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Mann, Lee C.; Walshaw, Margaret – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2019
Mathematics anxiety is a global phenomenon that has generated research interest over the past four decades. Many researchers have suggested that girls display higher levels of mathematics anxiety than boys. This article explores that conjecture in the New Zealand context. It reports on the prevalence of mathematics anxiety in adolescents and…
Descriptors: Mathematics Anxiety, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Females
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Tupou, Jessica; Loveridge, Judith – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2019
Computer Science (CS) education is being increasingly included in primary school curricula across New Zealand. As a group, Pasifika students are less likely to engage with CS at tertiary level and in the workforce, so understanding more about their engagement with school level CS seems important. A multiple case-study design was used to explore…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Pacific Islanders, Computer Science Education, Student Participation
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Moran, Kevin; Gilmore, Alison – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2018
Little is known about the knowledge and perceptions that inform children's safety in the aquatic environment. This paper reports on 8-9¬†year old children's critical thinking of water safety and safety strategies at the beach. One-to-one interview data with Year 4 students from across New Zealand, collected as part of the National Monitoring Study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Water, Natural Resources, Children
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Major, Jae – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2018
Aotearoa New Zealand is a diverse multicultural nation, with a vibrant indigenous culture and language. However, levels of bilingualism are relatively low, with less than 20% of the population using more than one language. English is the dominant language, and monolingualism in English the taken for granted norm. In the New Zealand Curriculum…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Bilingualism, Monolingualism, Ethnic Diversity
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Haworth, P. – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2018
Developing effective teaching skills with culturally and linguistically diverse learners remains challenging for regular class teachers, hence specialist English language (EL) teachers are needed in schools. However, little is known about how these specialist teachers perceive their professional status. This paper draws on research that provides…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Language Teachers, Culturally Relevant Education
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Trevethan, Helen – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2018
The first year of teaching is a significant period in a teacher's life but for many it can signal the end, rather than the beginning, of their career. The demands of beginning teaching are well documented (Devos et al. in "Teach Teach Educ" 28(2): 206-217, 2012; Fantilli and McDougall in "Teach Teach Educ" 25(6): 814-825, 2009)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Teaching Experience
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Case, Rosalind Jane Leamy; Starkey, Nicola J.; Jones, Kelly; Barker-Collo, Suzanne; Feigin, Valery – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2017
This two-phase study investigated New Zealand primary school teachers' knowledge and perceptions of childhood mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), and evaluated the effectiveness of a professional development workshop for enhancing teacher knowledge regarding mTBI. In phase one, 19 teachers from schools in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty engaged in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Knowledge Level, Children
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Anthony, Glenda; Hunter, Roberta – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2017
The practice of grouping mathematics students by perceived levels of attainment, commonly referred to by teachers as ability grouping, is a contentious and long-standing topic of debate in education. Responses from a survey of 102 mathematics support teachers affirm the widespread use of ability grouping within New Zealand primary school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Ability Grouping, Mathematics Teachers
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Gordon, Barrie; Dyson, Ben; Cowan, Jackie; McKenzie, Allison; Shulruf, Boaz – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2016
This study examines practicing primary school teacher's perceptions of the teaching of physical education in their schools. There has been some criticism of primary school physical education but until now this criticism has been largely based on a number of small studies involving limited numbers of teachers and schools. This study involved…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Physical Education
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Bonne, Linda – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2016
Internationally, associations between mathematics achievement and various beliefs and attitudes related to learning are well established. In this article, the findings of five studies are examined to identify patterns in New Zealand students' mathematics-related beliefs and attitudes, and their relationships with achievement. Each study included…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Student Attitudes
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Hattie, John A. C.; Brown, Gavin T. L.; Irving, S. Earl – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2015
In the Western world, most 5-year-old children begin their formal schooling, and do so with diverse proficiencies. A common aim is for teachers to quickly evaluate their proficiencies to identify strengths and gaps, and then begin the teaching of reading and number. This article reports two studies into the item and structural characteristics of a…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Young Children, Elementary School Students, Student Evaluation
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Tocker, Kimai – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2015
Kura kaupapa Maori provide a unique primary school education system that immerses children in Maori language and culture. Interviews with founding members from the first Auckland kura give a critical sense of the aspirations that guided them in their struggle to set up the kura kaupapa Maori initiative. The desire to provide suitable schooling for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethnic Groups, Pacific Islanders, Malayo Polynesian Languages