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Dr Suzanne Renner

Suzanne RennerSenior Lecturer
MFA(Utah) DipPhEd(Otago) DipTchg

Dunedin Campus
Tel 64 3 479 4934
Email suzanne.renner@otago.ac.nz 

Biography

After some years as a professional dancer in a US-based dance company, I returned to New Zealand in 1986 to teach dance education in the primary and secondary programmes of the college. I have been a writer, professional development facilitator, national moderator and/or examiner for dance in The New Zealand Curriculum, NCEA and the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement in The Arts. In 2015 I completed a Doctor of Education degree with a research focus on primary teachers’ dance teaching beliefs, knowledge and practice. In the wider community, I teach a weekly class for mature adults called Aging Gracefully.

Research Interests

  • Teaching and learning in, through, and about dance education.

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Publications

Renner, S., & Pratt, K. (2017). Exploring primary teachers' self-efficacy beliefs for teaching dance education. Issues in Educational Research, 27(1), 115-133. Retrieved from http://www.iier.org.au/iier27/renner.html

Renner, S., & Bell, D. (2016). Joining in the dance: What can learned from high self-efficacy teachers about teaching dance? Curriculum Matters, 12, 46-60.

Renner, S. (2016, October). Measuring self-efficacy beliefs for teaching dance. Verbal presentation at the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Conference: Speaking with Our Feet: Advocating, Analyzing, and Advancing Dance Education, Washington, DC.

Renner, S. (2016, October). New Zealand [Panel discussion: The global status of dance education]. Invited presentation at the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Conference: Speaking with Our Feet: Advocating, Analyzing, and Advancing Dance Education, Washington, DC.

Renner, S. (2015, November). Connections, shifts and tensions: Lessons learned from participating in diverse dance communities. Verbal presentation at the International Conference on Community Dance: Moving Communities, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Performance

Renner, S. (choreographer, performer & costumes), & Aldabe, D. (performer) (2010, 8-9 October). Pastiche, presented by the University of Otago Dance Studies Community Dancers, in Communitas, Allen Hall Theatre, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Aldabe, D. (performer), & Renner, S. (performer) (2010, 8-9 October). Hunger, choreographed by Shona Dunlop MacTavish and presented by the University of Otago Dance Studies Community Dancers, in Communitas, Allen Hall Theatre, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Renner, S. (performer) (2010, 8-9 October). Slavonic Dance, choreographed by Shona Dunlop MacTavish and presented by the University of Otago Dance Studies Community Dancers, in Communitas, Allen Hall Theatre, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Renner, S. (choreographer, performer & costumes), & Aldabe, D. (performer) (2010, 8-9 October). As Is Proper, presented by the University of Otago Dance Studies Community Dancers, in Communitas, Allen Hall Theatre, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Renner, S. (choreographer & performer) (2008, 4-6 April). Voyage, performed in conjunction with the Fringe Festival, Mary Hopewell Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Renner, S. (performer) (2008, 29 Feb-2 Mar). Voyage, performed in conjunction with the Fringe Festival, Wellington Performing Arts Centre, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Renner, S. (2012). Looking at dance: An exploration of children's reflections. In A. K. Brown, M.-E. Manley & C. Svendler Nielsen (Eds.), In search of our own dance knowledges (Vol. 1 of DaCi's first 30 years: Rich returns). (pp. 104-117). Taiwan: Dance and Child International.

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Journal - Research Article

Renner, S., & Pratt, K. (2017). Exploring primary teachers' self-efficacy beliefs for teaching dance education. Issues in Educational Research, 27(1), 115-133. Retrieved from http://www.iier.org.au/iier27/renner.html

Renner, S., & Bell, D. (2016). Joining in the dance: What can learned from high self-efficacy teachers about teaching dance? Curriculum Matters, 12, 46-60.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Renner, S. (2013). Primary teachers' efficacy beliefs in dance education. In S. W. Stinson, C. Svendler-Nielsen & S.-Y. Liu (Eds.), Proceedings of the Dance and Child International (daCi) and World Dance Alliance (WDA) Global Dance Summit: Dance, Young People and Change. Retrieved from http://ausdance.org.au/publications/details/dance-young-people-and-change

Renner, S. (2009). Pasifika dance in education. In K. Noel & L. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of the Dance and the Child International Conference (daCi): Cultures Flex: Unearthing Expressions of the Dancing Child (11th Ed.). (pp. 108-119). [Full Paper]

Renner, S. (2008). 'Friday is lavalava day': Celebrating Pasifika cultures as a context for arts teaching and learning. Proceedings of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education National Conference. [CD-ROM] [Full Paper]

Renner, S. (2006). Looking at dance: An exploration of children's reflections. In L. Wildschut (Ed.), Proceedings of the Colouring Senses: Dance and the Child International Conference. (pp. 150-159). The Hague, Netherlands. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Cameron, J., Juntrasook, A., Morrison, C., Nairn, K., Renner, S., Sligo, J., Tilson, J., Trevethan, H., Wass, R., & Anakin, M. (2012). Negotiating and sustaining academic writing groups. Proceedings of the Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA). Retrieved from http://aare-apera2012.com.au/

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Renner, S. (2016, October). Measuring self-efficacy beliefs for teaching dance. Verbal presentation at the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Conference: Speaking with Our Feet: Advocating, Analyzing, and Advancing Dance Education, Washington, DC.

Renner, S. (2016, October). New Zealand [Panel discussion: The global status of dance education]. Invited presentation at the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Conference: Speaking with Our Feet: Advocating, Analyzing, and Advancing Dance Education, Washington, DC.

Renner, S. (2015, November). Connections, shifts and tensions: Lessons learned from participating in diverse dance communities. Verbal presentation at the International Conference on Community Dance: Moving Communities, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Renner, S. (2013, July). Primary teachers' efficacy beliefs in dance education. Invited presentation at the Teachers' Refresher Course Committee (TRCC) Dance Conference, Welington, New Zealand.

Renner, S. (2013, July). Pat, tap, and clap (viewing and responding to dance). Invited presentation at the Teachers' Refresher Course Committee (TRCC) Dance Conference, Welington, New Zealand.

Renner, S. (2012, July). Primary teachers' efficacy beliefs in dance education. Verbal presentation at the Dance and Child International (daCi) and World Dance Alliance (WDA) Global Dance Summit: Dance, Young People and Change, Taipei, Taiwan.

Renner, S. (2011, November-December). Teachers' beliefs and the teaching of dance in primary classrooms. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference and Annual Meeting, Tauranga, New Zealand.

Rice, K., Trevethan, H., Rosin, V., & Renner, S. (2010, October). Practitioner based research: Working towards an EdD. Verbal presentation at the Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ) Biennial National Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Renner, S. (2010, June). Teaching the teachers: Challenges and issues in dance education. Verbal presentation at the International Dance Symposium: Dancing Across the Disciplines, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Renner, S. (2009, July). Culturally inclusive arts education [Colloquium discussion: Leaving the safety zone: Inter-cultural encounters in arts education]. Verbal presentation at the Arts in Society International Conference, Venice, Italy.

Renner, S. (2009, August). Pat, tap, clap. Verbal presentation at the Dance and the Child International (daCi) Conference: Cultures Flex: Unearthing Expressions of the Dancing Child, Kingston, Jamaica.

Renner, S. (2009, July). Dance in primary schools. Verbal presentation at the Researching Professionals Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Renner, S. J. (2015). Generalist teachers' self-efficacy beliefs for teaching dance (EdD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5847

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