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Portfolio of research projects and reports

CORE Education's researchers have expertise in a variety of social research methods, with a particular emphasis on action research and other forms of participant research. Our portfolio illustrates the range of national and local research projects that we have undertaken over the last 10 years, and includes large and small scale educational programme evaluations, reports, conference papers, and articles.

This research project contributes a perspective on how junior school teachers might improve continuity for children moving from ECE to school. The transformation of the new-entrant and year-1 classes at Mairehau Primary School provides powerful insights into what is possible when teachers embrace play as a valid and worthwhile form of learning for young children new to school.

In this report, we describe the long history of distance education in New Zealand and describe two recent reports that outlined potential future directions for virtual learning organisations in New Zealand. We also consolidate those visions – along with recent educational developments – to chart a vision for the future of education in New Zealand through virtual learning.

Fifty-six early childhood educators investigated particular aspects of e-learning. At the end of the project the centres involved wrote a reflective report that demonstrated how a range of ICTs had been utilised to improve learning outcomes for children, communities and teachers in an early childhood education setting. At three points during the project (the beginning, the mid-point and the end of the project), teachers were surveyed about their e-learning practices and the data was analysed to compare the changes in teachers and services eLearning practices over time.

In this pilot investigation, the authors observed how two early childhood services (one kindergarten and one childcare centre) used iPads to extend the range of learning opportunities they offer for children up to five years old. The authors explored some of the reasons these devices might be used by early childhood teachers.

This 2011-2012 cross sector (ECE,primary and secondary) collaborative research project re-analysised data to investigate and build theory about the wide range of literacy learning that can take place in e-learning contexts.

This report synthesizes the feedback gathered from Shaping Education project. It involved a number of facilitated focus groups as part of the community engagement process, from early childhood to tertiary, and included public input that was gathered on the Ministry of Education website. This gave an opportunity for children to have input alongside the voice of independent focus groups and written submissions.

This report was commissioned by the Ministry of Education to take a broad view of and report on the impact of the Sept 2010, Feb and June 2011 earthquakes on the participation of children in early childhood education (ECE), specifically in relation to the provision of education for children in the east of Christchurch.

The Tertiary Accord of New Zealand (TANZ), the Public Sector Training organisation (PSTO) and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) developed a number of blended programmes. The suitability of proprietary and open source learning management systems were investigated to determine how effectively they supported online and blended learning.

The Ministry of Education commissioned CORE to evaluate AnyQuestions, a collaborative pilot project between libraries, the government and those in the information and education sectors. The aim is to develop an online reference service for all New Zealand school students. 

The Ministry of Education commissioned CORE to evaluate WickEd, educational resource website aimed at students between the ages of 7 and 12 years, providing educational resources for students who may not have access to ICT at home.