Middle schooling in New Zealand

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Dowden, Tony, Bishop, Penny and Nolan, C. J. Patrick. 2009. "Middle schooling in New Zealand." Mertens, Steven B., Anfara, Vincent A. and Roney, Kathleen (ed.) An international look at educating young adolescents. Charlotte, NC. United States. Information Age Publishing. pp. 135-156
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Middle schooling in New Zealand

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2212
Book TitleAn international look at educating young adolescents
AuthorsDowden, Tony (Author), Bishop, Penny (Author) and Nolan, C. J. Patrick (Author)
EditorsMertens, Steven B., Anfara, Vincent A. and Roney, Kathleen
Page Range135-156
SeriesHandbook of Research in Middle Level Education
Chapter Number8
Number of Pages20
Year2009
PublisherInformation Age Publishing
Place of PublicationCharlotte, NC. United States
ISBN9781607520429
9781607528197
Web Address (URL)http://infoagepub.com/index.php?id=9&p=p496d6aa42f863
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.

KeywordsNew Zealand; adolescents; teenagers; transition to high school; education reform; Maori students
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
450899. Te mātauranga Māori kāore anō kia whakarōpūtia i wāhi kē (Māori education not elsewhere classified)
390202. History and philosophy of education
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Tasmania
University of Vermont, United States
Innovation Research Consortium, New Zealand
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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