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Associate Professor Jacques van der Meer

Associate Dean (Academic & Research)
PhD(Otago) MEd (Hons) Counselling (Auckland) DipTchg(Amsterdam)

Dunedin Campus
Tel 64 3 479 4288
Email jacques.vandermeer@otago.ac.nz

Biography

I joined the College of Education in 2011. Prior to that I worked in the University of Otago Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC) as Senior Lecturer Student Learning Development.

I have a background in a variety of educational settings in New Zealand, including transition education (in the context of an inter-tribal urban Marae in Otara, South Auckland), high school teaching (in conjunction with my role as guidance counsellor) and community & adult education. Throughout my various involvements I have facilitated professional development workshops in a range of settings.

Teaching Area

In 2012 I am coordinating EDUC: 102 Human Development and am involved in EDUC: 306 Introduction to Counselling.

Research Interests

My research interests relate to the transition into University and the experience of first-year students.

Related interests include:

  • Student retention
  • Peer-learning
  • Equitable access and participation in higher education
  • Pedagogical/andragogical approaches to enhancing student engagement

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Publications

Berg, D. A. G., Schaughency, E., van der Meer, J., & Smith, J. K. (2017). Using classical test theory in higher education. In C. Secolsky & D. B. Denison (Eds.), Handbook on measurement, assessment, and evaluation in higher education. (2nd ed.) (pp. 178-190). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Sopoaga, F., Kokaua, J., van der Meer, J., Lameta-Huro, M., Zaharic, T., Richards, R., & Inder, M. (2017). Evaluating the effectiveness of a programme for improving the participation and academic success of an underrepresented minority group in New Zealand. Evaluation & Program Planning, 65, 20-29. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2017.06.002

Chellapan, L., & van der Meer, J. (2016). Challenges in implementing the flipped classroom model in higher education. In J. Keengwe & G. Onchwari (Eds.), Handbook of research on active learning and the flipped classroom model in the digital age. (pp. 352-365). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9680-8.ch018

Wright, M., & van der Meer, J. (2016). Assessing first-year students' conceptions and practices of spirituality at a New Zealand university: Methodology and initial findings: Methodology and initial findings. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality (BASS). (pp. 18). Retrieved from http://www.basspirituality.org.uk/category/conferences/conference-2016/

Berg, D., Pratt, K., & van der Meer, J. (2016). Crossing boundaries to transform: Using CHAT to re-imagine professionally-orientated post-graduate qualifications. Proceedings of Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ) Conference: How Best to Educate a Nation's Teachers? Debating Quality Teacher Education for Today and the Future. Retrieved from http://www.tefanz.org.nz/conferences/2016-conference/

Chapter in Book - Research

Chellapan, L., & van der Meer, J. (2016). Challenges in implementing the flipped classroom model in higher education. In J. Keengwe & G. Onchwari (Eds.), Handbook of research on active learning and the flipped classroom model in the digital age. (pp. 352-365). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9680-8.ch018

van der Meer, J., Spowart, L., & Hart, S. (2013). 'We need support too': Providing postgraduate peer support. In E. Dunne & D. Owen (Eds.), Student engagement handbook: Practice in higher education. (pp. 313-330). Emerald.

Schaughency, E., Smith, J. K., van der Meer, J., & Berg, D. (2012). Classical test theory and higher education: Five questions. In C. Secolsky & D. B. Denison (Eds.), Handbook on measurement, assessment, and evaluation in higher education. (pp. 117-131). New York: Routledge.

van der Meer, J., & Comer, K. (2011). International students' experiences of engagement: Opportunities for enhancement. In A. Radloff (Ed.), Student engagement in New Zealand's universities. (pp. 29-38). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Council for Educational Research.

van der Meer, J. (2011). Māori and Pasifika students' academic engagement: What can institutions learn from the AUSSE data?. In A. Radloff (Ed.), Student engagement in New Zealand's universities. (pp. 1-10). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Council for Educational Research.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Berg, D. A. G., Schaughency, E., van der Meer, J., & Smith, J. K. (2017). Using classical test theory in higher education. In C. Secolsky & D. B. Denison (Eds.), Handbook on measurement, assessment, and evaluation in higher education. (2nd ed.) (pp. 178-190). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

