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Helen TrevethanSenior Lecturer, EdD Coordinator
MEd (Otago) DipTchg

Dunedin Campus
Tel +64 3 479 4230


Kia ora. I came to Initial Teacher Education from a primary teaching background. I have interests in professional experience, mentoring, beginning teaching and science education. I teach on the Bachelor of Teaching and the Master of Teaching and Learning programmes. I also teach a postgraduate distance paper on mentoring and am involved in supervision.

Teaching Area

  • Science Education
  • Professional experience
  • Mentoring

Research Interests

  • Mentoring - beginning teaching, professional experience
  • Pedagogy and Initial Teacher Education - beginning teaching, professional experience, Science education
  • Science learning in primary schools


Trevethan, H. (2023). The art of prophesy: Selection for English-medium undergraduate initial teacher education programmes in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 58, 399-416. doi: 10.1007/s40841-023-00297-0

Cowie, B., & Trevethan, H. (2021). Funds of knowledge and relations as a curriculum and assessment resource in multicultural primary science classrooms: A case study from Aotearoa New Zealand. In M. M. Atwater (Ed.), International handbook of research on multicultural science education. (Online ed.) Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-37743-4_59-1

Sexton, S., & Trevethan, H. (2021). Te Reo Māori in initial teacher education. Proceedings of the Hui: Utaina! Ko ngā hua pūtaiao i te reo Māori. Retrieved from

Gunn, A. C., & Trevethan, H. (2020). Constructing the problem of initial teacher education in Aotearoa New Zealand: Policy formation and risk, 2010-2018. New Zealand Annual Review of Education, 24, 5-20. doi: 10.26686/nzaroe.v24i0.6322

Beasy, K., Kriewaldt, J., Trevethan, H., Morgan, A., & Cowie, B. (2020). Multiperspectivism as a threshold concept in understanding diversity and inclusion for future teachers. Australian Educational Researcher, 47, 893-909. doi: 10.1007/s13384-019-00376-6

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