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Dr Sarah Stein

Sarah SteinPhD (QUT), MEd (Research) (QUT), GradDipEdAdmin (USQ), BA (UQ), BEdSt (UQ), DipT (ACU)

Director (Distance Learning)

Email: sarah.stein@otago.ac.nz
Phone: +64 3 479 5809

About Sarah

Sarah's background is in education; she has had experience as a school teacher, curriculum advisor and academic staff developer. She has tutored and lectured in science education and technology education within undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education courses. Her current research focus is teaching, learning, curriculum and evaluation in higher education settings.

Sarah is the Director of Distance Learning for the University. Her office is in the Commerce Building, Fourth Floor, Room 4.15 on the Dunedin campus.

Supervision

Sarah supervises research in a variety of areas related to teaching, learning and curriculum including evaluation.

Current students

  • Belinda Lawrence (PhD)
  • Swee Kin Loke (PhD)
  • Mike Tweed (PhD)
  • Sam Asare (PhD)

Past students
Previous PhD and Masters students:

  • Kwong Nui Sim (PhD)
  • Paul Kane (Master of Health Science (Clinical Education): The impact of the VERT virtual reality system on teaching and learning associated with radiation therapy planning skills in the second year of the Bachelor of Radiation Therapy)
  • Kelby Smith-Han (PhD thesis title: An investigation of undergraduate medical students’ discourses of General Practice)
  • Jenny McDonald (PhD thesis title: An empirically-based tutorial dialogue system: Design, implementation and evaluation in a health sciences domain)
  • KwongNui Sim (Master of Arts (Higher Education) thesis title: The Importance of Personal Computers in Higher Education)
  • Ahmad Sabry Othman (PhD thesis title: Teaching Maths in a Second Language)
  • Maree Steel (Master Of Health Science thesis title: Portfolios: Multiple Spaces for Learning)
  • Mitchell Parkes (University of New England, Australia) (PhD thesis title: The Competencies Required for Effective Performance in a University E-Learning Environment)
  • Carina Bossu (University of New England, Australia) (PhD thesis title: Higher Distance Education in Brazil: Policies, Practices and Staff Development)
  • Frances Quinn (University of New England, Australia) (PhD thesis title: Learning Approaches and Outcomes in a First Year Biology Topic: A Relational Study involving Distance and On-Campus Students)
  • Rupert Collister (University of New England, Australia) (PhD Thesis title: A Journey of Wholeness and Meaning: Investigating a Harmonious Ontology which could Facilitate the Conditoins for Holistic, Transformative Epistemologies within the Structures of a Community with a View to Creating and Sustainable Future for all Beings)
  • Mary Panko (University of New England, Australia) (PhD Thesis title: The Impact of Teaching Beliefs on the Practice of E-Moderators)

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Publications

Stein, S. J., Spiller, D., Terry, S., Harris, T., Deaker, L., & Kennedy, J. (2013). Tertiary teachers and student evaluations: Never the twain shall meet? Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 38(7), 892-904. doi: 10.1080/02602938.2013.767876

Parkes, M., Stein, S., & Reading, C. (2015). Student preparedness for university e-learning environments. Internet & Higher Education, 25, 1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.iheduc.2014.10.002

Moskal, A. C. M., Stein, S. J., & Golding, C. (2016). Can you increase teacher engagement with evaluation simply by improving the evaluation system? Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 41(2), 286-300. doi: 10.1080/02602938.2015.1007838

Quinn, F., & Stein, S. (2013). Relationships between learning approaches and outcomes of students studying a first-year biology topic on-campus and by distance. Higher Education Research & Development, 32(4), 617-631. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2012.704902

Bath, D., Smith, C., Stein, S., & Swann, R. (2004). Beyond mapping and embedding graduate attributes: Bringing together quality assurance and action learning to create a validated and living curriculum. Higher Education Research & Development, 23(3), 313-328.

