New Zealand Curriculum Exploratory Studies 2009 to 2010

Co-directors: Bronwen Cowie (WMIER) and Rose Hipkins (NZCER)

Waikato research team: Clive McGee, Paul Keown, Judy Moreland, Bev Cooper, Michele Morrison, Merilyn Taylor & Anne McKim

NZCER research team: Sally Boyd, Ally Bull

The Curriculum Exploratory Studies 2009 project was carried out in collaboration with the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER). Funded by the Ministry of Education, the purpose of this project was to deepen knowledge of the process of curriculum implementation across a range of areas including, for example, how schools are collaborated with their communities, using the principles and enacting the key competencies and the impact of these processes on student achievement. Data was generated through focus group workshops and focused on the curriculum-in-action and leadership-for-learning in combination with individual school case study work.

The findings were intended to guide and inform individual schools as they develop school curriculum using the NZC, as well as the Ministry of Education as it refined further curriculum implementation and support.

The project extended and added value to the existing body of research about the implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum (Ministry of Education) including the findings from the recently completed New Zealand Curriculum Exploratory Studies (CIES) 2008 to 2009 project which was also a University of Waikato/NZCER collaboration.

Project outputs

Hipkins, R., Cowie, B., Boyd, S., Keown, P., & McGee, C. (2011). Curriculum Implementation Exploratory Studies 2: Final Report. New Zealand: Ministry of Education.

Findings from CIES have informed the development of the following Curriculum Updates writted by the project co-leaders and published by Learning Media for Tukutuku Kōrero: The New Zealand Education Gazette:

2010   What it looks like when it's going well... (PDF)
2010   Working with the New Zealand Curriculum principles (PDF)