14 December 2005
New funding announced for TLRI
Twelve new educational research projects have been awarded grants under the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative
The TLRI aims to produce real and practical outcomes for teaching and learning through collaborative research projects
that will lead to improved teaching standards, better understanding of students’ needs and improvements in New Zealand’s
The projects continue important research work currently being done across the education spectrum, and the 2005
recipients cover a geographically, culturally, and socially diverse group of schools, tertiary institutions, and early
childhood learning environments.
The selection panel chose projects that needed investigation, dealt with areas significant to raising educational
achievement, and which will result in new knowledge that has a practical impact on teaching and learning in New Zealand.
One of the main criteria for projects was a commitment to partnerships, and the panel noted that three schools, Aranui
High School in Christchurch, Richmond Road School in Auckland, and Redwood School in Tawa, were taking the leadership
role in their respective research projects.
This is the third year of funding, and including those announced today there will be 43 separate research projects in
the TLRI programme either completed, continuing, or about to commence.
The selection panel shortlisted 22 projects and commented that after two years the quality of the proposals continue to
improve significantly, emphasising the importance of the TLRI, and the capabilities of a strong educational research
The TLRI Management Team has also released a report based on the first two years of the TLRI entitled Teachers’
Perspectives on Partnership and Research, which highlights the benefits teachers are gaining from participation in the
research projects. This is available on the TLRI website, www.tlri.org.nz, or by emailing email@example.com.
The New Zealand Council of Educational Research is contracted to manage the programme on behalf of the Ministry of
Education. A team of specialists in key areas of educational research manage the initiative and assist the researchers.