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Dr Susan Sandretto

Dr Susan SandrettoSenior Lecturer
BA(UC Davis) MA DipTchg(CSU Sacramento) PhD(Otago)

Dunedin Campus
Tel 64 3 479 8820
Email susan.sandretto@otago.ac.nz  

Biography

I arrived in New Zealand in 1997 from California where I was a Spanish Immersion primary school teacher.  I worked as a research assistant and guest lecturer at the University of Otago in the Faculty of Education and the Higher Education Development Centre from 1999.  I completed my doctorate at Otago in 2004 and was appointed as a lecturer that same year. My research interests include multiliteracies, critical literacy, gender issues in education and practitioner research. I teach across the primary teacher education and education studies programmes and supervise at the postgraduate level.

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Publications

Tilson, J., Sandretto, S., & Pratt, K. (2017). Connecting theory to practice: Using preservice teachers' beliefs, theories and video-recorded teaching to prompt a cycle of praxis. Teaching & Teacher Education, 67, 454-463. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2017.07.012

Trevethan, H., & Sandretto, S. (2017). Repositioning mentoring as educative: Examining missed opportunities for professional learning. Teaching & Teacher Education, 68, 127-133. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2017.08.012

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2017). “I’m on a journey I never thought I’d be on”: Using process drama pedagogy for the literacy programme. Pedagogies, 12(2), 180-195. doi: 10.1080/1554480X.2016.1245147

Mandic, S., Sandretto, S., García Bengoechea, E., Hopkins, D., Moore, A., Rodda, J., & Wilson, G. (2017). Enrolling in the closest school or not? Implications of school choice decisions for active transport to school. Journal of Transport & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2017.05.006

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2017). What are primary school students’ experiences of process drama when integrated into the literacy programme? Proceedings of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English & Australian Literacy Educators' Association (AATE/ALEA) National Conference: Cutting Edge: Margin to Mainstream. Retrieved from https://event.crowdcompass.com/englitconf2017/activity/sCrhUI4O5i

Authored Book - Research

Tilson, J., & Sandretto, S. (2016). Integrating critical multiliteracies using the Four Resources Model. Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.

Sandretto, S., & Klenner, S. (2011). Planting seeds: Embedding critical literacy into your classroom programme. Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press, 280p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Sandretto, S. (2016). Engaging students in dialogue. In D. Fraser & M. Hill (Eds.), The professional practice of teaching in New Zealand. (5th ed.) (pp. 98-117). Cengage Learning.

Sandretto, S. (2015). 'I like my beer cold, my TV loud and my homosexuals f-laming': Using critical literacy to draw attention to heteronormative hegemony in texts in popular culture. In A. C. Gunn & L. A. Smith (Eds.), Sexual cultures in Aotearoa New Zealand education. (pp. 49-66). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Sandretto, S. (2016). Tensiones teórico-metodológicas desde una mirada post estructural, en un proyecto de investigación de self-study colaborativo. In C. Hirmas & R. Fuentealba (Eds.), Formadores de Formadores, Descubriendo La Propia Voz a Través del Self-Study. (pp. 97-115). Santiago, Chile: Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos.

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Journal - Research Article

Tilson, J., Sandretto, S., & Pratt, K. (2017). Connecting theory to practice: Using preservice teachers' beliefs, theories and video-recorded teaching to prompt a cycle of praxis. Teaching & Teacher Education, 67, 454-463. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2017.07.012

Mandic, S., Sandretto, S., García Bengoechea, E., Hopkins, D., Moore, A., Rodda, J., & Wilson, G. (2017). Enrolling in the closest school or not? Implications of school choice decisions for active transport to school. Journal of Transport & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2017.05.006

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2017). “I’m on a journey I never thought I’d be on”: Using process drama pedagogy for the literacy programme. Pedagogies, 12(2), 180-195. doi: 10.1080/1554480X.2016.1245147

Trevethan, H., & Sandretto, S. (2017). Repositioning mentoring as educative: Examining missed opportunities for professional learning. Teaching & Teacher Education, 68, 127-133. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2017.08.012

Sandretto, S., & Tilson, J. (2016). Complicating understandings of students' multiliterate practices with practitioner inquiry. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 60(1), 63-70. doi: 10.1002/jaal.524

Smith, L., Nairn, K., & Sandretto, S. (2016). Complicating hetero-normative spaces at school formals in New Zealand. Gender, Place & Culture, 23(5), 589-606. doi: 10.1080/0966369X.2015.1034245

