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  • Learning statistics at a distance.

    Curry, L. (2002)

    Working Papers
    Open Polytechnic

    There is evidence from many leading statistics educators that students often find statistics a difficult subject to learn. This is often attributed to the abstract nature of the concepts and, in particular, to the change in thinking required to understand the theory of probability and its application in statistics. For mature-aged students, these difficulties may be compounded by lack of basic mathematical skills and anxiety about learning statistics. In addition, learning at a distance may increase the problems students have in obtaining good understanding of the concepts. In this paper the current literature relating to learning statistics is discussed, and some findings are presented from a qualitative study that aimed to record the feelings, opinions and experiences of a group of mature-aged students studying statistics in a distance environment. These findings are then discussed with reference to an existing framework described by Belenky, Clinchy, Goldberger and Tarule (1986) for understanding the way women come to know. The main findings of the study were the following: (1) Their lack of mathematical skills was the main reason that students were tentative about tackling a statistics course. Older students and those with little secondary education may have been particularly affected, (2) Anxiety was not so extensive as had been reported in overseas studies but is still an issue for statistics educators, (3) Almost all students saw value in having a compulsory statistics course in their degree and were aware of the need to interpret data presented to them in their study, work or everyday life, (4) The mature-aged students demonstrated good metacognitive skills and other learning strategies. Determination to succeed and high motivation were apparent, although many students found the course unexpectedly difficult, and (5) There was a variety of opinions about the effectiveness of available resources. Support mechanisms were deemed important, as was a face-to-face component in the statistics course and some flexibility in time frames.

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  • Monitoring employees' health.

    Walsh, M. (2006)

    Journal article
    Open Polytechnic

    It's important that an employer monitors the health and wellbeing of his employees and takes all practical steps to make sure their health and wellbeing isn't compromised by their exposure to hazards.

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  • Development of safe standard operating procedures and work methods.

    Walsh, M. (2006)

    Seminar Paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Does New Zealand need Asia?

    Sos, F. (2005)

    Seminar Paper
    Open Polytechnic

    Does New Zealand need Asia?

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  • The market orientation and product development link in Malaysia.

    Llanes, V.; Rashid, M.; Zabid, A.; Yew, N. (2003)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Political and security issues.

    Sos, F. (2003)

    Journal article
    Open Polytechnic

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  • The New Zealand tourism industry.

    Collier, A.; Harraway, S. (2006)

    Book
    Open Polytechnic

    Designed for use in travel and tourism courses which incorporate the unit standards developed by the Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation (ATTTO).

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  • Now you see it, now you don't - retail out of stock. Have we improved customer service?

    Steele, H. C. (2004)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Ethical Internet Marketing: Key criteria for business sustainability.

    Joshi, R.; Ramadass, M. (2005)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Workplace assessment: Prescriptions for practice and counter-narratives.

    Hoy-Mack, P. (2004)

    Journal article
    Open Polytechnic

    Workplace assessment: Prescriptions for practice and counter-narratives.

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  • Doing business with Asia.

    Sos, F. (2006)

    Seminar Paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • In through the out door: Drivers of training supported by New Zealand organisations.

    Blumenfeld, S.; Malik, A. (2007)

    Journal article
    Open Polytechnic

    Factors affecting employer support for internal, external and industry training are assessed using data from the Business New Zealand Skills and Training Survey 2003. Explanatory factors considered in this analysis are the size, location and age of the organisation, the industry in which the organisation operates, the gender composition of the organisation's workforce, the extent of workforce casualisation, average employee skill level and qualifications earned, and the concentration of those skills and qualification within the organisation. Measures of these factors are specified in logistic regression models in which the likelihood the organisation invests in on-site (internal), off-site (external) and/or industry training is included as the dependent variable. Results from this analysis suggest that the industry in which a firm operates and use of casual and part-time staff are the most significant drivers of New Zealand employers' willingness to invest in on-sight and industry training. Geographic location manifests a positive influence on firm investments in training provided off-site.

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  • Workplace rights for employees affected by serious illness or disease.

    McGrath, T. (2010)

    Seminar Paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Aspects of children's interactions in a mixed-age setting.

    Fagan, T. J. (2008)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

    Considers aspects of the social interactions that transpired for three children who attend Playcentre, a mixed-age early childhood setting in New Zealand. Using a qualitative multiple case study approach, these children (aged 1yr 6 mth, 3 yr 3mth and 4 yr 8 mth) were observed as they interacted in their Playcentre environment. The presentation considers some of the interactions that occurred with mixed-age peers as well as the interactions with peers of the same-age.

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  • Early childhood teachers' experiences and perceptions of diversity: Expressions of success and challenges

    Barker, A.; Rosewarne, S. (2009)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Workplace accidents leave multiple victims.

    Walsh, M. (2006)

    Journal article
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Building kaupapa Maori into early childhood education

    Broadley, Mary-Liz; Williams, N. M. (2010)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

    Discusses bicultural competence in early childhood education.Focuses on how bicultural competence is applied in the education of early childhood teachers with regards to M?ori pedagogies, identities, languages and cultural beliefs, and how M?ori pedagogies are valued in the provision of early childhood education in Aotearoa.

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  • Beyond childcare.

    Brennan, M. (2009)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

    Discusses the structural and cultural arrangements of contemporary Western child care.

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  • Debating literacy in the centre community.

    Hamer, J.; Adams, P. (2010)

    Journal article
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Discovering ICT : how technology can assist assessment and documentation.

    Fagan, T. J. (2006)

    Journal article
    Open Polytechnic

    Discusses using ICT to improve documentation and assessment methods of children in playcentres. ICT is more than a game-based resource and encompasses digital cameras, scanners, video cameras and photocopiers - all of which can be used to document learning for children.

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