15 November 2012
“One of the wonderful things about educational publishing, and particularly the way New Zealand educational publishers deliver to both our local and international markets, is that they offer variety,” said CLNZ CEO Paula Browning at last night’s CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards. “There’s a wide range of resources targeted from under five to whatever age it is that we stop learning, a variety of price structures, a variety of ways to deliver the content to learners – whether that’s on paper, mobile devices, or other learning systems.”
Educational publishers produce more titles than any other sector of the New Zealand industry and make up two thirds of our publishing exports. Today’s tertiary, secondary and primary school students receive textbooks that are mostly as dynamic and appealing as their leisure reading. The Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Educational Publishing Awards, managed by the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ), are in their third year and have already expanded from four to six awards, with this year’s new categories being Best Book or Series in Te Reo Māori and a Best Educational Resource or Programme for Export award.
Judges Angela Fitchett, Hone Apanui and Rebecca Jesson found it an interesting and challenging task assessing the texts for fitness of purpose with so many strong entries enhanced by good design and illustration.
They were particularly delighted with the entries in Te Reo Māori, which “produced a wide range of colourful and lively texts” both in the new category for Best Book or Series in Te Reo Māori and across all categories in the awards. The Te Reo winner, however, was awarded to Learning Media and authors Che Wilson and Carol Buchanan for Te Wharekura 90 – Te Mana o Ruapehu, an intriguing journey captured through storytelling and centred on the mountain Ruapehu.
The other category to make its first appearance this year, Best Educational Resource or Programme for Export, saw two contestants fighting it out for the top prize which was awarded to South Pacific Press and Neale Pitches for CSI: Comprehension Strategies Instruction Kit 3, a resource that has been widely implemented in the US school market.
The Best Book or Series in Primary Publishing was awarded to Learning Media and Susan Paris for School Journal Part 4 Number 2 2011, a history of rugby in New Zealand with a 1981 Springbok tour focus. Pearson NZ and authors Rachel Heeney and Professor Peter Shepherd received the award for Best Book or Series in Secondary Publishing for Life Processes, Ecology and Evolution – NCEA Level 2, a text that judges said would “inspire young science students.”
The finalists in the Best Book in Higher Education Publishing category were the most diverse, but Huia Publishers and authors Alison Jones and Kuni Jenkins scooped the award for their book “of huge national importance”: He Kōrero – Words Between Us: First Māori-Pākehā Conversations on Paper.
The mystery category on the night was the Best Digital Media Solution, for which no shortlist was announced but a single standout winner was awarded. This went to He Reo Tupu, He Reo Ora, a joint project of CWA New Media (a business unit of Learning Media Limited) and Huia Publishers. The judges did acknowledge that they looked forward to seeing entries in this category expand in strength in coming years.
The CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards were established to recognise and reward authors and publishers for excellence in the educational sector. They continue to enhance recognition of our educational exports as New Zealand vigorously pursues new opportunities in international markets. PANZ and CLNZ congratulate all winners and finalists.
Highly Commended certificates were also awarded to the 2012 CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards finalists. These were:
Highly Commended: Best Book or Series in Primary Publishing
Highly Commended: Best Book or Series in Secondary Publishing
Highly Commended: Best Book in Higher Education Publishing
Highly Commended: Best Book or Series in Te Reo Māori
Highly Commended: Best Educational Resource or Programme For Export
Angela Fitchett, BA (Hons), Dip Tchg, Graduate Diploma Technical Communication, was six years co-HoD English at Nelson College and spent seven years as an NZQA English moderator. Co-author of six English texts for ESA Publications, Angela is currently Nelson College’s Curriculum Manager and Principal’s Nominee as well as a teacher of English to a range of classes and writer of a fortnightly column for local paper, The Nelson Mail.
Hone Apanui, BA, Dip Tchg, has been a writer, translator, editor and advisor in te reo Māori and English since 1980 in a long career focused on Māori education. With 15 years’ primary school teaching experience, Hone became Editor Māori in the School Publications Branch, Department of Education in 1980, followed by various roles as Māori education inspector, reviewer, writer and translator of resources for the Ministry of Education, The Education Review Office, Māori Television and Statistics NZ. Hone has also judged the te reo Māori categories of the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards and the Montana Book Awards (now NZ Post Book Awards). Since 2002 he has been a self-employed freelance writer, translator, editor, advisor and auditor.
Dr Rebecca Jesson is a Research Fellow, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy and Senior Researcher, Woolf Fisher Research Centre, Faculty of Education at Auckland University. Rebecca is an experienced primary school teacher across a number of schools and year levels, and has extensive experience in working closely with teachers and schools to examine pedagogy and build teachers’ content knowledge about texts and textual features, purposes and rhetorical design. Rebecca’s research interests centre around teachers’ textual knowledge, and the ability to make links between texts based on generative textual knowledge. Rebecca teaches in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, where she teaches and supervises students in literacy and on the Postgraduate Diploma of Education (Literacy Specialisation).
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