Sandretto, S., & Tilson, J. (2016). Designing curriculum literacies. Set: Research Information for Teachers, 2, 3-11. doi: 10.18296/set.0040

Agnew, S., & Sandretto, S. (2016). A case for critical literacy analysis of the advertising texts of menstruation: Responding to missed opportunities. Gender & Education, 28(4), 510-526. doi: 10.1080/09540253.2015.1114073

Sandretto, S., & Tilson, J. (2015). Discursive constructions of literacies: Shifting sands in Aotearoa New Zealand. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 38(2), 222-234. doi: 10.1080/01596306.2015.1075472

Brown, K., Nairn, K., & Sandretto, S. (2014). Learners' experiences in negotiating excellence. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 49(1), 87-100.

Sandretto, S. (2014). Teachers' metaphors of literacy: Do we need new metaphors? Curriculum Matters, 10, 232-251.

Sandretto, S., & Tilson, J. (2014). "The problem with the future is that it keeps turning into the present": Preparing your students for their critically multiliterate future today. Set: Research Information for Teachers, 1, 51-60.

Blanch, K., Nairn, K., & Sandretto, S. (2014). Facebook in the classroom: Blended audiences and multiple front-stages. International Journal of Social Media & Interactive Learning Environments, 2(1), 70-84. doi: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2014.059693

Haigh, M., Kane, R., & Sandretto, S. (2012). The positioning of students in newly qualified secondary teachers’ images of their ‘best teaching’. Journal of Education for Teaching, 38(3), 245-259.

Jarvis, K., & Sandretto, S. (2010). The power of discursive practices: Queering or heteronormalising? New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education, 13, 43-56.

Sandretto, S. (2010). A reparative reading of a confessional narrative of 'inclusion': Working within an 'ethic of discomfort'. International Journal of Learning, 17(3), 255-268.

Sandretto, S. (2009). Theoretical and methodological tensions in a poststructural, collaborative self-study research project. Studying Teacher Education, 5(1), 89-101. doi: 10.1080/17425960902830476

Sandretto, S., Ballard, K., Burke, P., Kane, R., Lang, C., Schon, P., & Whyte, B. (2007). Nailing jello to the wall: Articulating conceptualizations of social justice. Teachers & Teaching, 13(3), 307-322.

Sandretto, S., and the Critical Literacy Research Team, including Tilson, J. (2006). Extending guided reading with critical literacy. Set: Research Information for Teachers, 3, 23-28.

Kane, R., Sandretto, S., & Heath, C. (2004). An investigation into excellent tertiary teaching: Emphasising reflective practice. Higher Education, 47(3), 283-310.

Sandretto, S. (2004). ″You know what I mean?″: Initiating critical dialogue on the term social justice. New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, 19, 31-46.

Sandretto, S. E., Kane, R. G., & Heath, C. J. (2002). Making the tacit explicit: A teaching intervention programme for early career academics. International Journal for Academic Development, 7(2), 135-145.

Kane, R. G., Sandretto, S. E., & Heath, C. J. (2002). Telling half the story: A critical review of research on the teaching beliefs and practices of university academics. Review of Educational Research, 72(2), 177-228.

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Journal - Research Other

Sandretto, S. (2013). Developing critical literacy across the curriculum. SPANZ: Journal of the Secondary Principals' Association of New Zealand, (December), 22-28.

Sandretto, S. (2009). Editor's preface. Critical Literacy, 3(2), 3-5.

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Sandretto, S. (2012). Using multiliteracies to navigate blue skies. Collected, (Term 4), 12-13.

Sandretto, S. (2012). Planting seeds with critical literacy. English in Aotearoa, 78, 42-49.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Kishimoto, T., & Sandretto, S. (2008). 'Culture' or teaching? Japanese women's learning experiences in New Zealand high school and university classrooms. In T. McGrath (Ed.), Proceedings of the 19th ISANA International Education Association Conference. The Gap, Australia: ISANA International Education Association. Retrieved from www.proceedings.com.au/isana2008

Sandretto, S. (2005). How do educators talk about social justice? Some thoughts on infusing a theory of social justice with an ethic of care. In J. Barbara, M. Leach & L. Walsh (Eds.), Proceedings of the Politics of Recognition: Identity, Justice, Respect Conference. (pp. 162-179). Geelong, Australia: Deakin University. [Full Paper]

