Eight projects worth $1.7million have been selected for funding in the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) 2014 funding round. The TLRI aims to build knowledge about teaching and learning that will lead to significantly improved outcomes for learners. Expressions of interest for the 2014 funding round closed in May and shortlisted applicants then submitted a full proposal. The fund is open to the early childhood, school and post-school sectors.
We have published the first report in a new initiative called TLRI Project Plus. The idea of the series is to synthesise findings and draw some lessons from across a number of TLRI projects. The first in the series is called Doing research that matters: A success story from statistics education and was written by NZCER chief researcher Rosemary Hipkins. It explores two projects with a common focus on aspects of students' statistical thinking capabilities.
TLRI has announced funding for a research project based around an innovative kaupapa Māori early childhood centre. The project was successful in the Request for Proposals (RFP) issued in 2013. The RFP sought kaupapa Māori research projects designed to support educational outcomes for Māori learners across learning environments.
Proposals in this year’s funding round were very strong and as a result, some high-quality proposals were not able to be funded.
The 2013 funding round has been completed, with announcements due before the end of the year. In handing their recommendations to the TLRI Advisory Board for the final decision, the selectors noted that the quality of the proposals continues to improve, in terms of addressing the strategic, research, and practice criteria of the fund.
Applications that have been shortlisted for the 2013 TLRI funding round must be submitted by 5pm Friday 23 August. In addition, 23 August is the closing date for applications for the kaupapa Māori RFP, Kia piki ngā putanga ako mō te ākonga Māori, Māori roto i te ako, Achieving substantive change in Māori learner outcomes through Ako.
The TLRI has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in kaupapa Māori educational research. A half-day symposium was held on 10 July at Waikato University for interested researchers. If you missed the symposium, a PowerPoint presentation from the day is available here. You can also watch Dr Jessica Hutchings' short video on the RFP here.
The new book on curriculum integration has come out of a TLRI project.
Connecting Curriculum, Linking Learning by Deborah Fraser, Viv Aitken and Barbara Wyte from the University of Waikato is published by NZCER Press.
Dr Fraser and Barbara Wyte won a Ministry of Education contract in 1998 to investigate curriculum integration and were able to further the research through TLRI funding.
Dr Fraser carried out a project on learning and teaching in the arts and then went on to lead another TLRI project on connecting curriculum, eventually developing it into the book.