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A decade of growth – one PTE’s journey

JUDE BARBACK talks to New Zealand School of Education’s managing director Brijesh Sethi about the private training establishment’s growth over the last decade, and the highlights and hurdles it has faced along the way.

Mature-age students: do they feel supported?

At a time when the workforce is ageing and the labour market is increasingly volatile, ELIZABETH McLEOD asks the question: how well are our tertiary institutions set up for those wanting to upskill, retrain or further their knowledge?

Play-based learning: producing critical, creative and innovative thinkers

STEPHANIE MENZIES enters a plea to bring play back into the classroom.

Technology in early childhood education

FILIPE PRIETO shares his experience and findings on how technology can be used to great effect in early childhood education (ECE) settings.

Beyond the decile system

Many in the education sector believe the decile system isn’t working. Even the Minister of Education calls it “a blunt instrument”, and says she’d like to ditch it. Exactly what’s wrong with deciles, and can they be fixed? asks ELIZABETH McLEOD.

Opinion: no ‘easy credits’ with vocational pathways

Industry Training Federation chief executive JOSH WILLIAMS says we need to look beyond pass rates and focus on the doors that NCEA can open for students.

New Zealand universities stable in the world rankings

The positioning of New Zealand universities in the 2014/2015 QS World University Rankings, released today, remains stable; however, an overall lack of improvement suggests more investment is needed for universities to be globally competitive.

Lack of support, disinterest, and high costs: perceived barriers to higher education

JUDE BARBACK considers the findings of a recent survey that reveal high costs, lack of support and lack of interest as deterrents to pursuing tertiary education in New Zealand.

Note sharing: cheating the system or yourself?

JUDE BARBACK looks at the rise of note-sharing sites and the tenuous legal and ethical questions they raise for universities.

The end of the Aussie fee-free PhD (and what it means for NZ)

Australia is about to start charging postgraduate researchers fees. Does the change signal an end to the Kiwi PhD brain drain? JUDE BARBACKS reports.
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