ Herald 4/6/04)

OPINION Uncovered: Not All it Seems

This paper comments on the recent initiative and offers a critical perspective on the rapid growth of information and communication technology (ICT) in New Zealand schools. It attempts to uncover some of the ideological assumptions behind the drive to reform schools through new computer technology and points out the danger of treating ICT as a neutral tool independent of powerful social, economic and political forces ...


Art Rooms: Sites of Empowerment and Success

Students in low socio-economic schools are over-represented in the group of students who leave school without a qualification. This paper derives from a study of New Zealand secondary art teachers’ work in Auckland and North Auckland. The study examined art pass rates at year 11 in seventy low socio-economic secondary schools and showed that students are able to achieve at similar rates in art to medium and high decile schools ...

The Current Work of New Zealand Teaching Principals

The work of teaching principals is a lightly researched aspect of teachers’ work in New Zealand. Yet over half of all New Zealand’s primary principals are teaching principals. This paper provides a summary of a recent doctoral study into the current work of New Zealand teaching principals ...

Board of Trustees’ Selection Practices of Primary School Principals in New Zealand

This brief overview of my research explores the impact of one aspect of New Zealand's self-managing reforms on the changing and predicted gender profile of the principalship in primary schools. The research in progress is a national study of boards of trustees' selection practices of principals carried out in 2002 ...

Increasing Internationalisation of the Primary Sector: Funding the Coffers and Encouraging Cultural Diversity, or Disadvantaging ‘Domestic’ Students?

This study reports the findings of an export education levy funded, small-scale collaborative research projected conducted with 10 primary and intermediate schools in the greater Auckland region about the impact of international students on the workload of teachers. Findings revealed that leaders considered the compliance issues associated with international students were very high, but the additional income generated by these students was useful ...


A Teacher’s Work

The government has become very fond of saying that the key factor in student underachievement is teacher expectations of students.   It is true that teacher quality is the greatest internal school factor affecting student achievement but it is also true that external socio-economic factors have an even greater impact ...


Report on NZEI Hui

At the end of April 2004 the New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) held a YMN Hui in Auckland which I attended. The YMN is a Hui for young members, new members and students who represent the branches or district councils from each region of New Zealand ...


Teacher Effectiveness and the Explanation of Social Disparities in Educational Attainment

The belief that effective teaching can raise the performance of students to a marked extent seems to have become fixed in the contemporary discourse of educational policymakers. It is asserted that evidence-based research has demonstrated a causal relationship between better teaching and better learning ...

Why Did Kath, Mary and Kim Get So Little Education (and Is There Hope for Their Children)?

This paper seeks to understand the reasons why there is such a strong relationship between poverty and poor child educational outcomes. It reports preliminary findings of in-depth interviews with three women who have spent most of the past five years on the DPB and live in the poorest part of Christchurch ...


The Ethical Teacher

This is a timely book in several respects. First, it comes at the end of a long and illustrious academic career during which Ivan has given much thought to ethical issues in education. Second, he was recently a member of the Teachers Council working party developing a draft code of ethics for teachers. Third, a good New Zealand based text for undergraduate philosophy of education classes is long overdue and his book fills a serious gap ...

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