Chapter in Book - Research

Spronken-Smith, R., & Stein, S. (2009). Challenging tertiary teachers' beliefs and practices: Facilitating change and development through portfolios. In J. Zubizarreta (Ed.), The learning portfolio: Reflective practice for improving student learning. (2nd ed.) (pp. 197-210). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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Journal - Research Article

Asare, S., Nicholson, H., & Stein, S. (2017). You can’t ignore us: What role does family play in student engagement and alienation in a Ghanaian university? Journal of Higher Education Policy & Management, 39(6), 593-606. doi: 10.1080/1360080X.2017.1377968

Stein, S., Hart, S., Keaney, P., & White, R. (2017). Student views on the cost of and access to textbooks: An investigation at University of Otago (New Zealand). Open Praxis, 9(4), 403-419.

Stein, S. J., & Anderson, B. (2017). Hidden aspects of administration: How scale changes the role of a distance education administrator. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, XX(4). Retrieved from https://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/winter204/stein_anderson204.html

Tweed, M. J., Stein, S., Wilkinson, T. J., Purdie, G., & Smith, J. (2017). Certainty and safe consequence responses provide additional information from multiple choice question assessments. BMC Medical Education, 17, 106. doi: 10.1186/s12909-017-0942-z

Moskal, A. C. M., Stein, S. J., & Golding, C. (2016). Can you increase teacher engagement with evaluation simply by improving the evaluation system? Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 41(2), 286-300. doi: 10.1080/02602938.2015.1007838

Parkes, M., Stein, S., & Reading, C. (2015). Student preparedness for university e-learning environments. Internet & Higher Education, 25, 1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.iheduc.2014.10.002

Malouff, J. M., Stein, S. J., Bothma, L. N., Coulter, K., & Emmerton, A. J. (2014). Preventing halo bias in grading the work of university students. Cogent Psychology, 1(1), 988937. doi: 10.1080/23311908.2014.988937

Quinn, F., & Stein, S. (2013). Relationships between learning approaches and outcomes of students studying a first-year biology topic on-campus and by distance. Higher Education Research & Development, 32(4), 617-631. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2012.704902

Stein, S. J., Spiller, D., Terry, S., Harris, T., Deaker, L., & Kennedy, J. (2013). Tertiary teachers and student evaluations: Never the twain shall meet? Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 38(7), 892-904. doi: 10.1080/02602938.2013.767876

Smith-Han, K., Jaye, C., Fitzgerald, R., & Stein, S. (2013). What do medical students learn about general practice in their undergraduate education? Focus on Health Professional Education, 14(3), 78-90.

Parkes, M., Reading, C., & Stein, S. (2013). The competencies required for effective performance in a university e-learning environment. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29(6), 777-791.

Gray, B., Stein, S. J., Osborne, P., & Aitken, R. (2013). Collaborative learning in a marketing strategy education context. Practice & Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, 8(1), 35-55.

Shephard, K., Mansvelt, J., Stein, S., Suddaby, G., Harris, I., & O'Hara, D. (2011). Professional development for e-learning: Researching a strategy for New Zealand's tertiary sector. International Journal on E-Learning, 10(4), 461-481.

Stein, S. J., Shephard, K., & Harris, I. (2011). Conceptions of e-learning and professional development for e-learning held by tertiary educators in New Zealand. British Journal of Educational Technology, 42(1), 145-165. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.00997.x

Shephard, K., Harland, T., Stein, S., & Tidswell, T. (2011). Preparing an application for a higher-education teaching-excellence award: Whose foot fits Cinderella's shoe? Journal of Higher Education Policy & Management, 33(1), 47-56. doi: 10.1080/1360080X.2011.537011

Anderson, B., Lee, S. W. F., Simpson, M. G., & Stein, S. J. (2011). Study orchestrations in distance learning: Identifying dissonance and its implications for distance educators. International Review of Research in Open & Distance Learning, 12(5). Retrieved from http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/977

Stein, S. J., & Walker, R. (2010). Tertiary teachers learning about teaching: Integrating theoretical and practical knowledge. Practice & Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, 5(1), 2-22.

