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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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Lost in translation

By Alice Neville
Metro, July/August 2018, p. 46-50 (article).

Discusses the increasing interest in studying te reo Māori in New Zealand schools. Asks whether it should be made a core subject and talks about problems with teacher shortages.

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In our right mind

By Kate Evans
Listener, 28 July 2018, p. 12-19 (article).

Talks about what happens in the brain when people solve problems. Looks at increases and decreases in IQ scores between generations, and asks whether jobs are less cognitively demanding than they were 30 years ago. Debates whether problem solving can be taught effectively and outlines common biases in decision making. Describes how New Zealand students are learning to think creatively and confidently.

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Look & learn

By Catherine Woulfe
Listener, 23 June 2018, p. 22-30 (article).

Highlights the lack of research and monitoring of early childhood education environments in New Zealand. Talks about current regulations for temperature, noise, and space.

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(Re)Conceptualising inclusive education in New Zealand: listening to the hidden voices

By Ruth N. Gasson et al.
Disability and society 33 (4), 2018, p. 618-637 (article).

Explores the Intensive Wraparound Service from the perspective of students with severe and complex behaviour formerly enrolled in residential schools, their families, and the staff of their new schools. Highlights a need for more ongoing and holistic support for families.

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Building our resilience muscle

By Ruth Donde & Graham Hart
Employment today 219, 2018, p. 35-37 (article).

Presents strategies for leaders to use to help build resiliency in the workplace.

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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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