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About Storytelling by Helen McKay and Berice Dudley. Recommended retail price $14.

Storytelling is as old as language. It crosses all boundaries of time, age and culture. Stories inspire, instruct and, above all, entertain. Increasingly, they are being used by management for strategic planning, and by therapists to help find resolutions to conflicts.

About Storytelling is practical and instructive. It advises you how to:
begin and develop stories, whether told or read aloud
relate to an audience
create the best dramatic effect
deliver a memorable performance.

Whether you’re a writer, teacher, yarn-spinner, librarian, after-dinner speaker, therapist, corporate trainer, tour guide, or anyone involved in communication, About Storytelling is the essential reference.

Helen McKay and Berice Dudley are an experienced team of storytellers who offer techniques to help all communicators develop their skills in storytelling. They are working at dispelling the myth that storytelling is for children only, by showing its relevance to all facets of adult life. Soft cover, 126 pages.


Annie Stories: Helping young children meet the challenges of growing up by Doris Brett. Published by Hale and Iremonger. ISBN 0868066192. Recommended retail price $16.

Adults know that nightmares aren’t real and you won’t be chased by wild animals or sucked down the plug-hole. But try explaining that to a three-year-old. Logic doesn’t usually work. Annie Stories will.

Doris Brett developed a technique of ‘therapeutic storytelling’ to help calm the fears of her daughter, Amantha, and to build self-confidence. In Annie Stories she introduced healing stories designed to help you communicate with your child about the emotions and anxieties of common childhood situations: nightmares, fears, sibling birth, divorce, how to relax, death of a loved one.

Annie Stories show you how to tailor the stories to your individual child, how to create your own stories, and includes a special section detailing how to reinforce positive results. This is a quite superb book that Paddy recoomends highly. Soft cover, 114 pages.


Developing Scenario-Based Learning edited by Edward Errington. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864694431. Recommended retail price $26.95.

There is a growing interest across all education sectors in the use of scenario-based learning (SBL). The impetus comes from a desire by educators and allied professionals to help adult learners make bridges between the knowledge of a discipline area and ‘real-life’ professional practice.

This book is designed to help educators plan, deliever, evaluate and reflect on four of the most common kinds of scenario. These are:
· Skills-based scenarios
· Problem-based scenarios
· Issues-based scenarios
· Speculative-based scenarios

With contributions from practitioners who enthusiastically use scenarios across a variety of discipline areas, this book is ideal for the scenario-creating novice as well as for experienced practitioners wishing to further develop their ideas and teaching options.

The contributors go much further than simply describing their innovative practices. Rather, they analyze SBL judiciously, provoking the reader to consider a range of scenario options. These practitioners offer sound advice, from the setting of learning goals to SBL delivery.

Dr. Edward Errington is a Training Consultant for Massey University in New Zealand. He is author of four other international texts that explore the use of scenarios as a valuable tool for promoting student learning. Soft cover, 168 pages. Published in 2003.


Distance Education in the South Pacific edited by Richard Guy, Toshio Kosuge and Rieko Hayakawa. Published by the Institue of Pacific Studies. ISBN 9820201438. Price $13.

Distance education in the South Pacific has been innovative, using radio, television, satellite technology and international collaboration. Much has been learned from these experiences, not only by students but by instructors as well. The chapters here analyze the historical, physical, political, social and economic contexts that have shaped the emergence and practice of distance education in the past 25 years - at times enhancing, at other times constraining the delivery of education.

Contributors to this book have been directly involved, from the beginning, in the activities of distance education in the South Pacific. They bring insights and reflections based on firsthand experience. They continue to influence policy and practice in the region.

This book fills a large gap in the understanding of distance education in the South Pacific. It will be of interest to teachers, students, administrators, practitioners and researchers throughout the region and to those involved in distance education beyond the Pacific Islands. Soft cover, 316 pages. Published in 2000.


