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A possible pathway for curriculum review

The NZC states (pgs 37, 38):

  • In years 1-10, schools are required to provide teaching and learning in English, the arts, health and physical education, mathematics and statistics, science, the social sciences, and technology.
  • The learning area statements should be the starting point for developing programmes of learning suited to students' needs and interests.
  • Links between learning areas should be explored.

Research

The primary school curriculum: Assimilation, adaptation, transformation
This 2010 NZCER report focuses on the implementation of The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) in primary and intermediate schools.

Raising achievement in primary schools: ALiM and ALL
This 2014 national report presents findings on how primary schools are using the Ministry-funded support projects, Accelerated Learning in Mathematics (ALiM) and Accelerated Learning in Literacy (ALL), to accelerate progress and raise achievement.

Literacy and Mathematics in Years 9 and 10: Using Achievement Information to Promote Success
This 2012 evaluation looks at how effectively schools use literacy and mathematics achievement information to improve learning for Years 9 and 10 students.

Making a Difference to Pasifika Student Achievement in Literacy
This 2012 research report explores classroom and school-related factors associated with improvements in the literacy achievement and progress of Pasifika students beyond expected levels in schools participating in the Literacy Professional Development Project (LPDP).

Reading and Writing in Years 1 and 2
This 2009 ERO report focuses on how effectively reading and writing was taught in the first two years of schooling, and on how well teachers used assessment information to plan and evaluate their teaching.

Mathematics in Years 4 to 8: Developing a Responsive Curriculum
In this 2013 evaluation, ERO used the mathematics learning area and associated standards to look at what schools were doing to raise the achievement of students in years 4 to 8.

Science in the New Zealand Curriculum: Years 5 to 8
This 2011 ERO report evaluates the quality of science teaching and learning, its place within the curriculum, and its relationship to literacy and numeracy teaching, focusing on years 5 to 8 in 100 schools.

Effective Pedagogy in Social Sciences/Tikanga ā Iwi
This best evidence synthesis in social sciences plays a key role in knowledge building for New Zealand education. As a capability tool, it identifies, evaluates, analyses, and synthesises what the New Zealand evidence and international research tell us about quality teaching in the social sciences.

Effective Pedagogy in Mathematics/Pangarau
This best evidence synthesis in pāngarau/mathematics plays a key role in knowledge building for New Zealand education. As a capability tool, it identifies, evaluates, analyses, and synthesises what the New Zealand evidence and international research tell us about quality mathematics teaching.

Return to possible pathways: Consider other focus areas for curriculum design and review.

Published on: 08 May 2014


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