Curriculum and Pedagogy

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Enhancing the intercultural capability of intermediate school students of languages


Supervisor

Christine Biebricher
Constanza Tolosa
Martin East

Discipline

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Project code: EDU004

The revised New Zealand Curriculum for schools places an expectation on schools with students in Years 7 to 10 to establish programmes in languages additional to the language of instruction. This Ministry of Education funded project investigated how four intermediate schools were meeting the challenge, with particular regard to developing learners’ intercultural competence. The summer scholar will work with research team members in analysing data from interviews (teachers and students) and from teacher reflections. The summer scholar will also contribute to writing the first draft of a final report.

(Super)Diversity in New Zealand early childhood education


Supervisor

Angel Chan
T: 09 623 8899 ext 48884
M: 021 1874512

Discipline

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Project code: EDU007

This project will investigate how the notion of ‘(super)diversity’ is embraced, enacted and evaluated in New Zealand early childhood education (ECE). Macro and micro data will be gathered and analysed to support the investigation. At the macro level, institutional documents will be analysed. At the micro level, a sample of ECE centres’ websites and reports by the Education Review Office (ERO) will be examined. The summer scholar will support this project by collecting and organising data, and carrying out preliminary analysis of data. Good understanding of New Zealand ECE, and strong analytical and organisational skills are expected.

Contribution of Māori and Pasifika on Early Language and Literacy Curriculum in Aoteroa New Zealand


Supervisor

Janet S. Gaffney

Discipline

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Project code: EDU011

This is an on-going, comprehensive research project on early language and literacy in Aotearoa New Zealand. The research scholar will conduct a deep search through multiple data bases for published and unpublished resources, beginning in mid-1960s, that document the contributions of Māori and Pasifika peoples to language and literacy curriculum in Aotearoa New Zealand. The search will include identification of key influencers and their roles. The ideal candidate will be independent, resourceful, and have library search and composition skills. Preference will be given to Māori or Pasifika students with a passion for understanding history in the areas of language and literacy.

Informing Environmental Identities in Aotearoa New Zealand


Supervisor

Sasha Matthewman

Discipline

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Project code: EDU014

The project involves investigating the concept and formation of 'environmental identity' and its significance for education in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Specifically this will involve writing a critical review of the literature on environmental identity drawing on the literature list already identified for the TLRI project Tuhia ki te Ao and updating this as necessary. The angle will be: 'How have environmental identities been informed in educational contexts with a particular focus on research in Aotearoa New Zealand?' Strong literature search skills, writing skills and knowledge of Mãori and/or Pasifika cultural identities would be an advantage.

Developing in Digital Worlds


Supervisor

Professor Stuart McNaughton
Tel: 64 09 3737599 ext 87541
Fax: 64 09 2732848
Mob: 021 681127

Discipline

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Project code: EDU015

The research asks:

  • How does participation in the digital world influence children’s cognitive and social development?
  • What skills, knowledge and capabilities do children need to manage, engage and benefit from participating in the digital world?
  • How can family, educators and society effectively support children’s involvement in the digital world?

Measures include ‘21st century skills’ (cognitive and social – emotional skills, achievement, classroom teaching, blog samples, and questionnaires. The summer project would involve analyses of numerical data looking at relationships between skills and achievement.

The scholar will need two sets of skills:

  1. Statistical analysis skills
  2. Literature reviewing and writing

‘Healthy’ marketing to children?


Supervisor

Dr Darren Powell
tel: 09 623 8899 extn 48647
mobile: 021 029 64280

Discipline

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Project code: EDU016

The research project looks at the ways in which various organisations (including multinational corporations and charities) target children through ‘healthy’ marketing. The Summer Scholar will conduct a review of literature that focuses on two areas: (1) international and national marketing policies and regulations; and (2), research that examines the impact of marketing on children’s health and well-being. This scholarship position is best suited for those with an interest in children’s well- being and marketing, as well as those who are able to demonstrate an ability to critically analyse literature and write-up findings in a scholarly style.