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Dr Sylvia Robertson

Lecturer

Tel +64 3 479 4993
Google Scholar Sylvia Robertson
ORCID orcid.org/0000-0003-4931-1822
Email sylvia.robertson@otago.ac.nz

Biography

I returned home to Dunedin in 2011 after 18 years teaching and studying in Sydney and the UK. I started working at the College of Education in 2016 as I completed my PhD. Prior to this, I held teaching and leadership roles in diverse primary school settings in New Zealand (Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata), Australia (Sydney) and the UK (Hertfordshire). As I travelled and taught across different countries, in independent and state schools, bilingual settings, all-boys and all-girls and co-educational settings, I became very aware of one constant in education everywhere – change. Thus my research interests include leadership preparation, leadership identity, and management of change. I have published and presented on the leadership self, teacher effectiveness, leadership for social justice, and leadership in high-needs settings.

At the University of Otago College of Education from 2016 to 2019, I taught across a number of different academic and professional practice papers at Bachelor and Masters levels. Currently, I lecture in Education Studies in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. I am Director, University of Otago Centre for Educational Leadership and Administration, and Co-Director, UCEA Centre for the International Study of School Leadership.

Teaching Sectors

  • Primary
  • Bachelor of Teaching / Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Education and Learning
  • Postgraduate supervision

Teaching Areas

  • Education Studies
  • Professional practice (Primary)
  • Educational leadership

Research Interests

  • Leadership of change
  • Leader identity
  • Leadership in high-needs settings
  • Leadership for social justice
  • Leadership preparation
  • Student metacognition

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Publications

Robertson, S. (2020). Going hard and early: Tertiary teaching under lockdown in New Zealand. International Studies in Educational Administration, 48(2), 107-113.

Berg, D., Brown, K., & Robertson, S. (2019). Metacognitive learning: Evaluating a teaching intervention. Proceedings of the British Education Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference. 4368628. Retrieved from http://www.bera.ac.uk

Robertson, S., & Notman, R. (2019, November). High-needs leadership in New Zealand: Implications for school leader preparation. Verbal presentation at the 33rd Annual University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Robertson, S. (2018). A New Zealand principal's perceptions of identity and change. Leading & Managing, 24(1), 33-46.

Robertson, S., & Notman, R. (2018). Understanding the self in leadership: Two New Zealand principals respond to social justice issues. Proceedings of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Convention: Our Mission Critical: Revolutionizing the Future through Equitable Educational Leadership, Research, and Practice. Retrieved from http://www.ucea.org/conference/convention-2018/

Chapter in Book - Research

Robertson, S. (2017). Leading a school merger in a high-needs setting. In R. McNae, M. Morrison & R. Notman (Eds.), Educational leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand: Issues of context and social justice. (pp. 143-158). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Robertson, S. (2020). Going hard and early: Tertiary teaching under lockdown in New Zealand. International Studies in Educational Administration, 48(2), 107-113.

Robertson, S. (2018). A New Zealand principal's perceptions of identity and change. Leading & Managing, 24(1), 33-46.

Robertson, S. (2017). Transformation of professional identity in an experienced primary school principal: A New Zealand case study. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 45(5), 774-789. doi: 10.1177/1741143217707519

Robertson, S., & Notman, R. (2013). Leadership factors that influence the development of teacher practice. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy & Practice, 28(2), 57-68.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Berg, D., Brown, K., & Robertson, S. (2019). Metacognitive learning: Evaluating a teaching intervention. Proceedings of the British Education Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference. 4368628. Retrieved from http://www.bera.ac.uk

Robertson, S., & Notman, R. (2018). Understanding the self in leadership: Two New Zealand principals respond to social justice issues. Proceedings of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Convention: Our Mission Critical: Revolutionizing the Future through Equitable Educational Leadership, Research, and Practice. Retrieved from http://www.ucea.org/conference/convention-2018/

Robertson, S. (2018). Transformative leadership and the leadership self. Proceedings of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference. (pp. 99). Retrieved from http://www.nzareconference.org.nz

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Robertson, S., & Notman, R. (2019, November). High-needs leadership in New Zealand: Implications for school leader preparation. Verbal presentation at the 33rd Annual University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Berg, D., Brown, K., & Robertson, S. (2018, June). Empowering learners by scaffolding metacognition. Verbal presentation at the SERGE Symposium 2018, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Berg, D., Brown, K., & Robertson, S. (2018, October). Thinking about thinking: Empowering learners by Scaffolding Metacognitive Awareness. Workshop presentation at the Teaching and Learning Symposium: Rebuilding Your Ship at Sea: Cultivating Identity, Integrity, Community and Collegiality in Times of Change, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Robertson, S. (2016, April). Staying true to self: A New Zealand principal's perceptions of self and change. Verbal presentation at the Biennial New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society (NZEALS) International Leadership Conference: Leading for Social Justice in Education, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Robertson, S. M. (2017). Principal perceptions of self and change: A New Zealand case study (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/7257

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