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Volume 2, Issue 1, 2005

National Editorial Board and Editorial Committee


EDITORIAL

The Truth about Teachers' Work
JOHN O’NEILL & PAUL ADAMS

One of the imperatives for launching this journal in 2004 was our assessment that a lot of simplistic and normative rubbish is talked and written about teachers’ work – ‘If only teachers would do, or say, or think this …’. The rhetorical window-dressing may come in the form of teacher ‘standards’, ‘competencies’, ‘characteristics’, ‘qualities’ or whatever ...



OPINION

Graduation Address
IVAN SNOOK

Most of you receiving degrees or diplomas today will be entering teaching or related work in early childhood centres, primary and secondary schools or educational agencies …

The Poor Kids!
SUSAN ST JOHN & JANFRIE WAKIM

For over ten years the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has been calling on successive governments to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand …

‘There can be no contentment but in proceeding.’
DAVID MCKENZIE

It is interesting to examine past models of teacher education and training in New Zealand and see for ourselves how models that were once regarded as being efficient and sensible came to be rejected because they were later seen to have been miseducative, nonsensical or otherwise inappropriate …



RESEARCH CRITIQUES

Being a Critical Consumer of Research is Important: Consider the Political Spin and Shortcomings of NZCER’s Competent Children Study For Example
GILLIAN CROAD & SARAH FARQUHAR

What we found when we took the time to read the New Zealand Council for Educational Research’s reports on the Competent Children research was quite different to what we had been led to believe about it …

Professional Development and Student Achievement Gains: A Look at the Te Kõtahitanga Report
ROY NASH

That professional development programmes can persuade teachers to raise their expectations for students and enable them to transform their classroom practices so that their Mäori students show a dramatic increase in achievement must seem good news. Were it so, it would be good news, too …



RESEARCH OVERVIEWS

The Privatisation of Education: QPEC Factfiles
JOHN MINTO

The Quality Public Education Coalition (QPEC) has launched on June 10, 2005 a new resource called ‘factfiles’ for parents, students, educators, journalists, commentators and politicians and all those interested in education policy in the early childhood education, school or tertiary sectors …

The Perceptions of Teacher Education in Relation to the Teaching Practicum
PETER LIND

This doctoral study examined the perceptions of the student teacher, the associate teacher and the visiting lecturer regarding the adequacy of the practicum for the preparation of the first year primary teacher …

Developing Praxis for a Few Non-English Speaking Background Students in the Class
PENNY HAWORTH

Few studies have focused on mainstream teachers of non-English speaking background (NESB) students (Franken & McComish, 2003); and there have been no studies internationally that have looked at teachers with just small numbers of NESB students in their classes …

The ‘PM Readers’ versus ‘Ready to Read’ Stories as Instructional Reading Texts: Some Comparative Analyses
KEITH GREANEY

The main purpose of the paper is to present data that compares some of the characteristics in two sets of Department of Education/Ministry of Education reading series that have formed the basis of New Zealand junior class texts for teaching reading since 1975 …



TEACHER REFLECTION

Scaffolding Alex: Actively Supporting Young Children in the Visual Arts
LISA TERRENI

This article highlights the effectiveness of scaffolding children’s learning by picking up on their interests and working with them, the importance of art as a cognitive tool, and the relationship between behaviour and the environment …

Helping Teachers Develop Formative Assessment Strategies
STEPHANIE GEDDES

Effective professional development programmes and their sustainability has been an ongoing issue in New Zealand schools and the AtoL initiative is no exception …



BOOK REVIEW

Weaving Te Whäriki: Aotearoa New Zealand’s Early Childhood Curriculum Document in Theory and Practice
CUSHLA SCRIVENS

Weaving Te Whäriki was launched at the 8th Early Childhood Convention in 2003, an auspicious date ten years on from the original publication …



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