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Volume 7, Issue 2, 2010

National Editorial Board and Editorial Committee


Snake-Oil Or Fair Early Childhood Education Policy?

On 15 December 2008, the Deputy Secretary for Early Childhood Education (ECE) presented the new Minister of Education with a proposed work programme to address the incoming National coalition government’s initiatives in ECE, one of which was ‘to tackle the early childhood teacher shortage’ (Ministry of Education, 2008, p. 1). The immediate problem facing the government was looming deadlines set by the previous Labour coalition government for the proportions of trained, registered early childhood teachers that ‘teacher-led’ centres were required to employ: 80 percent by 2010 and 100 percent by 2012 ....


Ronald Vine: Views on Education. Part Two: 1945-1959

‘Does New Zealand, a predominantly agricultural and pastoral country, give the land its proper place in education?’ Ron Vine asked late in 1945. Teaching agriculture in an agricultural country has long been a fought ideology between those who believed that such education should be classically-based and those who wanted it to be more vocational....

Unorthodox Learning For Economics Teachers

An internet based teachers’ network, Ecoteachers, has been established by economics teachers to learn from each others’ expertise. In the competitive, assessment driven context of New Zealand’s secondary schools, teachers do not have many opportunities to learn from each other, particularly teachers who are the sole teachers of subjects such as economics. This article suggests a complementary use of the economics teachers’ network site to encourage teacher learning about the meanings and values of economics teaching....

National Standards: The Public Debate – What Was It All About?

The introduction of National Standards in late 2009, to be implemented at the start of the 2010 new school year, generated wide public debate among politicians, principals, teachers, unions, academics, media commentators and the public at large. Much of this was on the radio (Morning Report) and television (Agenda) and in the print media (newspapers). The dispute well illustrated the point that ‘education is a site of political struggle’ as those for and against National Standards sought to have their voices heard...

What Can We Learn From History? The Early Post-World War Two Debate Over Literacy And Numeracy Standards, 1945-1962 In Perspective.

Nowadays, the vexed question of education standards seems never far from our national media headlines. This reflects the fact that, especially since the introduction of the Education (National Standards) Amendment Act, 2008, there has been intensive debate over the wisdom of implementing national standards in schools – a debate that has generally generated more heat than light. Depending on one’s point of view, the Act is a timely measure that will ensure our children can and will succeed in a rapidly changing global society, or a piece of reactionary legislation that will saddle both teachers and students with narrowly focused achievement objectives to the detriment of real education....



Anxieties, Desires and Sylvia: From Preparation to Beginning Teacher

This paper makes a case for exploring underlying anxieties and desires possessed by final year teaching students prior to seeking employment in New Zealand schools. Anxieties and desires are understood in terms of ‘teaching’s intimacies’ (McConaghy, 2006), that is, the often unconscious and thus unspoken and unexplored feelings pre-service teachers have toward their teaching futures. Following calls by McConaghy (2006: 64), the reflections of at times controversial New Zealand educator Sylvia Ashton-Warner on her ‘inner life’ as a teacher, serve as both a type and a stimulus for the type of teacher reflection education students might also productively engage in ....

Nailing Down an Identity – The Voices of Six Carpentry Educators

This paper reports on a small research study in which six carpentry tutors at an urban polytechnic were interviewed regarding their identity and perceptions of their work as trades educators. Some preliminary findings suggest that the ‘occupational identity’ (Seddon, 2008) of trades educators as ‘teachers’ is less problematic than suggested (see Haycock & Kelly, 2009). This paper argues that notions of good teaching within Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) may be driven by normative/singular notions of pedagogy that do not recognize specific or ‘signature pedagogies’ (Shulman, 2005) active within trades education....

Expanding Women’s Work in the University and Beyond – Carnegie Connections, 1923-1942

This paper examines the significance of Carnegie Corporation philanthropic grants for the expansion of women’s work in the academy during the first half of the twentieth century and considers ways in which a Corporation grant for ‘home science education’ helped to expand the work of women as ‘domestic experts’ in the academy and as social reform agents in the wider community. Drawing on previously unpublished sources from the Carnegie Corporation Archives it examines the significance of ‘key women’ who served as contacts for the Carnegie enterprise including Ann Gilchrist Strong, Professor of Home Science at The University of Otago, who utilised her relationships with Carnegie and her own professional networks to establish herself as a link with New Zealand universities and as a gate keeper for Carnegie grant and travel programmes....

Resources to Support Tertiary Education Institutions to Model and Teach Te Tiriti o Waitangi

The topic of how to work on anti-racism in tertiary institutions is often controversial; it is one many struggle with both nationally and internationally. To support others engaging with the topic we have been invited to provide an accompanying resource list and commentary to support those who wish to explore this area further....

Contextualizing the Spiritual in an Adult Learning Environment

I have always been interested in the spiritual dimension of our lives as people living on planet Earth. As a teacher working with a diverse range of adult learners, the dilemma of how to incorporate the spiritual into classroom work has always fascinated me. This article reflects on this and offers some ways a teacher might use to develop their practice to include the spiritual dimension....




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