Early Childhood Literacy Handbook, The New Zealand: Practical Literacy Ideas for Early Childhood Centres by Judy Hamer and Paul Adams. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864694245. Recommended retail price $28.95

Literacy in early childhood education is set to become a critical part of center programs in the near future with the development of a cross-sector long-term National Literacy Goal, the inclusion of literacy in the early childhood Strategic Plan and growing government and community interest in the area in general.

The aim of this handbook is to provide early childhood educations with the information they need to incorporate literacy into their centers in appropriate ways which reflect the broader principles, goals and aspirations of Te Whariki and their center community. The book examines the theoretical rationales for sound literacy policy development and debate, and provides practical frameworks for implementing appropriate and relevant literacy practices in early childhood centers.

With its close link to Te Whariki, this handbook provides all the information educators need for appropriately incorporating and building on existing literacy practices in their centers. Soft cover, 138 pages. Published in 2002.

Electrotechnology. Published by Open Mind Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-0909009168. Recommended retail price $49.95

An up-to-date, definitive resource for both experienced electrical workers and trainees in New Zealand. Written by staff of the Electrotechnology Centre at The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, the book fills the void left since its forerunner was published in 1977. Content includes:

· comprehensive coverage of basic electrotechnology theory
· the essentials of safe practice
· theory content for the National Certificates in Electrical Engineering (Levels 2, 3 and 4)
· simple and clear explanations of all terms and processes·

Early chapters cover the basics of electrotechnology and assume no prior knowledge on the part of the reader. Topics include prescribed electrical work, more complex principles such as electronic speed controllers and programmable logic controllers, and recent developments in electrotechnology. Safe practice is explained and emphasized throughout.

Soft cover, 566 A4 pages, and more than 600 illustrations. Published in 2000.

Ethical Teacher, The by Ivan Snook. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864694326. Recommended retail price $23.95.

In contrast to current focus on the ‘competent teacher’ and ‘the skilled teacher’, this book proposes the model of the ‘ethical teacher’ – one who understands both the moral purpose of education and the importance of viewing the process of teaching as basically ethical in nature.

The Ethical Teacher will be relevant to professional courses in teacher education at both the pre-service and in-service levels. It has been written primarily for teachers in their classrooms. Topics covered include:
· The role of the teacher
· Accountability teacher assessment and appraisal
· Rights in education
· Relationships in schools
· Privacy and confidentiality in schools
· School rules, discipline and punishment
· Controversial issues and indoctrination
· Counselling in schools
· Research in Education
· Ethics and Politics

Soft cover, 199 pages. Published in 2003.

Going Public: Communicating in the Public & Private Sectors by Kay Chung. Recommended retail price $30.

Successful management and marketing depend greatly on the ability to communicate and, most importantly, the quality of that communication. Failure in this crucial area leads inevitably to the failure of enterprises in both the public and private sectors. Going Public is the essential guide to the management of corporate and government communications.

It provides down-to-earth, lively and highly readable advice on how to achieve outstanding communication success. It outlines in detail how to conduct a communications audit in any organization, large or small, and describes the basic research methods for assessing ongoing strategies – an essential and often neglected task.

Going Public examines every means of internal and external organizational communication, covering such topics as face-to-face encounters, meetings, staff briefings, non-verbal communication, written communication, advertising, relating to the media, promotional products, sponsorship, crisis management, electronic communications and many other aspects of the subject.

Above all, Going Public is practical. It contains many examples of the communications styles of politicians and public figures, provides detailed case studies, and offers a website address from which the reader can download useful communications templates, such as media conference sheets and style guides. Soft cover, 320 pages.

Learning through Storytelling: Using Reflection and Experience In Higher Education Contexts by Janice McDrury and Maxine Alterio.  ISBN 0864694067.  Published by Dunmore Press. Recommended retail price $17.95.

