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Good education policy making: data-informed but values-driven

By Harry Brighouse et al.
Phi delta kappan 100 (4), 2018, p. 36-39.

Talks about factors that inform decisions in educational policy-making. Argues that policymakers should broaden their definitions of valued educational outcomes in order to promote a holistic concept of student success.

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A framework for wellbeing

Billington, Carl
Public Sector, 41 (4) 2018, p. 7-9.

Looks at how the public sector is planning for New Zealand's first 'Wellbeing Budget' in 2019. Considers what is meant by wellbeing and how it might be measured.

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Managing organizational conflict: towards a comprehensive framework of outcomes, practices, and competencies

By Alan Clardy
Performance improvement 57 (10), 2018, p. 10-25 (article).

Proposes a framework of eight goals for organisational conflict-management programmes and practices. Talks about early identification of conflicts, developing conflict-management competencies, implementing routine conflict-management processes, dealing with various causes and effects of conflict, and resolving problems of chronic conflict.

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Te whai mātauranga: he taonga mō te tangata kotahi pea, mō te iwi katoa rānei? Education: a private commodity, or public good?

By Georgina Stewart
New Zealand journal of educational studies 53 (2), 2018, p. 165-176 (article).

Uses a kaupapa Māori lens to critique and interpret a key text produced by the New Zealand Treasury in 1987 that influenced Māori educational policy in Aotearoa.

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Breaking the link between disability and child and whānau poverty

By Sam Murray
Policy quarterly 14 (4), Nov. 2018, p. 68-77 (article).

Reports on the high rate of income poverty experienced by children aged 14 and under with disabilities and their whānau in New Zealand. Covers disability-related allowances, the makeup of households, levels of employment, extra costs, and decile data from the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme.

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Learning curve

By Sally Blundell
Listener, 15-21 Sept. 2018, p. 18-24 (article).

Talks about the increase in diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder among New Zealand children. Looks at the impact autism can have on children's education and social interactions.

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Kahukura Community of Practice

By Trudy Heath et al.
New Zealand principal 33 (3), 2018, p. 10-13 (article).

A group of Christchurch principals talk about the formation of Kahukura, a community of practice that encourages professional collaboration. Outlines Kahukura's purpose and origin, its areas of focus, and its plans and outcomes.

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Quakes and aftershocks: organisational restructuring in the New Zealand state sector, 1960-2017

By Masashi Yui & Robert Gregory
Policy quarterly 14 (3), 2018, p. 25-32 (article).

Looks at structural change in New Zealand's state sector between 1960 and 2017. Speculates as to whether there could be links between the amount of organisational restructuring, unsatisfactory productivity rates in the state sector, and the embedding of a managerialist culture. Talks about the amount and types of restructuring, which organisations were restructured, which governments did the most restructuring, and whether it was driven by politicians or public servants.

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No fees! (Terms and conditions may apply)

By John Ross
Times higher education 2367, 2018, p. 30-36 (article).

Talks to critics and supporters of the New Zealand government's fees-free policy for university students. Looks at what impact the policy might have on universities' budgets and public finances, and its implications for students and employers.

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Free & frank: why it matters

By Carl Billington
Public sector 41 (2), 2018, p. 4-8 (article).

Looks at the convention of 'free and frank' advice in the New Zealand public sector. Outlines why it matters to Ministers and public servants and what it says about New Zealand's integrity and transparency.

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