136 results for Report, 2010

  • Assessment moderation services for the Manurewa Enhancement Initiative: Samoan Bilingual Cluster.

    Amitunai-Toloa, M; Tuafuti, P; McCaffery, John; Gaugatao, S (2010)

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    The University of Auckland Library

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  • Stumbling blocks or stepping stones? Students' experience of transition from low-mid decile schools to university

    Madjar, Irena; McKinley, EA; Deynzer, M; Van Der Merwe, A (2010)

    Report
    The University of Auckland Library

    A prospective, longitudinal, qualitative study was undertaken with 44 students from 8 low or mid decile schools over a period of nine months. participants were interviewed at 6-weekly intervals. The study identified a range of barriers that impeded the transition process as well as factors that contributed to more successful transition.

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  • Growing Up in New Zealand: A longitudinal study of New Zealand children and their families. Report 1: Before we are born.

    Morton, SMB; Atatoa-Carr, Polly; Bandara, D; Grant, CC; Ivory, VC; Kingi, TK; Liang, R; Perese, L; Peterson, E; Pryor, JE; Reese, E; Robinson, EM; Schmidt, JE; Waldie, KE (2010-11)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    This is the first published report of the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study. The information collected from the Antenatal Data Collection Wave has been collated and this report describes the cohort of mothers and partners and provides descriptive statistics that relate to the children of the Growing Up in New Zealand cohort before they were born. This report includes data on parental antenatal intentions (immunisation, feeding plans), and health behaviours in pregnancy (relating to diet, alcohol, smoking, and physical activity). This data will allow the researchers to determine what effect adherence and non-adherence to specific guidelines have on children’s outcomes at birth and as they grow up over time.

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  • Success for all: Improving Maori and Pasifika student success in degree-level studies

    Airini; Brown, Deidre; Curtis, Elana; Johnston, Odie; Luatua, Fred; O'Shea, Mona; Rakena, Te Oti; Reynolds, Gillan; Sauni, Pale; Smith, Angie; Su'a Huirua, To'aiga; Tarawa, Matt; Townsend, Sonia; Savage, Tania; Ulugia-Pua, Meryl (2010)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    The Success for All project sought to examine the ways in which nonlecture teaching helps or hinders Māori student and Pasifika student success in preparing for or completing degree-level studies. Good practice was to be identified. This report is the final in a series of detailed technical reports prepared by the Success for All research team through the leadership of Dr Airini.

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  • Schools Implementing Reading Recovery: Comparative accessibility and coverage of need

    Boocock, Christine; Marshall, C; Watson, B (2010-12)

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    The University of Auckland Library

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  • The Optimisation of a Single Ambulance Moveup

    Zhang, Lei; Mason, Andrew; Philpott, Andy (2010)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    This paper develops optimal or near-optimal redeployment policies for single-ambulance problems. The first model aims to decide where to move the single ambulance on a network so as to maximize the reward for the next call. A dynamic programming model is formulated. Mathematical properties of optimal solutions are discussed and an efficient solution technique is presented. The second model considers where to move the single ambulance in order to maximize an expected number long run performance measure. To deal with the high-dimensional state space in this model, we formulate a new dynamic programming model with reduced state space. Examples are given to show insights.

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  • Charles Darwin's Geophysical Reports as Models of the Theory of Catastrophic Waves