Storytelling is a powerful and enduring communication tool that has the capacity to support educators, students and others to reflect on and learn from experience and, in the process, deepen their understanding of practice and self. When storytelling is formalized in thoughtful and meaningful ways, it captures everyday practice moments and turns them into learning opportunities.

This book explains and demonstrates how formalized storytelling processes which accommodate diverse cultural, emotional and experiential realities, can be used by educators, students and practitioners to inform, develop and advance professional practice. It links the art of storytelling to reflective learning processes and provides a storytelling model that has five stages: story finding, story telling, story expanding, story processing and story reconstructing.

Both theoretical and practical, this book will be valuable for educators teaching in higher and further education sectors, students studying at undergraduate through to postgraduate levels and practitioners working in professional practice or training and professional development contexts. It will also be a useful resource for educational and health researchers.  Soft cover, 199 pages. Published in 2002.

Left To Write Too by Harry Hood. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864693648. Recommended retail price $22.

This book is about developing effective written language programs for young learners. This second edition follows the very successful Left to Write and first edition of Left to Write Too. This volume has been updated further, and a new chapter on spelling added. Each chapter has been revised in line with current educational thinking. Included are many practical suggestions for monitoring the individual learner and listed learning outcomes to assist teachers in meeting the demands of the English Curriculum.

Harry Hood is one of New Zealand’s most respected educationist; his ideas on the teaching of writing have been successfully implemented in many New Zealand schools. Soft cover, 114 pages, (second edition) published in 2000.

Noises in the Night: 6 Stories – 12 Games for Children from 4 to 8 years old by Roger Vaughan Carr, Illustrated by Pallavi Shinde. Recommended retail price $ 25.

¨ Six exciting adventures four to eight year olds will want to read over and over.
¨ Animated action on every screen
¨ 12 educational games developed to ensure success
¨ Full color illustrated dictionary of over 90 common English words
¨ Natural, conversational English – each line (read aloud as the screen opens), can be repeated as often as the child chooses; as can each individual word
¨ Interactivity – children can write and print their own stories
¨ Individual student record management system for teacher, parent and child alike
¨ Supported on the eKIDna Web:

Interactive CD Rom.

Observation: A Tool for Learning by Caryl Hamer. ISBN 0909009155. Published by The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. Recommended retail price $9.95

An easy-to-read and practical guide to help early childhood educators sharpen their observation skills. It includes useful ideas for recording observations simply and clearly, and a range of different techniques with examples of when and how each one can be applied. Skilled observation of young children is the foundation of quality early childhood education.

'This book … is a worthy successor to writings on observation in New Zealand, especially those by Anne Smith and Pat Penrose.'
'Most good child study and child development texts need the energy, insight and passion of knowledgeable practitioners to inspire students. Caryl's own enthusiasm for her topic is clear. I enjoyed her insightful examples and friendly, personal style.'
'This book is a valuable teaching tool, and will be useful for leading the emerging professional into the process of planning for individual children.'
Marion Soutar, reviewed in Early Education, No. 23, Winter 2000.

Caryl Hamer has long been involved in early childhood education. She has worked with a range of early childhood organisations including the NZ Playcentre Federation, YMCAs of New Zealand, Te Tari Puna Ora O Aotearoa/NZ Childcare Association and Anau Ako Pasifika. Soft Cover, 72 pages. Published in 2000.

Pacific Languages in Education edited by France Mugler & Jon Lynch. Published by the Institute of Pacific Studies. ISBN 9820201233. Recommended retail price $10.

The Pacific region has over 1200 indigenous languages. Different Pacific Island countries have different 'language profiles'. Some countries, such as Cook Islands, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Niue, and Tokelau, have only one indigenous language, which has relatively high status. Other countries, such as Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands have a large number of languages, all with low status.

The metropolitan languages English and French have been the primary languages of education throughout the region. Indigenous languages also have a place in some education systems. Many Pacific Islanders, including those writing in this collection, believe that place should be larger.