Bossu, C., Smyth, R., & Stein, S. (2007). Academic professional development for effective e-learning: A possible framework for Brazil. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning, 2(4), 48-53.

Stein, S. J., Ginns, I. S., & McDonald, C. V. (2007). Teachers learning about technology and technology education: Insights from a professional development experience. International Journal of Technology & Design Education, 17(2), 179-195.

Bath, D., Smith, C., Stein, S., & Swann, R. (2004). Beyond mapping and embedding graduate attributes: Bringing together quality assurance and action learning to create a validated and living curriculum. Higher Education Research & Development, 23(3), 313-328.

Stein, S. J., Isaacs, G., & Andrews, T. (2004). Incorporating authentic learning experiences within a universtiy course. Studies in Higher Education, 29(2), 239-258.

Stein, S. J., Docherty, M., & Hannam, R. (2003). Making the processes of designing explicit within an information technology environment. International Journal of Technology & Design Education, 13(2), 145-170.

Ginns, I. S., Stein, S. J., & McRobbie, C. J. (2003). Female students′ learning in design and technology projects. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics & Technology Education, 3(3), 305-321.

Stein, S. J., Ginns, I. S., & McRobbie, C. J. (2003). Grappling with teaching design and technology: A beginning teacher's experiences. Research in Science & Technology Education, 21(2), 141-157.

Stein, S. J., McRobbie, C. J., & Ginns, I. S. (2002). Implications of missed opportunities for learning and assessment in design and technology education. Teaching & Teacher Education, 18, 35-49.

McRobbie, C. J., Stein, S. J., & Ginns, I. S. (2001). Exploring designerly thinking of students as novice designers. Research in Science Education, 31, 91-116.

Stein, S. J., McRobbie, C. J., & Ginns, I. S. (2001). Authentic program planning in technology education. International Journal of Technology & Design Education, 11, 239-261.

Ginns, I., Stein, S., McRobbie, C., & Swales, A. (2000). A case study of a gifted female primary school student grappling with a design and technology project. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 9(2), 43-55.

Stein, S. J., McRobbie, C. J., & Ginns, I. (2000). Recognising uniqueness in the technology key learning area: The search for meaning. International Journal of Technology & Design Education, 10, 105-123.

McRobbie, C. J., Ginns, I. S., & Stein, S. J. (2000). Preservice primary teachers' thinking about technology and technology education. International Journal of Technology & Design Education, 10, 81-101.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Sim, K., Butson, R., Stein, S., & van der Meer, J. (2014). Seeing between the lines: How do PhD students use computer technologies in their research practices? In B. Hegarty, J. McDonald & S.-K. Loke (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite) Conference: Rhetoric and Reality: Critical Perspectives on Educational Technology. (pp. 233-241). Retrieved from http://ascilite2014.otago.ac.nz/

Parkes, M., Reading, C., & Stein, S. (2010). e-Learning: Just how difficult can it be? In D. Gronn & G. Romeo (Eds.), Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) Conference: Digital Diversity. Melbourne, Australia: Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE). Retrieved from http://acec2010.acce.edu.au/taxonomy/term/316/0

Quinn, F., Pegg, J., & Stein, S. (2007). Radical existentialism meets cognitive science: A review of converging qualitative and quantitative perspectives in research into tertiary students' learning. Proceedings of the Inaugural Postgraduate Research Conference: Bridging the gap between ideas and doing research. (pp. 301-313). Deakin West, ACT: Australian College of Educators. [Full Paper]

Ginns, I. S., McDonald, C. V., McRobbie, C. J., & Stein, S. J. (2002). What teachers really know about technology when they claim they don't know? In H. Middleton, M. Pavlova & D. Roebuck (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial International Conference on Technology Education. 2, (pp. 142-151). Brisbane, Australia: Griffith University. [Full Paper]

Stein, S. J. (2002). Information technology students′ changes in personal constructs about technological activity. In H. Middleton, M. Pavlova & D. Roebuck (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial International Conference on Technology Education. 2, (pp. 182-191). Brisbane, Australia: Griffith University. [Full Paper]