    Galiev, Shamil Usmanovich (2010)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    As it is the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, 2009 has also been marked as 170 years since the publication of his book Journal of Researches, commonly referred to as The Voyage of the Beagle. During the voyage Darwin landed at Valdivia and Concepcion, Chile, just before, during and after a great earthquake which demolished hundreds of buildings, killing and injuring many people. It was a giant natural catastrophe. He saw the land rise before his eyes. Land was waved, lifted, and cracked, volcanoes awoke and giant ocean waves attacked the coast. There are two main goals of this book. The first is emphasising the priority of Darwin in the description and the analysis of the results of the severe earthquakes (Chapter I). Extracts from Darwin’s Diary and Narrative 2, ‘Journal of Researches’ and ‘The autobiography of Charles Darwin’ are presented. In the extracts Darwin described a few days of his work. Perhaps, those days were among the most important days of his life. We group the material of the extracts so that a reader can trace the evolution of Darwin’s thoughts. The key observations and ideas of Darwin, presented in the material, are shortly formulated. Then these ideas are analysed and compared with modern experimental and theoretical data. Taking into account Darwin’s key ideas we construct the mathematical models of natural catastrophic phenomena. Chapters II and III are devoted to catastrophic ocean waves. The Lagrangian description is used. Highly-nonlinear wave equations, which describe the evolution of the waves propagating over a variable depth, are derived. Attention is focused on the transresonant evolution of periodic ocean waves and tsunami. It was found that the height of the catastrophic waves changes from two to four of the height of the significant waves. The theory of uplift, loosening and rupture of weakly-cohesive geomaterials, gassy soils, and magma under sharp decompression within tension-seismic waves is developed in Chapter IV. The last Chapter is devoted to Nonlinear Science problems, in particular, to the transresonant evolution of initially smooth wave motion into vortex motion and turbulence. This evolution can take place in many layered systems: ground, ocean, air, and plasma. The generation of elastica (mushroom)-like waves, surface drops and jets, vortices and turbulence is simulated by the same highly-nonlinear wave equation. The results were used so that to describe the vortex generation in the Bose-Einstein condensate and plasma of early Universe.

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  • Availability of NCEA standards: Impact on success rate

    Turner, Rolf; Irving, Earl; Li, Meisong; Yuan, Johnson (2010)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    Research conducted by Starpath (see Turner, 2007) has revealed that Māori and Pacific students attempt, on average, far fewer NCEA Level 3 standards than do their Pākehā and Asian counterparts. This fact is particularly striking in respect of standards from the “Approved List” of subjects. This phenomenon has a serious deleterious impact on the prospects for success of Māori and Pacific students in achieving entrance to university. The current study was initiated to investigate the possibility that part of the reason for the deficit in the number of standards attempted might be a lack of availability of standards.

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  • Overcoming Barriers to the Growth of Small and Medium-Sized Firms in Transition Economies: Evidence from Macedonia

    Bah, El-Hadj; Brrada, JC; Yagit, T (2010)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    Using survey data on Macedonian firms that participated in USAID programs providing technical and financial assistance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and on firms that did not, we estimate the effectiveness of such assistance in increasing the growth of employment in the assisted firms. We control for selection bias in program participation and use both kernel and caliper propensity score matching to estimate the excess growth of employment in assisted firms. We find that assistance programs raised employment growth by 16-20 percentage points in the first year after assistance and by 26-30 points by the third year.

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  • Factors influencing University Entrance success rate

    Yuan, Johnson; Turner, Rolf; Irving, Earl (2010)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    “Factors Influencing University Entrance Success Rate” is a research project undertaken within the broader scope of The Starpath Project for Tertiary Participation and Success in order to gain a clearer understanding of the influence of a number of variables upon the rate at which students attain the qualification for entry to university commonly called University Entrance (UE) 1 . In particular, the study examines the effect of socio-economic status (using a school’s decile rating as the proxy indicator), the number of students in Year 13, and the ethnicity of the students on their rate of success in attaining the qualification for entry to university, UE. This quantitative study employs data on success rates for UE for 2006 and 2007 obtained from two databases – the NZQA website database, which reports aggregated Year 13 student data for each school in 2006 and 2007, and a Starpath database, which contains data for individual Year 13 students in 2006 and 2007. The first database was used to explore questions about school effects (i.e., decile and number of students in Year 13) while the latter was used to explore questions about the effects of ethnicity. The results are reported in two parts – Part One contains the results for secondary schools in Auckland, while Part Two contains the results for New Zealand secondary schools

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  • The impact of a revised UE criterion upon certain subgroups of students

    Turner, Rolf; Li, and Meisong; Yuan, Johnson (2010)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    In a Starpath technical report Shulruf, Hattie, and Tumen (2007) proposed a number of alternative criteria, different from the criterion currently used by the NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority), for achieving “UE” (University Entrance). 1 The proposed criteria incorporate notions of quality as well as quantity into the process of achieving UE. They are based upon a GPA [grade point average] score calculated from results obtained on NCEA standards.

