Steven Arnold

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Senior Lecturer — Montessori Primary Education

Phone: 921 9999 ext 7550


Physical Address:
Room AR211, School of Education, AUT North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland 0627.

Postal Address:
School of Education, AUT North Shore Campus
Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142.


  • Masters of Education
  • Bachelors of Arts
  • Bachelors of Science
  • Montessori Diplomas 3 – 6, 6 – 12 (AMI) and 12 – 15, 15 – 18 (AMS)
  • Diploma of Teaching
  • Licentiate, Trinity College of London.

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Montessori Australia Foundation
  • Peace Foundation


I am a passionate educator with experience in Montessori education and state education. I am interested in the role of the teacher mentor, education for peace, nurturing teachers, lifelong education and the promotion of the child.

I have experience in teaching, as chair of board of trustees, being a principal, starting a school, international schools, school change and social change through education. My wife and two sons now live in Auckland. 

Research Areas:

  • Peace Education
  • The role of the teacher educator
  • Montessori education
  • Change Management

Current Research Projects:

  • Arnold, S., Benade, L., Craw, J., & Devine, N. (2012). The A, B, C & D approach to revolution: Reflecting on a 'lunch date' with Professor Peter McLaren. Educational Provocations, 2, 209-216.
  • Arnold, S., & Boland, N. (2014). What happened to the village that was supposed to raise the child?. Conference Proceedings: Children in Crisis. (in process) Arnold, S. (2014). Montessori in the home and at school. Matakana. Retrieved from
  • Arnold, S. (2014). Montessori for secondary education workshop.
  • Arnold, S. (2014). Montessori Environments.
  • Arnold, S. (2014). Montessori Embraces the Whole Universe.
  • Arnold, S. (2014). Education as a Mediator. Policy Futures in Education.(in process) Arnold, S. (2013). Study Guide Database [Computer Software].
  • Arnold, S. (2013). Peace Education - beyond the classroom;. Public Presentation, Akoranga, Auckland.
  • Arnold, S. (2013). Montessori: the story of mathematics.
  • Arnold, S. (2013). Montessori: Ipads or Ifads? pedagogy and Ipadogogy.
  • Arnold, S. (2013). Montessori: Day of Peace.
  • Arnold, S. (2013). Montessori High School.
  • Arnold, S. (2013). Montessori for Gifted and Talented.
  • Arnold, S. (2013). Montessori for dads.
  • Arnold, S. (2013). Montessori explained.
  • Arnold, S. (2013). Kaupapa of Montessori -.
  • Arnold, S. (2013). Contracts or Coercion? Contracts in the Classroom. In Hickson (Ed.), International Conference 2013: Strategic directions in Cooperative Education. Auckland.
  • Arnold, S. (2013). Boys in Education: failing NCEA.
  • Arnold, S. (2013). "Weaving" Reflections on the life of Nicky Chisnall. Provocations - School of Education.
  • Arnold, S. (2012). Why a Montessori Primary Education?. Huapai District School.
  • Arnold, S. (2012). Review of "from technicians to Teachers" by Leon Benade.
  • Arnold, S. (2012). Mindfulness and Literature. Mindfulness SIG Occasional Papers, Wisdom traditions and universities(5), 127-132.
  • Arnold, S. (2012). Education as a Mediator.