NZPF hosted an Education Summit on Saturday, 27 August at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington
The purpose of the NZPF Summit was to design a set of agreed principles to guide the New Zealand public compulsory Sector and remove confusion that currently exists. Agreed principles were designed by drawing on education history, the present education environment and future directions.
New Zealand like other OECD societies and economies has experienced a profound transformation from reliance on an industrial age model to a 21st century knowledge based model. Global drivers increasingly are bringing to the fore what some call 21st century competencies accompanied by concern from educationalists that traditional educational approaches are insufficient.
New Zealand is currently implementing the national standards government policy but many professionals believe this narrow focus will lead to an over emphasis on measuring learning outcomes. The research and development work undertaken by academics is significant. The current challenge is to connect the realities of educational practice with policy making.
Reforms internationally have failed to influence the interface of learning and teaching. Perhaps it is time to have a set of guiding principles to help navigate the difficult balancing act that many educationalists describe as their current reality?
(Reference –The Nature of Learning - using research to inspire practice OECD)
Summit Programme >
Peter Simpson – President, New Zealand Principals’ Federation >
Dr Peter Lind – Director, New Zealand Teachers Council >
Dr John Langley – CEO, Cognition Education Limited >
Ann Milne – Principal, Kia Aroha College >
Dr Angus Hikairo Macfarlane, Professor Maori Research, Canterbury University, Presentation >
Dr Angus Hikairo Macfarlane, Professor Maori Research, Canterbury University, Te Pikinga ki Runga: Raising the Possibilities >