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Barbara Oakley

Barbara Oakley on The AM Show about ‘Learning How to Learn’

Our International guest speaker Professor Barbara Oakley is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Michigan. Over the past years, she has made a name for herself in promoting new and better ways of learning based on findings from neuroscience.Her 2014 book A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) was a New York Times bestseller. A year later, she started the free online course Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental... Read more

Barbara Oakley
The AM Show
1 May, 2019
Teacher

Pity the poor primary teachers

The primary teachers’ union, NZEI Te Riu Roa, has called a series of nationwide meetings to decide on industrial action to take place early next month. NZEI proposes primary teachers “work to rule” from 15 May, culminating in a national strike on 29 May. Despite the disruption this action would cause, teachers appear to have public sentiment on their side. It is easy to understand why. Primary teachers perform a critical role in educating our children. Read more

Roger Partridge
Insights Newsletter
26 April, 2019
Learning how to learn

Learning how to learn

Since the release of the Tomorrow’s Schools report last December, the education community has been talking about nearly every aspect of school organisation: Who should govern schools? For what term lengths should principals be appointed? How should schools be funded? These questions are important. But by focusing on the organisational aspects of our education system, we are neglecting what is going on inside classrooms. How do children learn? Are our children learning? How can schools best teach students how to... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
12 April, 2019
IDI2

Decile debacle

“Decile is not a proxy for school quality”. Principals, teachers and education professionals have said this for years, and yet students have been flocking out of low decile schools and into high decile schools all this while. Decile drift is one of many issues highlighted in the 2018 Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce Review. Since 1995, when the decile funding model was implemented, the number of students in decile 8–10 schools has increased from 201,000 to 280,000; in contrast, the number of... Read more

Joel Hernandez
Insights Newsletter
12 April, 2019
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Research note: Tomorrow’s Schools: Data and evidence

A comprehensive and year-long econometric analysis of data for 400,000 students undertaken by The New Zealand Initiative reveals there are no significant differences in school performance between schools of different deciles. Adjusted for the different student populations they serve, the vast majority of New Zealand’s secondary schools create the education outcomes we would expect from them. This finding calls into question the assertion of the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce, led by Bali Haque, which claimed that “quality of our schools... Read more

Joel Hernandez
8 April, 2019

Media release: New research raises questions about Bali Haque's Tomorrow's Schools review

Wellington (5 April 2019): A comprehensive and year-long econometric analysis of data for 400,000 students undertaken by The New Zealand Initiative reveals there are no significant differences in school performance between schools of different deciles. Adjusted for the different student populations they serve, the vast majority of New Zealand’s secondary schools create the education outcomes we would expect from them. This finding calls into question the assertion of the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce, led by Bali Haque, which claimed that... Read more

Media release
8 April, 2019

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