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Volume 9, Issue 2, 2012

National Editorial Board and Editorial Committee


EDITORIAL

The Quality of Being a Teacher
JOHN O’NEILL AND PAUL ADAMS

In 2011, Warehouse Stationery launched a first call for nominations to find New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teacher. The company’s media release summarised the results of a survey the company had conducted of several hundred teachers. Over half reportedly worked at least an extra 10-20 hours per week. Just under three-quarters of those surveyed spent their own money on school supplies, while a fifth ‘spend their own money on breakfast or lunch for needy students’ ...

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD AND COMPULSORY EDUCATION

Diversity Amongst New Zealand Early Childhood Educators
SUE CHERRINGTON AND MARY JANE SHUKER

The diversity of service types and range of organisations involved in early childhood education (ECE) in New Zealand is a hallmark of the sector, recognised by both the sector and government as a strength in offering choice to families. However, little attention has been paid to issues of diversity within individual early childhood services. This article reports data from a national survey carried out as part of a larger project, The Diversity of Diversity in Early Childhood Education, focusing specifically on educators involved in New Zealand ECE services ...

Stillness – A Healing Methodology in Swedish Pre-Schools and Schools
ANNA BORNSTEIN

The increased mental disease and violence among Swedish students has resisted amelioration by experts in any of the conventional ways. The situation calls everyone in the society, not only politicians, principals and teachers, but parents and grandparent, to question the very fundamentals of the Swedish life style. Anna Bornstein, writer and journalist, discovered students’ ‘hunger for stillness’ when lecturing on non-violence in high schools. Today, the Dream of the Good programme she initiated has become a healing factor in pioneering schools and pre-schools in many parts of Sweden ...

What Do New Zealand Secondary Mainstream Teachers Know About Their English Language Learners?
SUE EDWARDS

Recent New Zealand Ministry of Education publications have made it clear that mainstream subject teachers in secondary schools are expected to play an increasingly important role in the English language learning of English language learners (ELLs), rather than this being the concern of specialist English language teachers. This paper reports on the results of a survey of the knowledge that secondary mainstream teachers have of their ELLs’ background and their level of English proficiency ...

 

TERTIARY EDUCATION

Concept Thresholds: The Key to Self-efficacy and Effective Teaching in Higher Education
BRIDGET PERCY

A lecturer’s self-efficacy needs to be informed through reflection with a sound understanding of the concepts or benchmarks that are indicators of effective teaching practices. A strong sense of self-efficacy will have a positive influence on students’ learning and will impact on the lecturer’s teaching behaviour. This article proposes that by using a framework of ‘threshold concepts’, the teacher is able to identify areas where they have transcended a threshold in their professional teacher development and, alternatively, areas where they have become ‘stuck’ ...

 

BOOK REVIEW

Meyer, L. H., & Evans, I. M. (2012). The School Leader’s Guide to Restorative School Discipline. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
ROD HOLM

This particular book is one of a set of three, this one being addressed to ‘principals and other school leaders’ (p. 1) both primary and secondary, on the topic of Restorative School Discipline. And there, is the problem, right there in the pairing of ‘restorative’ and ‘discipline’ in the same sentence let alone in the same book. The remainder of this review will seek to elaborate on that observation ...

 

 
 


 

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