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  • The impacts of liquor outlets in Manukau City: Summary report

    Cameron, Michael Patrick; Cochrane, William; McNeill, Kellie; Melbourne, Pania; Morrison, Sandra L.; Robertson, Neville (2010-03)

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    University of Waikato

    There has been significant recent debate over the impact of liquor outlets on communities in New Zealand. This report summarises the key results from a research project undertaken between 2008 and 2010. Media analysis and research with community stakeholders confirm that the issue is a focus of concern among communities in New Zealand. In Manukau City, off-licence liquor outlets tend to be located in areas of high social deprivation and high population density, while on-licence liquor outlets tend to be located in main centres and areas of high amenity value. Higher off-licence density is associated with lower alcohol prices and longer opening hours. The density of both off-licence and onlicence liquor outlets is associated with a range of social harms, including various police events and motor vehicle accidents. However, these results are context specific and care should be taken in applying them to other locations.

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  • Is there a lack of science resources and specialists for kaiako at Kura reo o Waikato?

    Hopkins, Aareka (2010-08)

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    University of Waikato

    The New Zealand debates on culture and science education for Maaori are grounded in the concern for the under-achievement of tauira in science. In 1995, a lack of subject experts, specialists and resources to implement the Ministry of Education’s science curriculum was identified. I investigated the concept of a mobile science laboratory to provide subject experts, specialists and resources to Kura Reo o Tainui as a way of improving and enhancing tauira literacy and engagement in puutaiao. This study used a semi-structured survey to elicit the whakaaro and perceptions of kaiako puutaiao from four Wharekura, three Kura Kaupapa Maaori, and three Rumaki Total Immersion classes in Waikato-Tainui, using registered participants in the inaugural Kura Reo o Tainui Waananga in 2008 to select survey participants.

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  • Maori & Psychology Research Unit annual report 2009

    Rua, Mohi; Nikora, Linda Waimarie (2010)

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    University of Waikato

    Annual report of the Maori and Psychology Research Unit (MPRU) 2009. The unit was established in August of 1997. The unit is designed to provide a catalyst and support network for enhancing research concerning the psychological needs, aspirations, and priorities of Maori people. The MPRU is well situated to draw together skilled and experienced interdisciplinary research groups by networking and establishing working relationships with staff and students within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the University, and the wider community.

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  • Laptops for teachers: An evaluation of the TELA scheme in schools (Years 1 to 3)

    Cowie, Bronwen; Jones, Alister; Harlow, Ann; Forret, Michael (2010)

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    University of Waikato

    The purpose of this evaluation is to investigate the impacts of the Laptops for Teachers Scheme: TELA (referred to from here as the TELA scheme) on teachers’ work over a period of three years (2006, 2007, 2008) and to record emerging changes in laptop use. This evaluation report presents findings from the three annual cycles of national focus groups and questionnaires with Years 1 to 3 teachers in New Zealand primary schools. In this evaluation, two methods of data collection were used: first, three focus groups were held with teachers in face-to-face meetings and second, a questionnaire was sent to teachers in a range of schools. The focus groups allowed teachers to talk about changes in their use of the laptop over the three years. Focus groups were held in the Taranaki, Wellington and Marlborough areas. The questionnaire asked teachers about various aspects of their laptops experience, including school support for laptops, professional development, their use of laptops at home and in school, and their goals for future use. In this final report, questionnaire results are presented together with the results from the focus groups held over three years.

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  • Laptops for teachers: An evaluation of the TELA scheme in schools (Years 4 to 6)

    Cowie, Bronwen; Jones, Alister; Harlow, Ann; Forret, Michael; McGee, Clive; Miller, Thelma (2010)

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    University of Waikato

    The purpose of this evaluation was to investigate the impacts of the Laptops for Teachers Scheme (referred to from here as the TELA scheme) on Years 4 to 6 teachers’ work over a period of three years (2004-2006) and to record emerging changes in laptop use. The investigation focused on the Ministry of Education expectation (Ministry of Education, 2004) that teacher access to a laptop for their individual professional use would lead to gains in confidence and expertise in the use of ICTs, to efficiencies in administration, would contribute to teacher collaboration and support the preparation of high quality lesson resources. It was also anticipated that teacher would use their laptop in the classroom for teaching and learning.

