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Subject choice for the future of work

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Rosemary Hipkins

Karen Vaughan

Jan Eyre

Date published

1 December 2019

To support our newly released report on Educating New Zealand’s future workforce, the Commission contracted the New Zealand Council for Educational Research to look at the ways in which secondary schools can help or hinder students’ ability to make choices for an uncertain future of work.

The research (divided into two parts: insights from the literature, and insights from focus groups), identifies a number of relevant issues. These include the continued existence of a “well-lit pathway” from school to university, the constraint that University Entrance can place on student choices, and the way in which patchy implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum’s key competencies can limit students’ ability to keep their options open.


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