This collection of articles and interviews explores policy, practice and attitudes relating to the use of Pacific languages in education systems of most Pacific Island countries and territories, from pre-school to tertiary level. It records history; it deals with current attitudes and prejudices; and it focuses attention on perceived problems with the medium of education in many parts of the region. Soft cover, 310 pages. Published in 1996.

Professional Practice of Teaching, The (2nd edition) edited by Clive McGee and Deborah Fraser. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864693907. Recommended retail price $49.95.

This important book is intended for pre-service teachers, practicing teachers, and the wider education community. Its importance is that pertinent international and national perspectives are drawn together and applied to the New Zealand classroom and school context. Written by authors who have a wide range of experiences in teaching, learning and research, it provides valuable information, ideas and suggestions about how to develop and improve classroom teaching. It is an ideal book to support courses in professional studies, professional practice, curriculum studies and learning and teaching.

The book is written in a lively style and is complemented with photographs and illustrations. It brings the reader up-to-date with theoretical ideas and research, and demonstrates how theory can be applied in classrooms through case studies and examples. There are suggested learning activities for each chapter that can be the basis for pre-service and in-service workshops and study. Soft cover, 358 pages. Published in 2001.

Reading The Writing On The Wall: Debates, Challenges and Opportunities in the Teaching of Reading by Tom Nicholson. Published by Dunmore Press. Recommended retail price $33.

In this book Tom Nicholson presents the debates and challenges in the controversial field of reading instruction. He covers the pendulum swings that have occurred historically in the teaching of reading, both in New Zealand and elsewhere, and discusses the trends that will shape reading instruction in the future.

This book, the author’s twelfth on reading, has a practical orientation. It includes the following topics:

¨ whole language and phonics
¨ the search for the ‘best’ method
¨ the reading process
¨ phonemic awareness
¨ learning the alphabet
¨ emergent reading
¨ reading comprehension
¨ spelling
¨ reading disabilities
¨ motivation
¨ reading at secondary school

Reading the Writing on the Wall advocates for the right of all children to read for success.

Tom Nicholson is well known and highly regarded in the field of reading. This is his twelfth book. He is also an accomplished and sought-after speaker in this controversial field, and is known for speaking out against the mainstream where necessary. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

Contributing author Doris Ferry, is a retired primary school teacher and an experienced phonics tutor. She lives on the Kapiti Coast, near Wellington. Soft cover, 347 pages.

Successful Self-Publishing: Making and selling your own book by Sherryl Clark. Published by Hale and Iremonger. Recommended retail price $17.

What does Self-publishing really mean? Is it printing thousands of copies which moulder in your garage? Or does it mean publishing a book where every copy sells! Sherryl Clark’s approach to self-publishing involves practical planning and down-to-earth advice – on everything from preparing your manuscript to marketing and distribution. Her easy-to-read style and the handy hints and clear layout mean even new writers can publish successfully.

It includes: How not to look like an amateur, What a terrific title is worth, The importance of a great cover, What new printing technology has to offer, Why doing-it-yourself pays off. Soft cover, 150 pages.

Talking Solutions: Problem Solving in Learning English as a Second Language by John Shere and Sue Casey. Published by Robert Anderson & Associates. ISBN 0949133329 . Recommended retail price $15.

The primary aim of this book is to assist the adult ESL student’s acquisition of English through structured and open-ended activities that embrace a problem-solving model. It is suitable for intermediate to advanced levels.

Problem solving is recognized internationally as a key competency. the problem-solving model used here is simple, and can be applied to any situation. Also, the task-based activities allow the teacher to blend a focus on meaning as well as on structure. Cognitive skills involved in critical and creative thinking activities are activated alongside oral and written skills. Cooperative learning is encouraged by working through complex societal issues in groups.

The task of identifying and defining a problem is a critical one in the problem-solving process presented here. Determining desired outcomes and seeking causes are other necessary steps in reaching a solution. Open discussions flow naturally, and the content is relevant to the student. Exercises stimulate the need to decide, explain, justify, argue, agree, disagree, question, research, reflect, compare and contrast, and much more. Soft cover, 42 pages. Published in 2000.

