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Item: AP Oct/1
A new test for China? States in the development of an assessment for professional purposes
by Jin, Yan; Hamp-Lyons, Liz. p 397-426

Item: AP Oct/2
The neglected situation: assessment performance and interaction in context
by Maddox, Bryan. p 427-443

Item: AP Oct/3
Accuracy in student self-assessment: directions and cautions for research
by Brown, Gavin T L; Andrade, Heidi L; Chen, Fei. p 444-457

Item: AP Oct/4
Rater strategies for reaching agreement on pupil text quality
by Jolle, Lennart. p 458-474

Item: AP Oct/5
Multi-level model of contextual factors and teachers’ assessment practice: an integrative review of research
by Fulmer, Gavin W; Lee, Iris C H; Tan, Kelvin H K. p 475-494

Evaluation Matters coverFirst issue of a new journal published by the New Zealand Council of Educational Research and the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association.

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Item EVM Oct/1
Unpacking the evaluator’s toolbox: observations on evaluation, privilege, equity and justice: keynote presentation, annual conference of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association
by Kirkhart, Karen E. p 7-24

Item EVM Oct/2
Cultural fit: an important criterion for effective interventions and evaluation work
by Goodwin, Debbie; Sauni, Pale; Ware, Louise. p 25-46

Item EVM Oct/3
Finding our way: cultural competence and Pakeha evaluators
by Torrie, Rae et al. p 47-81

Item EVM Oct/4
Wairua and cultural values in evaluation
by Kennedy, Vivienne et al. p 83-111

Item EVM Oct/5
Kaupapa Maori action research in a Whanau Ora collective: an exemplar of Maori evaluative practice and the findings
by Baker, Maria; Pipi, Kataraina; Cassidy, Terri. p 113-136

Item EVM Oct/6
Evaluative reasoning in public-sector evaluation in Aotearoa New Zealand: how are we doing?
by Nunns, Heather; Peace, Robin; Witten, Karen. p 137-163

Assessment in education coverBy Gavin W. Fulmer, Iris C.H. Lee & Kelvin H.K. Tan. Assessment in education: principles, policy & practice 22 (4), 2015, p. 475-494 (article).

Presents a multi-level contextual model of factors that may influence teachers’ assessment practices. Uses this model to review selected literature on teachers’ assessment knowledge, views, and conceptions.

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Evaluation Matters coverBy Rae Torrie et al. Evaluation matters 1, 2015, p. 47-81 (article).

Describes challenges that Pākehā evaluators face in developing cultural competence in Aotearoa New Zealand. Discusses the development and use of a heuristic to aid enquiry and support evaluators to work in a culturally responsive manner. Includes case examples that illustrate the heuristic in practice.

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Journal of educational change coverBy Jo Beth Jimerson & Ellen Reames. Journal of educational change, 16 (3), 2015, p. 281-304 (article).

Describes how some US schools have involved their students in tracking, charting, and analysing their own data in formal and structured ways. Looks at when and under what conditions this practice may be beneficial to learning and teaching.

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Evaluation Matters coverBy Heather Nunns, Robin Peace & Karen Witten. Evaluation matters 1, 2015, p. 137-163 (article).

Reports the results of a meta-evaluation of evaluation reports written by New Zealand public sector agencies between 2010 and 2013. Attempts to determine how evaluative reasoning is being practiced in New Zealand. Looks at the presence or absence in the reports of evaluative objectives or reasoning, criteria or other comparators, defined standards, a warranted argument, and an evaluative conclusion or judgement.

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Regulating and quality assuring VET coverBy Josie Misko. National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 2015, 70 p.

Talks about regulatory and quality assurance systems for vocational education and training (VET) in Australia and other countries, including New Zealand. Reviews the literature relating to regulatory models and frameworks applied in the sector and in other relevant industry sectors. Looks at the role of transparency and accountability, and combining internal monitoring mechanisms with external review.

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Rethinking grading coverBy Cathy Vatterott. ASCD, 2015, 131 p.

Critiques traditional assessment practices and policies in US primary and secondary schools. Presents a new approach to grading that focuses on student mastery of content. Shows how standards-based grading can authentically reflect student progress and learning.

