Dr Georgina Stewart

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Associate Professor

Phone: 09 921 9999 ext 7231

Email: georgina.stewart@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
Room AR-203

ORCID logo  https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8832-2415


  • 2007: Doctor of Education — University of Waikato
  • 1991: Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) — Auckland College of Education
  • 1982: Master of Science (First Class Honours) in Chemistry — University of Auckland
  • 1981: Bachelor of Science, double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry — University of Auckland.

Memberships and Affiliations:

Teaching Areas:

  • Postgraduate courses and research supervision in Education

Research Areas:

  • Kaupapa Māori research methodology
  • Māori and Māori-medium education
  • History and philosophy of education
  • Māori science education
  • Māori and Indigenous philosophy

Research Summary:

My research interests build on my background as a Māori teacher of science, mathematics and Te Reo Māori in English-medium and Māori medium secondary schools in Auckland and Whangarei.

Specifically, my research centres on the nexus between language, knowledge, culture and education, and aligns with Kaupapa Māori, feminist and poststructuralist philosophical traditions.

My approach to research rests on a politicised understanding of our place as human beings and educators in the natural and social worlds, mediated by a cross-cultural lens that respects diverse indigenous and scientific frames of understanding and self-understanding. Within the philosophy of education community and in my institution I am gaining seniority through editorial work, collaborations, supervising and examining, and contributing to the ongoing life and development of my School.

Current Research Projects:

My Marsden research is funding my project about the role of Te Reo Māori as a language medium for research and scholarship in Education. Listed here: royalsociety.org.nz