Stein, S. J., McRobbie, C. J., & Ginns, I. S. (2002). Primary school students approaches to design activities. Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Meeting. (pp. 1-22). Sydney, Australia: AARE. [Full Paper]

McDonald, C. V., Ginns, I. S., McRobbie, C. J., & Stein, S. J. (2002). ″It's just computers and electrical stuff...″: Changes in students′ views of technology in a Year 7 classroom. In H. Middleton, M. Pavlova & D. Roebuck (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial International Conference on Technology Education. 2, (pp. 35-42). Brisbane, Australia: Griffith University. [Full Paper]

Stein, S. J., Ginns, I. S., & McRobbie, C. J. (2002). An integrated approach to describing technology education classrooms. In H. Middleton, M. Pavlova & D. Roebuck (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial International Conference on Technology Education. 2, (pp. 192-202). Brisbane, Australia: Griffith University. [Full Paper]

Stein, S., Andrews, T., & Isaacs, G. (2001). Incorporating authentic learning experiences within a business management course. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Association for Research in Education. Fremantle, Australia: AARE. Retrieved from http://www.aare.edu.au/01pap/abs01.htm#S

Stein, S., Docherty, M., & Hannam, R. (2001). Making the processes of design explicit within an information technology environment. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Association for Research in Education. Fremantle, Australia: AARE. [Full Paper]

Ginns, I., Stein, S., & McRobbie, C. (2000). Primary school students′ engagement in design and technology projects. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Association for Research in Education. Sydney, Australia: AARE. Retrieved from http://www.aare.edu.au/00pap/abs00.htm#G

Ginns, I., McRobbie, C. J., & Stein, S. J. (2000). An authentic learning environment in a design and technology subject for preservice primary teacher education students. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Research in Education 1999. (pp. 1-18). Melbourne, Australia: AARE. Retrieved from http://www.aare.edu.au/99pap/gin99260.htm

Ginns, I., McRobbie, C., & Stein, S. (2000). Implementing technology syllabus documents: How research can improve practice. Proceedings of the 1st Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research. (pp. 75-85). Brisbane, Australia: Griffith University. [Full Paper]

Isaacs, G., Andrews, T., & Stein, S. (2000). Opportunities for learning provided by a ″flexible delivery″ environment. Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Meeting. Sydney, Australia: AARE. Retrieved from http://www.aare.edu.au/00pap/abs00.htm#I

Isaacs, G., Andrews, T., & Stein, S. (2000). Balancing competing demands within a ″flexible delivery″ environment. Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Meeting. Sydney, Australia: AARE. Retrieved from http://www.aare.edu.au/00pap/abs00.htm#I

Stein, S. J., McRobbie, C. J., & Ginns, I. S. (2000). A model for the professional development of teachers in design and technology. Proceedings of the AARE-NZARE 1999. (pp. 1-15). Queensland, Australia: AARE. Retrieved from http://www.aare.edu.au/99pap/ste99273.htm

McRobbie, C. J., Ginns, I. S., & Stein, S. J. (2000). A case study of change in elementary pre-service teacher education students′ thinking about design technology. Proceedings of the 1st Biennial international Conference on Technology Education Research. (pp. 271-280). Brisbane, Australia: Griffith University. [Full Paper]

Stein, S. J., Ginns, I., & McRobbie, C. J. (2000). Supporting students' discernment of important elements of design and technology activities. Proceedings of the 1st Biennial international Conference on Technology Education Research. (pp. 221-232). Brisbane, Australia: Griffith University. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Tweed, M., Wilkinson, T., Stein, S., & Smith, J. (2014). Insight, foresight and risk-taking: Response analysis from an MCQ. Proceedings of the 16th Ottawa Conference and the 12th Canadian Conference on Medical Education: Transforming Healthcare through Excellence in Assessment and Evaluation. Retrieved from http://www.ottawaconference.org/

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