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Harvard business review cover September 2015By Linda Brimm. Harvard business review 93 (9), 2015, p. 108-112 (article).

Presents tips on how to adapt to major and complex career changes.

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How to be confident and assertive at work coverBy Suzanne and Conrad Potts. Robinson, 2015, 210 p.

Provides practical advice and words to use when dealing with difficult situations at work. Covers appraisals, managing the boss, cooperating with colleagues, customer relationships, disciplinary interviews, asking for a pay rise, public speaking, handling senior managers, managing staff, and working with volunteers. Talks about verbal and non-verbal behaviour, visualisation, self-talk, rights and personal permission, beliefs, saying no, and appropriate behaviours for meetings.

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Measuring and improving social coverBy Marc J. Epstein & Kristi Yuthas. Greenleaf Publishing, 2014, 254 p.

Presents a framework for organisations to use to identify, measure, and improve the social impact of the work they do. Talks about the social impact cycle, understanding investors and investment options, how social impacts are created, linking actions to impacts, and measurement approaches.

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Public sector cover 2015By John O’Leary. Public sector 38 (3), 2015, p. 5-8 (article).

Looks at what productivity means in the New Zealand public sector. Considers how it might be measured, analysed, and enhanced.

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By Nicola Muir. North & South, Oct. 2015, p. 66-74 (article).

Investigates the reasons behind decisions made by Northland’s NorthTec polytechnic to cease providing a successful arts programme while opening two campuses for international students in Auckland. Considers the role and funding of tertiary institutions in rural New Zealand, and the lack of emphasis on arts courses at tertiary level.

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Listener cover 29 August 2015By Rob O’Neill. Listener, 29 Aug. 2015, p. 16-21.

Talks about new approaches to work that help employees fulfill their creative potential and increase productivity. Looks at how managers at companies such as Google and Amazon use data to transform teams and workplaces. Considers the quality of managers in New Zealand. Discusses how increasing automation might disrupt traditional ideas about employment and jobs.

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Riding the waves of culture coverBy Fons Trompenaars & Charles Hampden-Turner. Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2015, 389 p. 3rd ed.

Shows how managers can build the skills, sensitivity, and cultural awareness required to effectively lead people and organisations in a global business environment. Describes the cultural frameworks that affect day-to-day business. Covers managing groups and individuals, feelings and relationships, how people accord status, time management, relating to nature, national cultures and corporate cultures, international and transnational management, reconciling cultural dilemmas, and the phenomenon of cultural convergence.

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Lead inside the box coverBy Victor Prince & Mike Figliuolo. Career Press, 2015, 285 p.

Presents a framework for managers to use to obtain peak performance from each individual in a team. Shows leaders how to invest their time and energy efficiently and identify the leadership needs of each team member. Categorises team members as exemplars, high-cost producers, passengers, and detractors, and shows how to lead each type of employee.

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Work rules coverBy Laszlo Bock. John Murray Publishers, 2015, 406 p.

Draws lessons from Google’s approach to management to illustrate how to create a high-freedom, high-performance workplace and unlock employees’ creativity. Discusses how organisations can achieve sustainable productivity and a sense of community. Covers hiring strategies, pay, principles of openness and transparency, devolving power and decision making to employees, improving performance management, and learning lessons from the best and worst employees in an organisation.

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Rewrite coverBy Lynda Harris. Write Ltd, 2015, 287 p.

Outlines the cost of bad writing in business and government. Presents practical strategies to help leaders learn to write clearly and effectively using principles of plain English.

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Employed but under fire coverBy Michael Smyth. Approachable Lawyer Ltd, 2013, 127 p.

Presents strategies to help employees who are unhappy with the way they are treated by their manager or who are considering taking a personal grievance case. Covers situations including unjustified performance and redundancy processes. Looks at how to negotiate an employment agreement, how to answer misconduct allegations, and how to deal with workplace bullies. Includes advice for employees who suffer illness or accident and feel they are being treated unfairly.

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North and south cover Sept 2015By Joanna Wane. North & South, September 2015, p. 34-39 (article).

Discusses what factors New Zealand parents need to consider when choosing which secondary school to send their children to.

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