Mature students thrive at UC
Nearly half of our teaching students are over the age of 25 years.
Teaching is a profession that attracts a lot of mature students, as it provides an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children, families and the community.
Pathways to teaching careers
Our pathways to teaching at UC include undergraduate degrees in early childhood and primary teaching or, for those who have already completed a degree, there is the one year graduate diploma or masters degree pathway in early childhood, primary or secondary teaching.
Health intern investigates smokefree outdoor dining
While interning with the Cancer Society, Charlotte Ward researched and planned a smoke-free dining trial for Christchurch cafes and restaurants.
New one-year teaching Master’s degree
This exciting initiative offers graduates the opportunity to gain both a master’s degree and provisional teacher’s registration in one calendar year.
Bachelor of Arts Education Internships
"My internship was the most favourite paper I've done. I'd definitely recommend it." Angie Petty Watch our BA intern stories
2016 UC Education Secondary Schools Mud Run
Over 1,000 enthusiastic participants proved why 35 schools across Canterbury are so “muddy motivated” – with teachers and students alike looking forward to this event all year long. Watch now
Congratulations to our 2017 graduates
Staff from the College of Education, Health and Human Development would like to wish all our 2017 graduates the best of luck in their future careers. Over 70 students collected their degrees, diplomas and certificates at the UC Graduation Ceremony this week.
Image: Professor Missy Morton (Head of School of Educational Studies and Development, Professor Letitia Fickel (Head of School of Teacher Education) and Professor Mike Robb (Head of School of Health Sciences).
PhD Turns Passion for Cricket Into a Career
Being named after a famous English cricketer made it almost inevitable that Indian PhD student Sibi Boycott Walter would end up involved in the world of cricket. “My Dad was a big fan of the English cricketer Geoffrey Boycott, so I was named after him. Then I became a physiotherapist and got interested in cricket injuries, so it all just fell into place,” says Sibi.
For his PhD at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, Sibi is working on developing a programme to help fast bowlers avoid shoulder injuries. Read more at New Zealand Education
Measuring children’s progress in New Zealand schools has just become a bit more distinctly and competitively KIWI
For many years New Zealand school students have participated in the Australian mathematics, English and science competitions. This year, the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at the University of Canterbury (UC) has launched the Great KIWI English, mathematics and science competitions for New Zealand primary, intermediate and secondary schools.
Dr John Boereboom, who is the Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM NZ) at UC’s College of Education, Health and Human Development has taken the initiative to offer a Kiwi alternative to the “Aussie” competitions.
“We’re thrilled to be able to offer the Great KIWI English, mathematics and science competitions at the primary, intermediate and secondary school levels in English, mathematics and science. The uptake has been very encouraging with thousands of students participating throughout the country. These online competitions are designed by New Zealand teachers for New Zealand students, based on the New Zealand curriculum.” Read more
In-utero anxiety from Christchurch earthquakes showing up at school
Principals from eight schools told the Papanui-Innes Community Board last week they were very concerned they were not getting enough support to help children with stress-related behavioural problems. The principals' group said they did not feel the Ministry of Education understood the ongoing effects of the earthquakes on children and families, and more support was needed urgently.
University of Canterbury researchers say their study of children at eight schools confirms in-utero anxiety is playing out years later in children who were not born at the time of the earthquakes. Associate Professor Kathleen Liberty said 300 children born between 2008 and 2011 were being assessed for behavioural changes and compared to a group from an earlier study completed before the earthquakes. Read more
Student Profile - Allie Coyle studying towards a BA in Education, Psychology and Spanish
At UC, all of Allie’s interests were realised when she enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a UC Merit Scholarship. "The BA degree has allowed me to explore all the areas I am passionate about in a single degree structure, which I am so grateful for. So many people think you need to pick one subject area at university, but the reality is that under many degree structures you can explore, develop and achieve qualifications in a huge range of subject areas ... I have loved studying Education as it has really broadened my perspective on the world and how I fit in and contribute to it. It is a broad subject which encompasses the humanities as well as teaching, which is so valuable and correlates well with the Psychology side of my degree.’ Read more
A Better Start team welcomes new Pasifika PhD student
Team members from A Better Start: E Tipu e Rea’s Literacy and Learning strand were delighted to welcome their newest PhD student to the team, Saili Aukuso. Kai-arahi Pasifika Leali’ie’e Tufulasi Taleni, and members of the University of Canterbury College of Education, Health and Human Development Pasifika Advisory Group welcomed Saili. Saili said “It is very humbling to be receiving this award on behalf of the Pasifika community in Christchurch. Professionally I see this opportunity as an extension of my previous research on Bilingualism and the best practices attached to it. This opportunity means a lot to me personally for the fact that it is a highlight of my career as a teacher. While I have only just started, this award has proven for me and others like myself that we can make a solid contribution in any area of specialty.”
Bilingualism in a single language-dominant society16 February
University of Canterbury and Growing up with Two Languages researchers Una Cunningham and Jin Kim, and activists/teachers Anya Filippochkina and Jawad Arefi, discuss community/heritage language bi- and multilingualism in a single language-dominant society.
A fascinating discussion with one very clear recommendation for parents who speak a language other than English: use that other language with your children as they will develop strong English language competencies through their daily life and we should be encouraging bi- and multilingualism in New Zealand. Listen to the podcast here
Compulsory Te Reo? Can it really be done?
The Greens want to see compulsory Te Reo language classes in schools. Associate Professor Una Cunningham, a specialist in language learning at the University of Canterbury, says the idea is feasible but would have to overcome a big challenge – an almost complete lack of historical precedent.