  • Stewart, G. (2018). Writing in te reo at university. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online. doi:10.1080/1177083X.2017.1418399
  • Stewart, G., & Dale, H. (2018). Reading the ‘ghost book’: Māori talk about Washday at the Pā, by Ans Westra. Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy, 3(2). doi:10.1186/s40990-018-0014-2
  • Stewart, G., Trinick, T., & Dale, H. (2018). Huarahi Māori: Two decades of indigenous teacher education at the University of Auckland. In P. Whitinui, C. Rodríguez de France, & O. McIvor (Eds.), Promising Practices in Indigenous Teacher Education (pp. 149-162). New York: Springer Education.
  • Stewart, G. (2017). The 'hau' of research: Mauss meets Kaupapa Māori. Journal of World Philosophies, 2(1), 1-11. doi:10.2979/jourworlphil.2.1.01
  • Stewart, G. (2017). Kaupapa Māori theory as a philosophy for education. In T. K. Hoskins & A. Jones (Eds.), Critical conversations in Kaupapa Māori (pp. 133-146). Wellington: Huia Publishers.
  • Stewart, G. (2017). Mana Wahine and Washday at the Pā. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 1-9. doi:10.1080/00131857.2017.1339339
  • Stewart, G. (2017). A Māori crisis in science education? New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 14(1), 21-39.
  • Stewart, G. (2017). What does ‘indigenous’ mean, for me? Educational Philosophy and Theory, 1-4. doi:10.1080/00131857.2017.1302050
  • Stewart, G., Arndt, S., Besley, T., Devine, N., Forster, D., Gibbons, A., Grierson, E., Jackson, L., Jandric, P., Locke, K., Peters, M. A., & Tesar, M. (2017). Antipodean Theory for educational research. Open Review of Educational Research, 4(1), 61-74. doi:10.1080/23265507.2017.1337555
  • Mika, C., & Stewart, G. (2017). Lost in translation: western representations of Māori knowledge. Open Review of Educational Research, 4(1), 134-146. doi:10.1080/23265507.2017.1364143
  • Mika, C., Stewart, G., Watson, K. i., Silva, K., Martin, B., Matapo, J., & Galuvao, A. (2017). What is indigenous research in philosophy of education? And what is PESA, from an indigenous perspective? Educational Philosophy and Theory, 1-7. doi:10.1080/00131857.2017.1317042
  • Stewart, G., & Dale, H. (2016). "Dirty laundry" in Māori education history? Another spin for Washday at the Pā. Waikato Journal of Education, 21(2), 5-15.
  • Stewart, G. (2016). From both sides of the indigenous-settler hyphen in Aotearoa New Zealand. Educational Philosophy and Theory. Retrieved from dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2016.1204904
  • Stewart, G. (2016). Indigenous knowledge and education policy for teachers of Māori learners. Knowledge Cultures, 4(3), 84-98.
  • Stewart, G. (2016). Indigenous Philosophies and Education: The Case of Kaupapa Māori. Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_177-1.
  • Stewart, G. (2016). Reviewing and Ethics in the Online Academy. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 48(5), 437-442.
  • Stewart, G. (2016). What's in a name? In support of A Manifesto for Re:emergent Philosophy. Confluence: Online Journal of World Philosophies, 4, 154-161.
  • Stewart, G., & Mika, C. (2016). Indigenous Knowledge: past, present, future (Editorial). Knowledge Cultures, 4(3), 11-14.
  • Stewart, G., & Roberts, P. (2016). Philosophy of education, dialogue and academic life in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Policy Futures in Education, 14(2), 238-251. doi:10.1177/1478210315614753
  • Jackson, L., & Stewart, G. M. (2015). Lifting the publishing curtain: the editor interview project of the EPAT Editorial Development Group (EDG). Educational Philosophy and Theory. doi:10.1080/00131857.2015.1069037
  • Mika, C., & Stewart, G. (2015). Māori in the Kingdom of the Gaze: Subjects or critics?. Educational Philosophy and Theory. doi:10.1080/00131857.2015.1013017
  • Stewart, G. (2015). Actual Minds of Two Halves: Measurement, Metaphor and the Message. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 47(11), 1227-1233.
  • Stewart, G. M. (2015). The long arc of knowledge: an interview with Nicholas Burbules. Educational Philosophy and Theory. doi:10.1080/00131857.2015.1069033
  • Stewart, G., & Buntting, C. (2015). Teachers, Curious Minds, and science education. Curriculum Matters, 11, 98-116.
  • Stewart, G. M., & Forster, D. J. (2015). Academic Publishing, Philosophy of Education and the Future. Educational Philosophy and Theory. doi:10.1080/00131857.2015.1069034
  • Stewart, G., Mika, C., Cooper, G., Bidois, V., & Hoskins, T. K. (2015). Introducing the Indigenous Philosophy Group (IPG). Educational Philosophy and Theory, 47(9), 851-855.
  • Stewart, G., Tamatea, K., & Mika, C. (2015). Infinitely welcome: Education pōwhiri and ethnic performativity. MAI Journal, 4(2), 91-103. Retrieved from journal.mai.ac.nz/
  • Roberts, P., & Stewart, G. (2014). Looking Beyond Neoliberal Tertiary Education Policy from Taoist and Māori Perspectives. Knowledge Cultures, 2(2), 93-107.
  • Stewart, G. (2014). Kaupapa Māori, philosophy, and schools. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 46(11), 1270-1275.
  • Stewart, G. M. (2014). The Māori body in education: from 'good with their hands' to the 'long brown tail'. In P. O Connor, & K. Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Education and the body (pp. 11-21). Auckland: Edify.
  • Stewart, G. M. (2014). Te reo Māori in classrooms: current policy, future practice. set: research information for teachers, (3), 3-7.
  • Stewart, G. M. (2014). Te take kāhore ahau e tuhi rangahau ki te reo Māori. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 49(1), 37-42.
  • Stewart, G. M. (2014). Whose research? Whose reality? The identity politics of education science. In P. Hart, M. A. Peters, & A. Reid (Eds.), A Companion to Research in Education (pp. 499-502). New York: Springer Press.
  • McKinley, E. & Stewart, G. M. (2012). Out of Place: Indigenous knowledge (IK) in the science curriculum. In Fraser, B., McRobbie, C. & Tobin, K. (Eds). Second International Handbook of Science Education (pp.541-554). New York and London, Springer.
  • Stewart, G. M. (2012). Achievements, orthodoxies and science in Kaupapa Māori schooling. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 47(2), 51-63.
  • Stewart, G. (2011). Science in the Māori-medium curriculum: Assessment of policy outcomes in Pūtaiao education. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 43(7), 724-741.
  • Stewart, G. M. (2011). The Extra Strand of the Māori Science Curriculum. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 43(10), 1175-1182.
  • Stewart, G. M. (2010). Good Science? The growing gap between power and education. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Stewart, G. M. (2010). Knowing Our Place: Critical Multicultural Science Education. In S. May, & C. Sleeter (Eds.), Critical Multiculturalism: From theory to praxis (pp. 151-162). New York: Routledge.
  • Stewart, G. M. (2010). Language issues in Māori chemistry education. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 6(1), 66-71. Retrieved from content.alternative.ac.nz/
  • McKinley, E. and Stewart, G. M. (2009). Falling into Place: Indigenous science education research in the Pacific. In Ritchie, S. (Eds). World of Science Education Vol.2: Handbook of Research in Australasia (pp.49-66). Rotterdam, Sense.
  • Earl, L.M. with Timperley, H. & Stewart, G. M. (2009). Learning from the Quality Teaching Research and Development Programme (QTR&D) - Findings of the External Evaluation. Wellington, MOE. Retrieved from: www.educationcounts.govt.nz.
  • Stewart, G. M. (2007). Narrative pedagogy for teaching and learning about the nature of Putaiao (Māori-medium science). New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 42(1&2), 129-142.
  • Stewart, G. (2005). Māori in the Science Curriculum: Developments and possibilities. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 37(6), 851-870.
  • McKinley, E., Stewart, G. M., & Richards, P. (2004). Māori Students in Science and Mathematics: Junior programmes in secondary schools. set:Research information for teachers, 2004(3), 9-13.


  • 2017: Faculty of Culture and Society, AUT Research Awards, Research Excellence Highly Commended Award
  • 2014: RSNZ Marsden Fast-Start research grant (2015-2018, total value $300,000). Title: Māori-medium educational scholarship.
  • 2014: University of Auckland Faculty Research Development Fund research grant (2014-2016; total value $25,000). Title: Developing a Kaupapa Māori philosophy of education.
  • 2009: National Māori Academic Excellence Award.
  • 2007: University of Waikato Peter Freyberg Memorial Fund Award for Curriculum Research.
  • 2005: University of Waikato Doctoral Scholarship.