Middle schooling in New Zealand

Dowden, Tony and Bishop, Penny and Nolan, C. J. Patrick (2009) Middle schooling in New Zealand. In: An international look at educating young adolescents. Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education (7). Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC. United States, pp. 135-156. ISBN 978-1-60752-042-9

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Abstract

Schooling for young adolescents in New Zealand (NZ) is problematic. Although NZ education has an enviable international reputation, the bipartite primary-secondary system has responded poorly to many young people who struggle to negotiate the transition between the two types of schooling. In this chapter we discuss the emergence of an indigenous middle schooling movement in NZ. We trace the history of middle level schooling from the first middle school in 1894, to a dalliance with a junior high school model in the 1920s, to the founding of the ubiquitous 'intermediate' school in the 1930s and, recently, the development of a handful of middle schools in the 1990s. We then evaluate current research and practice pertaining to middle level schooling in NZ. In particular we focus on current indictments on middle level schooling and recent reform efforts. We conclude by suggesting future directions for the education of young adolescents in NZ.


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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2013 23:24
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2013 01:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: New Zealand; adolescents; teenagers; transition to high school; education reform; Maori students
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130310 Maori Education (excl. Early Childhood and Primary Education)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220202 History and Philosophy of Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23169

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