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ICTs as an antidote to hardship and inequality: implications for New Zealand

By Catherine Cotter
Policy quarterly 14 (2), 2018, p. 80-87 (article).

Looks at how information and communications technology (such as smartphones and the internet) might be used by the government to create and provide new kinds of services for disadvantaged New Zealanders. Considers the impact of the digital divide and notes a lack of integration into social policy design and implementation, the absence of ongoing policy reviews and updates, and insufficient research.

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I, public servant

By Kathy Ombler
Public sector 41 (1), 2018, p. 5-8 (article).

Looks at challenges faced by New Zealand's public sector and its employees. Covers technological advances, generational disparities, demographic shifts, and major changes in the workplace. Considers whether the public sector is adequately prepared for the future.

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Have targets, testing, tables and Ofsted had their day?

By Will Hazell
Times educational supplement 5291, 2018, p. 10-21 (article).

Critiques the state of the accountability system faced by primary and secondary schools in the UK. Discusses problems in areas such as league tables, targets, performance measures, testing, school inspections, and the sanctions used when schools fail to meet standards.

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The curious incident of the boy in the headlines

By Jai Breitnauer
North & South, March 2018, p. 54-61 (article).

Critiques the provision of services for students with disabilities in New Zealand schools. Mentions the work of the Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) service, resourcing and funding issues, and the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS). Talks to Education Minister Chris Hipkins and considers the role of the Ministry of Education. Reports on the inclusive approach adopted by Berhampore School in Wellington.

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Age of anxiety

By Catherine Woulfe
Listener, Feb. 3, 2018, p. 13-19 (article).

Discusses the rise in anxiety disorders among students in New Zealand primary and secondary schools. Looks at possible causes and outlines how parents might help.

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The kids will be alright

By Joanna Wane
North & south, Feb. 2018, p. 42-49 (article).

Profile of Bex Skerman, principal of Bridge Pā School. Looks at her work in transforming the low-decile Hawke's Bay school and connecting with whānau and the wider community.

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Diamond in a paper bag

By Clare de Lore
Listener, Dec. 9-15, p. 28-30 (article).

Interview with Stan Tiatia, the principal of Te Puna Wai Ora, Invercargill Middle School, this year's joint winner of the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Talks about his influences, background, and approach to education.

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School leadership in a post-disaster setting

By Gerard Dineen
SET: research information for teachers 2, 2017, p. 9-15 (article).

Explores what primary principals learned about leadership and change management during the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes. Identifies barriers to and enablers of successful leadership.

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Voyaging the oceanic terrains: sustainability from within Pasifika ECE

By Diane Mara
Waikato journal of education 22 (1), 2017, p. 37-43 (article).

Reflects on the development of Pasifika early childhood education in New Zealand since 2007.

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Why the iGen teens are in slow mode

By Donna Chisholm
Listener, 18-24 Nov. 2017, p 14-23.

Discusses research revealing that teenagers are growing up more slowly and taking fewer risks than previous generations. Draws on NZ data collected for the Youth2000 series, which questioned around 9000 secondary students in 2001, 2007 and 2012 about school, family, mental health/well being, healthcare and economics, violence, sexual health, driving, substance use, diet and physical activity.

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