Sandretto, S. E., Lang, C., Schon, P., & Whyte, B. (2003). A collaborative self-study into teacher education and social justice. Proceedings of the Combined Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education and the Australian Association for Research in Education 2003 : Educational research, risks and dilemmas. [CD-ROM] Auckland: NZARE/AARE. [Full Paper]

Kane, R. G., Sandretto, S. E., & Heath, C. J. (2003). A balancing act for an unknown future: Exposing the teaching/research nexus at the University of Otago. In C. Bond & P. Bright (Eds.), Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia 2003: Learning for an unknown future. [CD-ROM], (pp. 324-332). Christchurch: HERDSA. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2017). What are primary school students’ experiences of process drama when integrated into the literacy programme? Proceedings of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English & Australian Literacy Educators' Association (AATE/ALEA) National Conference: Cutting Edge: Margin to Mainstream. Retrieved from https://event.crowdcompass.com/englitconf2017/activity/sCrhUI4O5i

Sandretto, S., Hopkins, D., Wilson, G., & Mandic, S. (2017). "It hasn't been in our field of view": Active transport, school policy and leadership in neo-liberal times. In S. Mandic, C. Ergler & A. Moore (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium Active Living and Environment: Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Future. (pp. 66). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Mandic, S., Moore, A., Hopkins, D., Flaherty, C., Wilson, G., Sandretto, S., … Williams, J., & Spence, J. C. (2017). Multidisciplinary and multi-sector approach to active living: Insights from Otago [Invited]. In S. Mandic, C. Ergler & A. Moore (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium Active Living and Environment: Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Future. (pp. 22). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Sandretto, S., & Tilson, J. (2016). How to incite change in literacy policy and practice: Strategies and tactics for teacher educators. 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/

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2015). 'I'm on a journey I never thought I would be on'. Proceedings of the International Applied Theatre Symposium: Performance of Hope. (pp. 41). Retrieved from http://www.education.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/events/events-2015/11/the-performance-of-hope.html

Sandretto, S., & Tilson, J. (2014). Discursive constructions of literacies: Enduring and emerging discourses in Aotearoa New Zealand. Proceedings of the Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and New Zealand Association for Research in Education (AARE-NZARE) Conference: Speaking Back Through Research. Retrieved from http://aare-nzare2014.com.au/

Sandretto, S. (2013). (Re)considering information literacy through a critical literacy lens [Keynote speaker]. School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA) Conference: Winds of Change. Retrieved from http://www.slanza.org.nz/2013-conference.html

Sandretto, S., & Tilson, J. J. (2013). "Listen to the students a bit more": Bridging multiliterate funds of knowledge with student researchers. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. Retrieved from http://www.aera.net

Sandretto, S. (2012). Embedding critical literacy into your classroom programme. Proceedings of the New Zealand Reading Association Conference: Reading Between the Vines. Retrieved from http://www.cvent.com/events/2012-new-zealand-reading-association-conference/custom-35-a2d22d51035e4fd9b7b0ad0c72fa54a4.aspx

Hokianga, T., Sandretto, S., & Tilson, J. (2012). Weaving critical multiliteracies into your classroom programme [Workshop]. Proceedings of the New Zealand Reading Association Conference. Retrieved from http://www.cvent.com/events/2012-new-zealand-reading-association-conference/custom-35-a2d22d51035e4fd9b7b0ad0c72fa54a4.aspx

Sandretto, S., & Tilson, J. (2012). "I sort of thought that I knew myself": Student autoethnographies into their multiliterate development [Workshop]. Proceedings of the New Zealand Reading Association Conference. Retrieved from http://www.cvent.com/events/2012-new-zealand-reading-association-conference/custom-35-a2d22d51035e4fd9b7b0ad0c72fa54a4.aspx

Sandretto, S. (2012). Embedding critical literacy into your classroom programme [Workshop]. Proceedings of the New Zealand Reading Association Conference. Retrieved from http://www.cvent.com/events/2012-new-zealand-reading-association-conference/custom-35-a2d22d51035e4fd9b7b0ad0c72fa54a4.aspx

Sandretto, S., & Tilson, J. (2011). Preparing students for multiliteracies: Looking to teacher research into the in and out-of-school multiliterate practices of their students. Proceedings of the 17th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association (AHDA). (pp. 84). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/ahda2011/

Sandretto, S. (2010). A reparative reading of a confessional narrative of 'inclusion': Working within an 'ethic of discomfort'. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Learning. Retrieved from http://2010.thelearner.com/sessions/index.html

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