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New Zealand Curriculum Implementation Exploratory Studies

Director: Bronwen Cowie
Waikato Research Team: Clive McGee, Paul Keown, Judy Moreland, Bev Cooper, Anne Hume, Michelle Morrison, Russell Yates, Merilyn Taylor, Jenny Ferrier-Kerr & Anne McKim
NZCER Research Team: Rose Hipkins, Sally Boyd, Ally Bull & Rachel Bolstad

Project Dates: 2008 - 2009

The Curriculum Implementation Exploratory Studies (CIES) project 2008 - 2009 was a joint University of Waikato and NZCER project funded by the Ministry of Education.

The purpose of the study was to develop a detailed account of the ways in which some schools are working to implement the New Zealand Curriculum (Ministry of Education) in order to inform planning for support and share examples of productive practice.

The study involved primary, secondary and one area school. It was conducted in two rounds, with 15 schools participating in round one and 20 schools in round two. Findings indicate the importance of leadership, a strong focus on pedagogy and making connections with communities and students.

Project outputs

Cowie, B., Hipkins, R., Boyd, S., Bull, A., Keown, P., McGee, C., ...Yates, R. (2009). Curriculum Implementation Exploratory Studies: Final Report. New Zealand; Ministry of Education.

McGee, C., & Cowie, B. (2009). The context of contemporary curriculum change. Waikato Journal of Education, 14(2008/2009), 91-104.

Morrison, M., & Cooper, B. (2009). Passionate and proactive: The role of the secondary principal in leading curriculum change. Waikato Journal of Education, 14(2008/2009), 105-121.

Ferrier-Kerr, J., Keown, P., & Hume, A. (2009). The role of professional development and learning in the early adoption of the New Zealand curriculum by schools. Waikato Journal of Education, 14(2008/2009), 123-137.

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