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Journal - Research Article

Sopoaga, F., Kokaua, J., van der Meer, J., Lameta-Huro, M., Zaharic, T., Richards, R., & Inder, M. (2017). Evaluating the effectiveness of a programme for improving the participation and academic success of an underrepresented minority group in New Zealand. Evaluation & Program Planning, 65, 20-29. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2017.06.002

van der Meer, J., Berg, D., Smith, J., Gunn, A., & Anakin, M. (2015). Shorter is better: Findings of a bite-size mobile learning’ pilot project. Creative Education, 6(3), 273-282. doi: 10.4236/ce.2015.63026

Sim, K. N., & van der Meer, J. (2015). Tracking the PhD students’ daily computer use. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 3(4), 288-295. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2015.030406

Gasson, N. R., Sanderson, L. J., Burnett, G., & van der Meer, J. (2015). ‘It’s all he’s going to say’: Using poetic transcription to explore students’ mainstream and residential school experiences. Disability & Society, 30(5), 731-742. doi: 10.1080/09687599.2015.1021762

Dawson, P., van der Meer, J., Skalicky, J., & Cowley, K. (2014). On the effectiveness of supplemental instruction: A systematic review of supplemental instruction and peer-assisted study sessions literature between 2001 and 2010. Review of Educational Research, 84(4), 609-639. doi: 10.3102/0034654314540007

Kokaua, J., Sopoaga, F., Zaharic, T., & Van der Meer, J. (2014). The development of a pre-enrolment screening tool to inform targeted support services in the first year in health sciences. International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 5(1), 55-66. doi: 10.5204/intjfyhe.v5i1.205

Brown, K., Nairn, K., van der Meer, J., & Scott, C. (2014). "We were told we’re not teachers ... It gets difficult to draw the line": Negotiating roles in Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS). Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 22(2), 146-161. doi: 10.1080/13611267.2014.902559

Buissink-Smith, N., Hart, S., & van der Meer, J. (2013). 'There are other people out there!' Successful postgraduate peer groups and research communities at a New Zealand university. Higher Education Research & Development, 32(5), 695-705. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2013.777034

Jansen, E., van der Meer, J., & Fokkens-Bruinsma, M. (2013). Validation and use of the CEQ in The Netherlands. Quality Assurance in Education, 21(4), 330-343. doi: 10.1108/QAE-11-2012-0041

Hale, L., van der Meer, J., Rutherford, G., Clay, L., Janssen, J., & Powell, D. (2013). Exploring the integration of disability awareness into tertiary teaching and learning activities. Journal of Education and Learning, 147-157. doi: 10.5539/jel.v2n1p147

Sopoaga, F., Zaharic, T., Kokaua, J., Ekeroma, A. J., Murray, G., & van der Meer, J. (2013). Pacific students undertaking the first year of health sciences at the University of Otago, and factors associated with academic performance. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1384). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

van der Meer, J., & Scott, S. (2013). Including everyone: A peer learning program that works for under-represented minorities? International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 4(1), 85-94. doi: 10.5204/intjfyhe.v4i1.1 47

Sopoaga, F., & van der Meer, J. (2012). Investigating factors that influence success of Pacific students in first-year health sciences at university in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1352). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

van der Meer, J. (2012). Students' note-taking challenges in the twenty-first century: Considerations for teachers and academic staff developers. Teaching in Higher Education, 17(1), 13-23. doi: 10.1080/13562517.2011.590974

van der Meer, J. (2012). 'I don't really see where they're going with it': Communicating purpose and rationale to first-year students. Journal of Further & Higher Education, 36(1), 81-94. doi: 10.1080/0309877X.2011.596195

