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Brenda Shanks

Senior Lecturer
PhD (UTAS) MEd (UTAS) DipEdLdrship (DCE) CertEdMan TTC

Southland Campus
Tel 64 3 211 6843
Email brenda.shanks@otago.ac.nz

Biography

I am a Lecturer at the College of Education’s Southland Campus in Invercargill. I teach and mentor in the Primary programme and have responsibility within the campus for the delivery of curriculum science. I also coordinate and lecture in the 300-level Education Studies paper EDUC 335 Construction of Learning in Educational Settings across both Dunedin and Southland campuses. Within the postgraduate programme I am a member of the team delivering the online paper EDUC428 Becoming a Research-Capable Teacher.

In 2010, I completed my PhD, Forgotten Students, Forgotten Teachers: Positioning the Middle Years in New Zealand Teacher Education. Middle level (Years 7-10) education continues to be the key focus for my research.

Teaching Area

  • Education Studies
  • Curriculum: English; Science; Technology

Research Interests

  • Middle level (Years 7-10) education
  • Initial teacher education
  • Primary science education

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Publications

Shanks, B., & Dowden, T. (2013). Reinvigorating middle-years teacher education in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 48(1), 99-112.

Shanks, B. (2010). Forgotten students, forgotten teachers: Positioning the middle years in New Zealand teacher education (PhD). University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia. 212p.

Paris, J., Polson-Genge, A., & Shanks, B. (2010). Effective pedagogy: The influence of teacher educators' practice on student teachers' practice and philosophy. Waikato Journal of Education, 15(1), 145-155.

Shanks, B., & Dowden, T. (2010). Sustaining middle level teacher education in Australia. In S. Howard (Ed.), Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference: Making a Difference. Retrieved from http://www.aare.edu.au/10pap/abs10.htm

Shanks, B. (2012, June). Positioning the "middle years" in New Zealand teacher education. College of Education Research Seminar Series, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Seminar].

Journal - Research Article

Shanks, B., & Dowden, T. (2013). Reinvigorating middle-years teacher education in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 48(1), 99-112.

Paris, J., Polson-Genge, A., & Shanks, B. (2010). Effective pedagogy: The influence of teacher educators' practice on student teachers' practice and philosophy. Waikato Journal of Education, 15(1), 145-155.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Shanks, B., & Dowden, T. (2010). Sustaining middle level teacher education in Australia. In S. Howard (Ed.), Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference: Making a Difference. Retrieved from http://www.aare.edu.au/10pap/abs10.htm

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Shanks, B., & Dowden, T. (2011, November-December). Forgotten students, forgotten teachers: Reinvigorating middle level teacher education in New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference and Annual Meeting, Tauranga, New Zealand.

Shanks, B., & Dowden, T. (2010, November-December). Sustaining middle level teacher education in Australia. Verbal presentation at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference: Making a Difference, Melbourne, Australia.

Shanks, B. (2010, November). Teacher education for the middle years. Verbal presentation at the Inaugural New Zealand Middle Schooling Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand.

Paris, J., Polson-Genge, A., & Shanks, B. (2009, June). Congruence between pedagogy in ITE and the New Zealand Curriculum. Verbal presentation at the Initial Teacher Education and the New Zealand Curriculum/Te Marautanga o Aotearoa Symposium, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Paris, J., Shanks, B., Livingstone, S., & Polson-Genge, A. (2008, July). Enculturation: The impact on student teachers' practice and philosophy. Verbal presentation at the Australian Teacher Education Association Conference, Maroochydore, Australia.

Paris, J., Buckley, J., Livingstone, S., Shanks, B., Kelly, M., Snowden, M., & Polson-Genge, A. (2006, July). Innovative practice: One team's approach. Verbal presentation at the Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand Biennial Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Other Research Output

Shanks, B. (2012, June). Positioning the "middle years" in New Zealand teacher education. College of Education Research Seminar Series, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Seminar].

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Shanks, B. (2010). Forgotten students, forgotten teachers: Positioning the middle years in New Zealand teacher education (PhD). University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia. 212p.

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