Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Government Refining Research Strategy

Government-funded education research should be more in tune with long-term objectives, Education Minister Trevor Mallard said today.

Trevor Mallard's comments were made as nine literature reviews were released as part of a process to develop a set of strategic research priorities.

The reviews draw together cutting edge developments in specific areas of educational research, and the Government will use them, along with other information, to identify its research priorities for coming years. They were carried out by teams of education experts from New Zealand and overseas.

Trevor Mallard said the literature reviews were an important part of the Ministry of Education’s commitment to strengthening the research base that underpinned robust, “evidence-based” policy.

"They will help the Ministry identify the gaps in its knowledge, and what kinds of research might fill those gaps,“ he said.

"For example, one of the reviews looked at the research on how family and community resources influence student outcomes. It highlighted important research gaps where family and school influences on education outcomes tend to be seen in isolation from one another. There is also a research gap around how less visible student, school, and family influences like motivations, attitudes, and decision-making processes affect education outcomes.

Other reviews look at: early childhood education; the effects of curriculum and assessment on teaching and education outcomes; the influence of peer effects on learning outcomes; the effect of school resourcing on education outcomes; the effects of school governance, ownership, organisation, and management on education outcomes; human resources issues in education; quality in post-compulsory education; and enterprise-based education and training.

"Research is an important aspect of developing good education policy. We need to keep up to date with what works and what could work. We need to be constantly looking at ways to improve learning. But I also feel a need to ensure that research that is funded by taxpayers have a tangible use and that as Ministers, we have access to a good cross spectrum of research."

Trevor Mallard said the Ministry was now drawing together the main findings from the reviews, together with other information, to develop a new set of research priorities. These would guide the research the Ministry undertook and commissioned over the next few years. The Ministry is currently seeking advice and feedback about these priorities from different education sector groups.

The literature reviews and their authors are:

 The Impact of Family and Community Resources on Student Outcomes: An Assessment of the International Literature with Implications for New Zealand
Stanford University: Thomas Nechyba; Patrick McEwan; and Diana Older-Aguilar
 Early Childhood Education Literature Review
Children’s Issues Centre – Otago University: Anne Smith, Grace Grima, Michael Gaffney, Kim Powell, with input from Len Masse and Steve Barnett
 The Effects of Curriculum and Assessment on Pedagogical Approaches and on Education Outcomes
University of Waikato: Malcolm Carr; Clive McGee; Alister Jones; Elizabeth McKinley; Beverly Bell; Hugh Barr; and Tina Simpson
 Influence of Peer Effects on Learning Outcomes: A Review of the Literature
University of Auckland: Ian Wilkinson; John Hattie; Judith Parr; M ichael Townsend; Martin Thrupp; Hugh Lauder; and Tony Robinson
 Literature Review of the Effect of School Resourcing on Education Outcomes
BERL/Infometrics: Peter Norton; Kel Sanderson; Tony Booth; and Adolf Stroombergen
 The Effects of School Governance, Ownership, Organisation and Management on Educational Outcomes
John Rentoul and John Rosanowski, with Neil Dempster, Darrell Fisher,Neville Hosking, Roger Hunter, Geoff Pugh, and Geoffrey Walford
 Human Resources Issues in Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto: Michael Fullan and Blair Mascall
 Monograph on Quality in Post-compulsory Education
Education Directions: Jeremy Baker; Dave Guerin; and David Woodhouse
 Enterprise-based Education and Training – A Literature Review
Monash University/Australian Council for Educational Research: Michael Long; Rose Ryan; Gerald Burke, and Sonnie Hopkins

The reports are available by sending an e-mail to or by calling: 04 463 8306

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Let It Go: MP Pay To Be Frozen

The Government is freezing MP salaries and allowances for a year while developing a fairer formula for future pay increases.

The Remuneration Authority is due to make a decision on MP pay shortly.

“Today Cabinet agreed to freeze MP Pay till July 2019, and to reassess the funding formula used by the Authority to ensure it is fair and in keeping with this Government’s expectations and values,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. More>>


Cop Shop Top-Up: 1800 New Police Through NZ

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has today confirmed further details around the allocation of the 1800 additional officers, following a $298.8 million increase for Police in Budget 2018... “These 1800 officers, alongside 485 support staff, will really enhance our work to keep people safe, and ensure they feel safe,” says Mr Bush. More>>


Human Right Commissions: Concern On Aged Care And Consent

A new report published by the Human Rights Commission raises concerns about the legal and human rights safeguards for an estimated 5000 elderly New Zealanders in secure dementia units and psychogeriatric facilities. More>>


Justice Reform: Andrew Little Interviewed By Corin Dann

“We’ve had thirty years of the auction of more penalties, more crime, more people in prison but it‘s not working, it’s not making us safe.” More>>


Greens AGM: Leadership Stands Firm On Waka Jumping Bill

The Green Party leadership have dug in their heels and will not be reversing any of the decisions they have made in government. Former MPs Jeanette Fitzsimons and Sue Bradford had hoped the caucus might be persuaded this weekend to pull its support from the waka jumping bill. More>>


TOP Still Going, Actually: New Leader For Opportunities Party

New leader Geoff Simmons' aim as the leader of TOP is to take the party into Parliament at the next election where it can advocate and implement progressive reform in areas including fair taxation, cannabis legalisation, affordable housing, and environmental protection. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case... More>>

MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>


Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>





Featured InfoPages