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  • Assessment of vegetation condition and health at Claudelands Bush (Jubilee Bush; Te Papanui)

    Cornes, Toni S.; Clarkson, Bruce D. (2010)

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    University of Waikato

    As the largest remnant indigenous natural area, Claudelands Bush is a key asset for Hamilton city. With a history including clearance, logging and grazing; high numbers of plant species have been lost from the bush. Some of these pressures still exist today such as drainage, invasion by adventive plant species, presence of animal pests and the small size of the bush fragment. These pressures continue to contribute to native species losses. To reduce species loss and improve vegetation condition and biodiversity, management has been taking place in the area since the 1980’s. Management included planting of native species, weeding of the bush, construction of wind breaks and boardwalks.

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  • Boat electrofishing of the Waikato River upstream and downstream of the Huntly Power Station: spring 2010

    Hicks, Brendan J.; Baker, Cindy F.; Tana, Raymond; Powrie, Warrick; Bell, Dudley G. (2010-11)

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    University of Waikato

    The objective of this investigation was to evaluate fish abundance and community composition upstream and downstream of the Huntly Power Station discharge by boat electrofishing in order to contribute to effects assessment of the thermal discharge. This limited sampling suggests that koi carp had the greatest biomass of any fish species, and were aggregated immediately downstream of the Huntly Power Station. Previous work would suggest that a single electrofishing pass catches about half of the fish present. The method is known to under-sample eels and catfish, but is a robust semiquantitative tool to estimate relative fish abundance.

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  • Enhancing learning for engineering trade learners: Augmented paper-based materials in course design.

    Brown, C.; Glaeser, M.; Maathuis-Smith, S.; Mersham, G. M. (2010)

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    Open Polytechnic

    This project tested the feasibility of embedding augmented reality targets, which could be viewed on computers using a simple webcam, into print material for second-year apprentice engineering trade learners at the Open Polytechnic. This would enable them to see the images in 3-D form, thus improving their learning experience. With augmented reality (AR) software the real-world image is augmented by virtual computer-generated imagery that is created when a webcam or camera-like device "reads" the target embedded in a page. The second-year apprentice engineering trade learners were chosen as a "test" group because they are generally kinaesthetic learners who don't always have access to the real-life artefacts they are studying. If this project was successful, further developments could be undertaken to enable augmented targets to be viewed via cellphones. Learners who view images of artefacts on a computer screen are able to rotate and enlarge them, as well as view them from different angles.

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  • Youth Health Services Literature Review. A rapid review of: School based health services Community based youth specific health services & General Practice health care for young people

    Fleming, Theresa; Elvidge, JM (2010)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    This literature review was commissioned by Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB) to inform service planning and the implementation of the WDHB strategic plan for youth health ??? ???E Tu Tai Tamariki ??? Young People Stand Tall: Strategic Directions for Youth Health 2009-2014???. The information from this report will be considered alongside other information including youth input, provider feedback and current opportunities, in order to improve the health and wellbeing of young people aged 12- 24 years in the Waitemata district. This is a rapid review of published literature relating to the health services for young people aged 12-24, in three focus areas: School based health services Youth health care in General Practice settings Community based youth specific health services Literature was identified using PubMed, Google Scholar, Embase, CINAHL, and Cochrane library databases, hand searches of key youth health websites and brief Google searches for ???grey??? literature (such as reports). Systematic or high quality reviews published in peer reviewed publications within the last ten years were used where available. In using this report it is important to note its limitations. These include: 1) this is a brief review undertaken in short time frame 2) approaches that have not been evaluated or not been published will not be included 3) approaches that do not come under one of the identified focus areas will not be included 4) much of this research comes from overseas. Thus in decision making for services this information should be considered alongside other, local information.

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