BA Hons, PhD
Phone: +64 3 479 5786
I am based at HEDC’s Student Learning Development (Otago campus). I provide undergraduate and postgraduate students with learning support in the form of workshops and one-to-one consultations. I am part of the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) leadership team which includes Dr Rob Wass and Dr Julie Timmermans. I am responsible for the day-to-day running of the PASS and other peer learning programmes.
My research interests include academic development for tutors and demonstrators, reciprocal peer observation of teaching, university teaching culture, and gender and education. My doctoral research investigated the various sources of support that enable materially-disadvantaged Cambodian schoolgirls to overcome various hurdles to their education. My study sought to provide a better understanding of how various stakeholders can support girls in Cambodia in their pursuit of academic attainment.
Current research projects
Ako-Aotearoa regional fund project: Teaching and learning circles: A framework for enhancing teaching culture and practice
Project team members: Dr Tracy Rogers, Assoc Prof Clinton Golding, Dr Rob Wass, and Dr Julie Timmermans
The project seeks to answer the following question: To what extent, or in what ways, does the Teaching and Learning Circles (TLC) initiative influence teaching practice and culture? It hopes to provide a peer observation of teaching framework that can be implemented at any tertiary institution seeking to enhance teaching practice and foster improved teaching culture.
Ako-Aotearoa regional fund project: Mentor and peer observation to improve the practice of casual, short-term teachers
Project team members: Dr Rob Wass, Dr Tracy Rogers, Dr Catharine Hartung, and Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre
The main aim of the project is to provide professional development, through peer observation and mentoring, for short-term, contractual (tutoring) staff. The programme was piloted during semester one and two of 2018.
Rogers, T.L., & Anderson, V.A. (in press). Exploring Cambodian schoolgirls' educational persistence: A community cultural wealth perspective. Gender, Place, and Culture.