This week Web Wednesday brings the focus to NZ education research through
- The Education Hub
- NZCER press
The Education Hub – is a growing resource for teachers from early childhood to senior secondary. On the site you will find a wide range of information including recordings of webinars, short readable summaries of research, and practical information to help you with your classroom practice.
As we head into exam mode the sections on retrieval practice and spaced practice might be useful guides
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NZCER press publish the quarterly SET journal which many schools subscribe to. The journal is available online and in print and may be floating around your staffroom or in your library; if not ask your school to subscribe to access all current and previous articles.
The first issue for 2020 has a focus section on “mathematics and statistics in a changing world”. This includes articles from Pip Arnold, Chris Wild, Maxine Pfannkuch and Stephanie Budgett on how our students of all ages can operate like real statisticians, opportunities created through looking at the Samoan sāsā and the experiences of teachers (kaiako) teaching pāngarau (mathematics) in a Māori-medium modern learning environment (MLE). Read the editorial here
In response to COVID a collection of articles have been made freely available to everyone. Topics include: leadership, wellbeing, digital learning, resilience, games and playing, learning at home, culturally responsive pedagogy and more. Find the collection here: https://doi.org/10.18296/set.Covid-19
Two SET articles that might be of interest.
- 2018 No 1: [subscription] I can’t wait to get to maths: Ako in matheamatics teaching and learning
- 2019 No 3 : [free full text] A uniquely Aotearoa informed approach to evaluating information using the Rauru Whakarare Evaluation Framework
This could be used to help students frame their research for projects and statistics. More information about the framework can be found here https://
informationliteracyspaces. wordpress.com/rauru-whakarere- evaluation-framework/
NZ Association for Research in Education (NZARE) publish through SpingerLink which some schools subscribe to through their library and most University Libraries subscribe to. Each issue usually has one or two unlocked articles. The current issue Volume 55 Issue 1 July 2020 is hot off the press. In this issue the open access article, Assessment by Comparative Judgement: An Application to Secondary Statistics and English in New Zealand provides an insight into the alternative approach of using comparative judgement to mark Level 2 inferences. Have a read.
From the Waikato Journal of Education: Vol 21 No 1. Developing algebraic understanding through talk and writing. This article documents a pilot study involving an urban secondary school and Year 9 students at the teaching of expanding and factorising. Some of the strategies used were concept circles, snowballing, paired feedback and translating language from plain speech to algenraic representation and back. The study highlights the need to be deliberate about teaching mathematical writing and to link writing conventions in mathematics with those in English.
The Teacher & Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) is another source of research articles published as a result of in school projects. View and download completed reports and discussion papers of interest here
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