Thinking stories 1 by Philip Cam. Published by Hale and Iremonger. ISBN 0868064823. Recommended retail price $13.

Dr Cam is Head of the School of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales in Australia, and former president of the Philosophy for Children Association of New South Wales. Traits fostered by the use of philosophical enquiry in the classroom include: cooperation, trust, respect, intellectual risk-taking, self correction, tolerance, responsibility and reasoning.

Book one is a collection of eight stories from all over the world in which children explore the process of philosophical enquiry.

Paddy and Kathy unreservedly recommend this series to parents, caregivers and educators. Soft cover.

Thinking Stories 1: A Teacher's Resource Book by Philip Cam. Published by Hale and Iremonger. ISBN 0868065064. Recommended retail price $20.

A spirally bound teacher's hand book to accompany Thinking Stories 1.

Soft cover.

Thinking Stories 2 by Philip Cam. Published by Hale and Iremonger. ISBN 0868065099. Recommended retail price $13.

A collection of eleven stories exploring issues such as friendship, multiculturalism, magic and make-believe, freedom and rights. Wonderful stuff. Soft cover.

Thinking Stories 2: Teacher Resource Book by Philip Cam. Published by Hale and Iremonger. ISBN 0868065102. Recommended retail price $20.

A teacher’s resource book and guide to Thinking Stories 2. The book provides additional exercises and ways of interpreting the stories so that children gain maximum benefit from the stimulation they receive.

Thinking Stories 3 by Philip Cam. Published by Hale and Iremonger. ISBN 086806632X. Recommended retail price $14.

A collection of Philip Cam’s superb Thinking Stories set in an urban Australian community. This book provides North American teachers with perfect opportunity to introduce their students to both philosophy and a different culture at the same time. Highly recommended.

Thinking Stories 3: Teacher Resource Book by Philip Cam. Published by Hale and Iremonger. ISBN 0868066338. Recommended retail price $28.

A teacher’s resource book to help interpret and add to the points made in Thinking Stories 3. This entire series is quite superb and will extend the horizons of any teacher or class. Soft cover.


Thinking together by Philip Cam. Published by Hale and Iremonger. ISBN 0868065080. Recommended retail price $16.

Thinking together shows how story-based material can be used to help children raise philosophical puzzles and problems that will set them thinking. It shows how to build a community of inquiry in the classroom, and how to use questioning techniques, group discussion and other activities to develop thinking skills and concepts that can be applied across the curriculum. All teachers should read this book. Soft cover, 106 pages.

Tracing & Writing a Family Story by Janet Reakes & Greg Whiddon. Published by Hale and Iremonger. ISBN 0868065706. Recommended retail price $26.

There can be few topics as universally appealing as the study of one’s own family story. Not surprisingly, school-aged children take to learning about family history with great enthusiasm. Tracing & Writing a Family Story is the ideal book to help any teacher introduce the topic of family history to their students. Teachers can use the book as the basis of a whole integrated unit of study, or with such themes as transport, names or occupations.

Each section contains introductory notes, easy teacher planning by comprehensive cross-referencing to learning outcomes and a wide range of activities for children aged 8-14 which contribute to outcomes from the English, Studies of Society and the Environment and Technology Profiles. Teachers can relate the outcomes to their own curricula. Soft cover, 106 pages. Recommended retail price $26, our price $24.

Understanding Ways: Communicating between cultures by Kerry O’Sullivan. Published by Hale and Iremonger. ISBN 0868065374. Recommended retail price $28.

Cues, signals, codes. They are systems we use to communicate, but across cultures they can be so confusing! If you are living in or visiting a culture different from your own; your colleagues or staff come from various cultural backgrounds; or you have to deal with a domestic or international marketplace comprising people from various cultural backgrounds…. then this book is for you!

