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Collaborations & Networks

Research students in the College of Education benefit from the work that the College does in its links with a number of leading research centres. There are strong links with:

Staff Collaborations

Staff at the College of Education are involved in a number of collaborative research projects:

Associate Professor Vivienne Anderson

Associate Director, Centre for Global Migrations, a University of Otago research theme. Other management team members include Professor Angela McCarthy (History) and Professor Henry Johnson (School of Performing Arts).

Principal Investigator, Refugee-background students in Aotearoa: Supporting successful secondary to tertiary education transitions. This three-year project is funded through a New Zealand Council for Educational Research Teaching and Learning Research Initiative Grant. Other research team members include Dr Jo Oranje and Sayedali Mostolizadeh (University of Otago). Research partners include Amber Fraser-Smith (Otago Polytechnic), Pip Laufiso (Ministry of Education), Angela Watts (Carisbrook School), Jarrah Cooke (NZ Red Cross) and Dr Rachel Rafferty (University of Derby – external advisor).

Participating researcher, Educational Activism Project. This project, led by Dr Sally Baker from the University of New South Wales, is a collaboration between 17 scholar-activists based in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Leader, Pathways to Tertiary Education Network. This Dunedin-based network was established in 2018 as a cross-sector partnership aimed at advocating for and supporting tertiary education access and success for former refugees in Southern Aotearoa. Members include staff from the University of Otago, Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand Red Cross, the Otago-Southland Ministry of Education, and student representatives.

Member, Learning Together in Aotearoa. This national, inter-institutional staff-student network was established in 2019 by Professor Sara Kindon from Victoria University of Wellington with the support of the Tertiary Education Commission. The group’s aim is to facilitate collaborative advocacy, research and practice that fosters former refugees’ access to and success in tertiary education in Aotearoa.

Dr David Berg

Dr Berg is a member of the Literacy Research Unit (LRU).

Dr Alex Gunn

Spark - a Canterbury based early childhood social justice and inclusive education research network 

Teacher Educator Researcher in the 3-year TLRI project 'Learning to become assessment capable teachers' 

NZARE Early Childhood Education SIG 

Dr Hugh Morrison

Research Associate, Public History Research Unit, University of Waikato;

Affiliated Colleague of Scottish Studies, University of Otago;

Participating researcher, Te whakapapa o te whakapono/Lineages of Faith Research Group, Centre for Research into National Identity, University of Otago.

Dr Ross Notman

The Centre for Educational Leadership and Administration [CELA] is currently involved in two international research collaborations and networks, for which Dr Notman is the New Zealand research director:

International Successful School Principalship Project [ISSPP] 2008 – present. Under the auspices of Professor Chris Day, University of Nottingham, this 14-country project aims to focus research attention on factors behind school principals’ success based on two major research questions:

  • What practices do successful leaders use?
  • What factors give rise to successful educational leadership?

International School Leadership Development Network [ISLDN] 2011 – present. Under the auspices of the British and American Educational Leadership Associations, this 7-country project aims to determine how best to prepare educators to be leaders in high-needs schools. This is in response to the generic nature of principal preparation programmes across member countries.

Jill Paris

Involved in the collaborative project, Literate identity and engagement: An international exploration. The lead researchers are Professor Sara Ann Beach, University of Oklahoma, and Professor Angela Ward, University of Saskatchewan. Five countries are participating; USA, Canada, New Zealand, Kazakstan and Slovakia.

Children aged 9 – 10 years are being surveyed and interviewed to explore how children in different cultural contexts perceive themselves as readers and writers.

Dr Steven Sexton

Dr Sexton is working with members of the New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators (NZAPSE) Research Committee on preparing a response to Sir Peter Gluckman’s report as Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister on the state of science education in the 21st Century. Members include Bronwen Cowie and Anne Hume from Waikato University, Margie Harris of Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Rena Heap at Auckland University, Dayle Anderson at Victoria University, Bill McIntrye at Massey University and Chris Astall at Canterbury University.

Professor Lisa Smith

Consortium of International Researchers on Assessment (CIRCA) - Experts in educational assessment from NZ, Australia, Canada, the USA, and Scotland are collaborating on projects related to initial teacher education and assessment issues.

The role of the museum in the education of attitudes, motivations, emotions and learning processes of young adults. The group is led by Stefano Mastandrea from Roma Tre in Rome. Others in the group are:

  1. Jo Chiung-Hua Chen (Taipei, Taiwan)
  2. Joao Frois (Lisbona, Portugal)
  3. Hana Gottesdiener (Paris, France)
  4. Holger Hoege (Oldenburg, Germany,
  5. Aniko Illes (Budapest, Hungary)
  6. Helmut Leder (Vienna, Austria)
  7. Paul Locher New York (USA)
  8. Pablo Tinio (New York)
  9. Lisa Smith (Dunedin, New Zealand)
  10. Jeff Smith (Dunedin, New Zealand)
  11. Paola Perucchini (Developmental Psychologist, University of Rome, Roma Tre)
  12. Giuseppe Carrus (Social Psychologist, University of Rome, Roma Tre)
  13. Fridanna Maricchiolo (Social Psychologist, University of Rome, Roma Tre)
  14. Giuseppe Bove (Statistician, University of Rome, Roma Tre)
  15. Daniela Marella (Statistician, University of Rome, Roma Tre)
  16. National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy

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