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Media release: Research projects to improve outcomes for learners share $1.3 million in funding

The Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) has awarded over $1.3 million in funding to eight projects, which are expected to improve outcomes for learners.

All the projects are based on partnerships between researchers and educators, but diverge from there to span the curriculum across the early childhood, school, and tertiary sectors. The eight projects are summarised below, and include goal setting for schools, effective mathematics teaching in Māori medium settings, and the potential of online citizen science.

TLRI project leaders win teaching awards

Congratulations to TLRI project leaders Martin East and Azra Moeed who have won Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards. The awards are for sustained excellence in tertiary teaching and were presented at a function hosted by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Hon Steven Joyce at Parliament. You can read more about the awards here.

He pūtea tautoko mō te rangahau Māori New seeding grants for Māori research

The TLRI is funding new seeding grants to support Māori research. They are worth up to $10,000 each and are intended to support the development of proposals for the next full funding round in 2017.

You can read more here.

Considering and preparing an EOI

New to the TLRI? This document provides an overview of the fund, including its aims and principles, and steps you through the process of putting together an Expression of Interest.

2016 Funding round progress

Applicants who submitted Expressions of Interest for the 2016 TLRI funding round have been informed of the shortlisting decisions. Final funding decisions for 2016 will be made by 11 October.

Information about applying for a TLRI, including a list of all current and completed projects, is available available here.


Six projects funded in 2015 round

Six projects have been funded in the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) 2015 funding round. They were announced by the Minister of Education Hekia Parata here.

The projects selected for funding are:

TLRI newsletter out

The latest Partnership newsletter from the TLRI is now out with the latest events, dates and publications. You can read it here. You can subscribe to receive future issues via email here.

Overview of literacy research

What can we learn from TLRI research on literacy and where to next?

In the latest TLRI Project Plus series, NZCER senior researcher Sue McDowall looks across 18 literacy-related projects in the early childhood education and school sectors, carried out between 2003 and 2014. The report delves into the issues and problems that have been explored in the projects and the approaches taken. It considers to what extent the literacy-related projects have expanded our knowledge about literacy, literacy pedagogies and literacy practices.

Digital learning symposium

The TLRI and the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research at the University of Waikato hosted a symposium on digital learning in June, attended by about 40 researchers and some teachers.


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