Maori themselves comprise less than 15 per cent of New Zealand's population – that means the other 85 per cent will effectively be learning a second language which isn't their cultural tongue, a big majority who needs to buy in to the idea. Read more at stuff.co.nz
Instant te reo Maori - an experiment you've never seen before
Is it possible to have almost no knowledge of Maori, and completely master it within a month? If French takes 400 hours to learn while Japanese takes 2200 hours, how many hours will it take to become fluent in Maori?
Stuff reporter Julian Lee is on a mission to find out. Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu chief operating officer and former Maori TV broadcaster Julian Wilcox and master University of Canterbury linguists Jeanette King and Una Cunningham will help him along the way. Read more
Tracy Clelland reports in the NZ Herald: Parents play a part in sexuality conversation
Arguing over whether sexuality education should be the role of parents or teachers (public or private) fails to get on with supporting our young people to critically analyse what they are seeing, what is real and, most importantly, what is needed for positive sexuality and healthy relationships.
Research with university students found that young people feel they were exposed to limited, although improving, sexuality education from both school and parents. They argue for more time discussing emotions, feelings, consent, situational decision-making, love, pleasure and, yes, even desire. Read more
UC to open IELTS Test Centre
The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) in the College of Education, Health and Human Development is delighted to become part of the IDP global network of IELTS test centres by gaining approval to open an IELTS test centre at UC. CEM will become the second IELTS test centre in Christchurch.
Dr John Boereboom, Director of CEM, is presently fully engaged in preparing the infrastructure to open the IELTS Test Centre and assessment is expected to commence in April 2017, says College PVC Professor Gail Gillon. Read more
Mental health support vital for very young
Associate Professor Kathleen Liberty talked with the New Zealand Herald about counselling needs and post-traumatic stress disorder findings from her study of children through their first three years at school.
She is conducting an extensive study following about 320 children through their first three years at school, and found at least one in five show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. But she said only about 8 per cent were getting any kind of counselling. Read more
Sex education debate sparked over claims images shown to primary school children are too graphic
Associate Professor Kathleen Quinlivan, from the School of Educational Studies and Leadership, was interviewed on TV1 news. She weighed in on the controversial topic of sex education in primary schools and whether it was age appropriate.
New Year Honours for UC Professor
Congratulations to Dr David Mitchell, Adjunct Professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Development, who was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the New Year Honours
Dr David Mitchell is a world leader in the field of inclusive education and has held a wide range of international appointments, including various visiting professor and research fellow appointments, speaker at a range of international conferences, and various UNESCO consultancies. Read more
Teaching graduate’s photo predicts her future
The first person in her family to earn a tertiary qualification, Nina Vailu’u will graduate this week in the graduation ceremony for the College of Education, Health and Human Development. Eighteen months ago, when she was half-way through her three-year Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) studies, she starred in what turned out to be a prescient photoshoot at Cotswold School as part of an advertising campaign. Nina recently accepted her first job as a teacher at Cotswold School. Read more
UC Māori research group wins excellence award
The New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) has presented the 2016 NZARE Group Award to UC’s Te Rū Rangahau: The Māori Research Laboratory, for high quality research involving Māori. NZARE recognises excellence in educational research through its awards and grants programmes.
Since its inception following the Christchurch earthquakes, Te Rū Rangahau has become influential within the University of Canterbury’s College of Education, Health and Human Development and the NZARE citation described it as “a pivotal part of the development of Māori research” at UC. Read more
Opportunities for teaching scholarships
There are some excellent scholarships available to help students on their way - particularly for teachers of subject areas where New Zealand is experiencing teaching shortages such as maths, science, Te Reo Māori and technology subjects. Pasifika, Māori and Early Childhood scholarships are also available.
TeachNZ Scholarships have over 450 teaching scholarships
Recreation and tourism to the max: How much love can Aotearoa handle?
An ongoing good news story in New Zealand is the success of our tourism industry - more international visitors than Kiwis are predicted for the near future. This means more work for New Zealanders, and not just in the main centres. Dr Chris North discusses the impact of New Zealand's tourism boom. Read more
Dr Chris North, Deputy Head of UC’s School of Health Sciences, has worked in outdoor education and leadership for 17 years for secondary and tertiary institutions, international outdoor leadership organisations and outdoor clubs, and is a founder of Leave No Trace.
Healing the world, one student at a time
What happens when you immerse students from Europe, New Zealand, and the United States into the exciting and innovative atmosphere of post-quake Christchurch through the University of Canterbury course CHCH101: Rebuilding Christchurch?
In addition to their completion of over 1500 hours of service with 15 different community partners each semester, University of Canterbury (UC) students leave the course with Healing Proposals that seek to improve specific aspects of specific communities. For many students, their Proposals have prepared them to make a difference and ready to respond to opportunities when they presented themselves.
Two former CHCH101 students who particularly illustrate this in quite different, yet related, ways are Jessica Weston and Felicity Powell. Read more
Student Profile: Neville Rodrigues, studying towards a PhD in Health Sciences
'My goal is to find meaning in my work by helping others...'
Neville Rodrigues is studying towards a PhD in Health Sciences. "I have always had this desire to understand people and understand what their stories are." Neville’s PhD study analyses how young adult immigrants deal with the stress of natural disasters, which was inspired by the Christchurch earthquakes and period of uncertainty for refugee groups in the area at the time. Read more
NCEA pass rate targets: A wolf in sheep's clothing?
DR JOHN BOEREBOOM from UC's Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) says the increasing pass rates are masking concerns around the quality of the mix of achievement standards taken by different students to achieve NCEA.
Before we can make a judgement on the general health of NCEA, we need to collect, analyse and monitor wider-reaching data on the factors that affect student achievement, engagement and participation in NCEA.
Read more of John's commentary in the latest issue of The Education Review