Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Climate of Standards in NZ Education

BY NATHAN WOODS

Over the past 20 years, changes in New Zealand’s education environment have led to a ‘climate of standards’. Some people argue that standards can help to motivate students by fostering a ‘mastery’ orientation to learning, while others argue that standards  are demotivating because they encourage  a ‘credit accumulation’ mentality, and a narrowing of the curriculum.
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