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Staff Research Interests

Aesthetic education / Arts / Dance / Drama / Music / Visual arts

  • Assoc Prof David Bell - Aesthetic education; Japanese arts in New Zealand contexts; Museum education programmes; Substantive aesthetics in the Japanese visual field; ukiyo-e; Visual arts education.
  • Dr Alex Gunn - Aesthetic education (in early years settings), especially music and visual arts.
  • Suzanne Renner - Teaching and learning in, through, and about dance education.
  • Prof Jeff Smith – Psychology of aesthetics.
  • Prof Lisa Smith - Psychology of aesthetics.
  • Trish Wells – Learning in and through drama education.

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Assessment

  • Dr Alex Gunn - Educational assessment: sociocultural and narrative approaches.
  • Meredith Kelly - Early childhood assessment/schema learning theory.
  • Prof Jeff Smith – Educational assessment.
  • Prof Lisa Smith – Affective factors that influence test performance, both on standardized tests and in the classroom.

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Cultural studies – Biculturalism / Multiculturism / Culture and education

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Curriculum development, policy, history

  • Assoc Prof David Bell - Construction of curriculum.
  • Dr Margie Campbell-Price – Curriculum development and professional practice in initial teacher education; Curriculum enhancement through Education Outside the Classroom.
  • Raylene Galvin - Curriculum
  • Meredith Kelly - Early childhood curriculum: engaging in an integrated curriculum with pedagogical learning areas.
  • Judy Layland: Children’s participation rights and learning in home-based education and care.
  • Prof Helen May - Early childhood issues – curriculum.
  • Jenny Vermunt - Personalised learning and secondary school curriculum design.

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Disabilities studies in education

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Gender studies in education

  • Dr Alex Gunn - Inclusive education and social justice (particularly queer concerns and heteronormativity)
  • Assoc Prof Karen Nairn - Gender, sexuality, “race” and youth cultures; Feminist issues in education.
  • Dr Susan Sandretto - Gender equity.
  • Dr Steven Sexton – Heteronormativity: social constructions of masculinities/femininities in school.

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Health / Physical Education / Education outside the classroom

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Historical contexts of education

  • Prof Helen May - Early childhood issues – history.
  • Dr Hugh Morrison - New Zealand missionaries and global interaction; New Zealand and Australasian religious history; New Zealand’s historical interface with the wider world; Children and young people as historical subjects and agents.

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Inclusive education and social justice issues

  • Dr Ruth Gasson – Children's rights; Culture, equity, rights, and justice; Social and educational policy; Social philosophy and theory.
  • Dr Alex Gunn - Inclusive education: difference, diversity, and social justice in early childhood education.
  • Assoc Prof Jacques van der Meer - Equitable access and participation in higher education.
  • Dr Gill Rutherford - Inclusive education; Teacher aides’ role in education; Inclusive teacher education.
  • Dr Susan Sandretto - Social justice.

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ICT education / The Internet for teaching and learning / Distance Education

  • Prof Kwok-Wing Lai - Social and ethical issues in computer-mediated communication; Computer-supported learning; Design of online learning environments; Knowledge Building.
  • Dr Keryn Pratt - ICT in education; Distance learning/virtual schools.
  • Dr Sandra Williamson-Leadley - Primary teachers' classroom practices utilising ICTs to enhance teaching and learning.

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Leadership

  • Assoc Prof Ross Notman – Principal appraisal processes; Principal education; Recruitment and selection of school leaders; Values-based leadership.

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Literacy / Numeracy / Multiliteracies

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Pedagogy and initial teacher education

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Policy analysis and ideological contexts of education

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Teacher professional development

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Technology education

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Theory and practice of teaching and learning

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Transition