Sole, G., Rose, A., Bennett, T., Jaques, K., Rippon, Z., & van der Meer, J. (2012). A student experience of peer assisted study sessions in physiotherapy. Journal of Peer Learning, 5(1). Retrieved from http://ro.uow.edu.au/ajpl/vol5/iss1/2

Jansen, E. P. W. A., & van der Meer, J. (2012). Ready for university? A cross-national study of students' perceived preparedness for university. Australian Educational Researcher, 39(1), 1-16. doi: 10.1007/s13384-011-0044-6

Sopoaga, F., & van der Meer, J. (2011). Building a Pacific health workforce in New Zealand: Initial findings from a transition project in first year health sciences at university: A practice report. International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 2(2), 61-68. doi: 10.5204/intjfyhe.v2i2.88

van der Meer, J., Jansen, E., & Torenbeek, M. (2010). 'It's almost a mindset that teachers need to change': First-year students' need to be inducted into time management. Studies in Higher Education, 35(7), 777-791. doi: 10.1080/03075070903383211

van der Meer, J., Scott, S., & Neha, T. (2010). Retention of first-year Māori students at university. MAI Review, 2. Retrieved from http://www.review.mai.ac.nz/index.php/MR/article/view/309/466

van der Meer, J. (2009). I don't even know what her name is: Considering the challenge of interaction during the first year. Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation & Development, 6(1), 112-123.

van der Meer, J., & Scott, C. (2009). Students' experiences and perceptions of PASS: Towards ongoing improvement. Australasian Journal of Peer Learning, 2(1), 3-22.

Clark, A., van der Meer, J., & van Koten, C. (2008). Establishing baseline data: Using institutional data to learn more about completion factors at one New Zealand university. Journal of Institutional Research, 14(1), 43-57.

van der Meer, J., & Scott, C. (2008). Shifting the balance in first-year learning support: From staff instruction to peer-learning primacy. Australasian Journal of Peer Learning, 1(1), 70-79.

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Journal - Research Other

Sopoaga, F., Leon de la Barra, S., Van der Meer, J., Samalia, L., Carr, S., Delaibatiki, R., & Kirifi-Alai, T. N. (2011). Developing a health workforce from an underserved population in New Zealand [Letter to the editor]. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35(5), 494-495. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2011.00766.x

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Sim, K., Butson, R., Stein, S., & van der Meer, J. (2014). Seeing between the lines: How do PhD students use computer technologies in their research practices? In B. Hegarty, J. McDonald & S.-K. Loke (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite) Conference: Rhetoric and Reality: Critical Perspectives on Educational Technology. (pp. 233-241). Retrieved from http://ascilite2014.otago.ac.nz/

van der Meer, J., & Kokaua, J. (2014). Generic skills: Assessment pre-entry or development post-entry. In L. Gómez Chova, A. López Martíinez & I. Candel Torres (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI). (pp. 2845-2851). IATED Academy. [Full Paper]

van der Meer, J., & Scott, C. (2009). Strategically enhancing student engagement in the first year: Focusing on sustainable interventions. In J. Thomas (Ed.), Proceedings of the First Year in Higher Education Conference. Brisbane, Australia: QUT Publications. Retrieved from http://www.fyhe.qut.edu.au/past_papers/papers09/index.html

Jansen, E., & van der Meer, J. (2009). Differences in students' expectations and preparedness for university: A role for course designers? In C. Rust (Ed.), Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium: Improving Student Learning: Improving Student Learning through the Curriculum. (pp. 240-252). Wheatley, UK: Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Brookes University. [Full Paper]

van der Meer, J. (2008). An international comparative study on first-year students' expectations and self-perceived readiness. Proceedings of the 30th Annual European Higher Education Society Forum. [CD-ROM] Copenhagen, Denmark: Copenhagen Business School and the EAIR. [Full Paper]

Jansen, E., & van der Meer, J. (2007). First-year students' expectations and perceptions of readiness before they start university. Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship: Proceedings of the 30th HERDSA Annual Conference, 8-11 July 2007, Adelaide, Australia. (pp. 275-284). Milperra, Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. [Full Paper]

