We are pleased to present our first issue as co-editors of Waikato Journal of Education in November 2020. Clive McGee, the first editor of WJE, acknowledged in the 1995 editorial of the very first issue “the encouragement of the [then] Dean of the School of Education Professor Noeline Alcorn” and we are especially delighted to have Professor Alcorn write an article called 100 years of Educational Research in New Zealand: Landmarks and directions for this, the 41st Issue, Volume 25 Issue 1,2020.
In the second of our lead articles, Dr Telesia Kalavite, a Tongan academic and community leader has also written an article for us titled Toungāue cooperative pedagogy for Tongan tertiary students’ success. We are proud to acknowledge Dr Kalavite as an alumnus of the University of Waikato.
In this issue we also have 11 other manuscripts based on research in a range of countries and educational contexts including international doctoral students discussing video-conferencing technology use and experiences of going back home to collect data. Our final article is a literature (2012-2019) on The impact of flipped classrooms in nurse education.
We are grateful to all authors and reviewers who have contributed their time and effort during 2020, an extraordinary year. We also acknowledge the threats to health and democracy experienced by citizens across the world and the weirdness of rapid changes to norms of many aspects of academic work. Through all this we seek to remain connected and in relationship.
For your current research projects, class reading lists and general inspiration, check out our current issue and also all previous issues in WJE. Please circulate with your networks.
Best wishes for 2021
Kerry Earl Rinehart & David Taufui Mikato Fa’avae