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Read about research projects conducted or commissioned by the Education Council.


Appraisal of Teachers Project

How can teachers put the Practising Teacher Criteria to work? Read more

Induction and Mentoring Project

What does high quality Induction and Mentoring look like? Read more

Whakamanahia Te Reo Māori Project

What level of te reo Māori proficiency should a graduate from an approved Māori medium teacher education programme have to begin their teaching career? Read more

Early Childhood Education Leadership

This project investigates and promotes leadership in early childhood education settings. This discussion paper investigates how leadership is conceptualised in the early childhood education sector in New Zealand. Read the discussion paper - Conceptualising Leadership in Early Childhood Education (PDF, 1MB)

Initial Teacher Education Research

The Teachers Council worked with the Ministry of Education to investigate the quality of initial teacher education in New Zealand. Read more about this project

Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners

Tātaiako is a resource explaining competencies teachers need to develop so they can help Māori learners achieve educationally as Māori. It was developed by the Ministry of Education, the Teachers Council and a reference group of academics, teacher education practitioners and iwi representatives involved in iwi educational initiatives. Read more and access resources

Māori Medium Research

In 2006, the Teachers Council conducted a phone survey of Tumuaki from a sample of Kura Kaupapa Māori to investigate issues relating to pouako registration. Read  the results - He Whakaaro no nga Tumuaki (PDF, 440KB)

Learning to teach

The Learning to Teach research programme was commissioned to provide a broader and more in-depth evidence base for the development of policies and advice to schools, kura, early childhood centres, initial teacher education providers, PRTs themselves and others in the education community who have a role in the support and professional education of newly qualified teachers. Read more

Standards for the Teaching Profession

The Standards were developed with significant input from the sector. The Standards rationalise the Practising Teacher Criteria from twelve criteria to six standards. They provide holistic descriptions of what quality teaching looks like in Aotearoa New Zealand. They have been developed to better reflect the contemporary teaching context in New Zealand – drawing on the elements of knowledge, practice, best practice and research. Read more about this project

This literature review examines the theories behind teaching standards and how they apply to professional teaching practice. Read the literature review - Standards for Teaching (PDF, 1MB)

Status of teachers and teaching

The Teachers Council worked with the Ministry of Education on a research project that investigated the status of teachers in New Zealand and implications for recruitment, retention and professionalisation of teachers. Research was commissioned to provide an evidence base for policy development and benchmarks for ongoing monitoring. Three reports were completed, two of which were published. The first report, Identifying Teacher Status, Its Impact and Recent Teacher Status Initiatives, is available on request.

Read report 2: Perceptions of teachers and teaching (PDF, 1.7MB)
Read report 3: Perceptions of the status of teachers (PDF, 1.1MB)