Jansen, E. P. W. A., & van der Meer, J. (2007). Feeling prepared for university? Perceived preparedness and expectations of prospective students. In J. Thomas (Ed.), Proceedings of the 10th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference. Brisbane, Australia: QUT Web Solutions. Retrieved from http://www.fyhe.qut.edu.au/past_papers/papers07/fullprogram2.html

van der Meer, J. (2006). Sense and sensitivities: The contested area of first year education. In D. Nutt & J. Tidd (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1st European First Year Experience Conference. (pp. 112-121). Teesside, UK: University of Teesside. [Full Paper]

van der Meer, J. (2006). Spoon-feeding or mind-reading? First year students' need for explicit communication of expectations. In G. Grigg & C. Bond (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2005 Annual International Conference of the Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors Aotearoa/New Zealand (ATLAANZ). (pp. 47-59). Auckland, New Zealand: ATLAANZ. [Full Paper]

van der Meer, J. (2004). What do first-year students want? A student association's intervention-focussed research activities. Proceedings of the Seventh Pacific Rim - First year in Higher Education Conference: Dealing with Diversity Held at Monash University, Melbourne. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Wright, M., & van der Meer, J. (2016). Assessing first-year students' conceptions and practices of spirituality at a New Zealand university: Methodology and initial findings: Methodology and initial findings. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality (BASS). (pp. 18). Retrieved from http://www.basspirituality.org.uk/category/conferences/conference-2016/

Berg, D., Pratt, K., & van der Meer, J. (2016). Crossing boundaries to transform: Using CHAT to re-imagine professionally-orientated post-graduate qualifications. Proceedings of Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ) Conference: How Best to Educate a Nation's Teachers? Debating Quality Teacher Education for Today and the Future. Retrieved from http://www.tefanz.org.nz/conferences/2016-conference/

Skalicky, J., Dawson, P., van der Meer, J., Warr Pedersen, K., Nelson, R., Fuglsang, S., … Stewart, S. (2015). Conceptualising student leadership across international contexts [Roundtable discussion]. Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Conference. (pp. 121). Retrieved from http://www.issotl2015.com.au/program.html

Skalicky, J., Rogan, S., & van der Meer, J. (2015). Peer learning programs and student leadership development. Proceedings of the Australasian Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) & Peer Learning Conference. (pp. 12). Retrieved from http://www.uow.edu.au/student/services/pass/UOW059276.html

van der Meer, J., & Skalicky, J. (2015). Realising the potential of student leaders in facilitating the transition into higher education for first-year students. Proceedings of the European First Year Experience (EFYE) Conference. Retrieved from http://www.uib.no/en/efye_2015

Gasson, N. R., Burnett, G., van der Meer, J., & Sanderson, L. J. (2014). (Re)conceptualising inclusive education in New Zealand. Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA) Congress:. Retrieved from http://www.cvent.com/events/nera-42nd-congress/agenda-f2d3cca536e0455dabe1be8e6986be1f.aspx

van der Meer, J., & Anakin, M. (2013). Students' perceptions of mobile bite-size learning. Proceedings of the 18th Australian Human Development Association (AHDA) Biennial Conference. (pp. 56). Retrieved from http://www.ahda.org/conference/

Zaharic, T., Russell, L., Bishop, P., van der Meer, J., Zeng, R., & McDonald, J. (2013). Towards the use of podcasts as an integrated teaching tool. In J. McDonald, S.-K. Loke, A. McLean & M. Rajoo (Eds.), Proceedings of the Spotlight on Teaching and Learning Colloquium. (pp. 12). Dunedin, New Zealand: HEDC, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Scott, S., Bragg, C., & van der Meer, J. (2012). Targeted intervention for first year Māori students. In R. Mortimer (Ed.), Proceedings of the International First Year in Higher Education Conference: New Horizons. (pp. 103). Brisbane, Australia: QUT Events. [Abstract]

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