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Old fiddles can play good tunes: essential information literacy skills of the 1990s are those of 2020s

Earlier this week I rediscovered the Essential Skills Assessments: Information Skills (ESA:IS) (2001) teacher’s manual and the accompanying CD of tests (photo) sitting in the bottom of the book shelf for at least the last 10 years.  The tests were... Continue Reading →

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I orea te tuatara ka patu ki waho (A problem is solved by continuing to find solutions)

Tena Koutou I have been working with our librarian, Catherine, for many years, seeking her support and help at the commencement of my eighteen month diploma level nursing programme. The first session is usually an interactive session that guides the... Continue Reading →

Rewarding Product over Process is an NCEA assessment flaw.

My participation in the Information Literacy Spaces Project turned 2018 into a year of exciting challenge and change about the way I approached teaching my Year 13 English Students. I collaborated and co-taught NCEA Level 3 standards with our school... Continue Reading →

Learning to write in the psychology discipline

At the end of last year, I began a professional training programme of child and family psychology (similar to clinical training, but specific to child and family psychology). Our first assignment was to write a psychological report based on a... Continue Reading →

Go rogue! Information literacy’s role in decolonising the curriculum.

I was fortunate to attend a communication conference in the US is November, and attended the pre-conference focused on ‘Decolonising the Curriculum’ within the Communication discipline. The session was led by a diverse group of people, most of whom have... Continue Reading →

Call me an optimist but I think the worm is turning

As the 2018 school year ends, two reports - one about the durability of NCEA and the other about school management and governance – were released for public submissions. Their analyses identify the weaknesses inherent in a pervasively outcomes-based system,... Continue Reading →

Better researchers make better coaches; introducing information literacy skills to a PE class.

With Physical Education (PE) having written components at all levels, especially levels two and three, it has become increasingly important for students to be able to reflect on the research process they have been working on, in the context of... Continue Reading →

Architecture project: workshops teaching information literacy help students to succeed

I am the subject librarian for the architecture and design faculty. One of the core first year courses is SARC 151 Architecture history. For the last couple of years I have been running a series of workshops aiming to teach... Continue Reading →

Te Tau o te Kōwhai

“Te Tau o te Kōwhai” (the season of the kowhai) is a whakataukī that describes the process of when the flower of the kōwhai tree blossoms and the tuī bird appears, the kina are ready for harvest (J. Puna, personal communication, October... Continue Reading →

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