A skilled linguist, Kerry O-Sullivan explores and demystifies the barriers surrounding our cross-cultural communication. Understanding Ways presents an overview of the research and provides exercises to build the skills to interpret, evaluate and develop effective communication strategies. Soft cover, 145 pages.

University from Ancient Greece to the 20th Century, The by Glenys Patterson. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864692994. Recommended retail price $20.

This book tells the story of the evolution of the University, from its origins in Ancient Greece to modern times.

In an engaging narrative style it explores the change and development of the University interacting with its social, political and economic environment over 2,500 years. Glenys Patterson brings to life the people and events which have shaped the University and were shaped by it wherever these centers of learning became established.

Features of today’s universities and current trends and debates are traced across nations and eras in this very readable
historical analy
sis. Soft cover, 242 pages.

Writing a ‘Non-Boring’ Family History by Hazel Edwards. Published by Hale and Iremonger. ISBN 0868067008. Recommended retail price $17.

How can you inject life into a name on a shipping list? What about the family’s murky secrets? How can I do justice to intriguing ancestors: How much dramatizing is acceptable? What about collaborating with a co-writer? do I need a professional editor: What kind of publication is appropriate?

Hazel Edwards addresses these vital questions and more in Writing a ‘Non Boring’ Family History. This is a practical guide for those wanting to shape their family research into a readable family history. Hazel shows how to provide a context, and craft even the driest facts into a dramatic story.

If you want your relatives to read more than the index, let Hazel Edwards show you how to write a family history, the ‘non-boring’ way. Soft cover, 125 pages. Revised edition published 2003.

Check out more of Hazel Edwards' work here:

Writing Hannah: On Writing for Children by Libby Gleeson. Published by Hale and Iremonger. ISBN 0868066303. Recommended retail price $14.

Libby Gleeson is one of Australia’s most successful writers for young children, the author of 15 novels. She has written two previous “Hannah” books, and as she embarked on her third, Hannah and the Tomorrow Room, she decided to keep a journal, from which Writing Hannah developed

Rather than simply writing a “how to” book on writing for children, the author decided to share the process itself, taking us on a journey into the heart of literary creation. We follow her philosophical scrutiny of the world, of the nature of character and the making of fiction. She examines all aspects of writing, including point of view, narrative structure and language, but mediated through her own experience – her hesitations, false starts and growing confidence. Soft cover, 128 pages.

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Coaching Process, The : a practical guide to improving your effectiveness by Lynn Kidman and Stephanie Hanrahan

Crisis in New Zealand Schools, The by Martin Hames

Culture Counts; Changing Power Relations in Education by Russell Bishop and Ted Glynn

Education & Society in Aotearoa New Zealand: An Introduction to the Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling and Education by Paul Adams et al.

Faeag ‘Es Fuaga: Rotuman Proverbs by Elizabeth Inia

Fijian phrasebook by Paul Geraghty

In Other Words!: A dictionary of expressions used in New Zealand compiled by Lynn E. Grant and Gaylene A. Devlin

It’s All Done With Mirrors by Geoff Lealand and Helen Martin

Learners with special needs in Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Deborah Fraser, Roger Moltzen and Ken Ryba

Learning to Read in Aotearoa New Zealand: a collaboration between early childhood educators, families and schools edited by Paul Adams and Heather Ryan

New Gobbledygook, The: a New Zealand dictionary and guidebook by Peter Isaac

New Zealand Education and Treatyism by Walter Christie

Reading Race, The: how every child can learn to read by Donna Awatere Huata

Right to Read: An Open Letter to Teachers by Harry Hood

Rotuman Dictionary, A New by Elizabeth Inia et. al.

Say it in Fijian by A.J. Schütz

Troubled Times: Academic Freedom in New Zealand edited by Rob Crozier

Vying for Our Children: the ideological struggle for hearts and minds by Paul Henderson

What’s News? edited by Judy McGregor and Margie Comrie

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