Alison Smith

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Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7363

Email: alison.smith@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

Room AR202
AUT North Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote 0627.

Qualifications:

  • Master of Educational Management, Unitec Institute of Technology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in School Management, Unitec Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Education, Waikato University
  • Diploma in Teaching, Hamilton Teachers' College.

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society
  • Australian Council of Educational Leadership.

Biography:

Alison is currently the Programme Leader of the Educational Leadership programmes at AUT, having joined AUT at the beginning of 2015 as a lecturer in these programmes. Prior to joining AUT, Alison was a Senior Lecturer and Programme leader at Unitec Institute of Technology in the educational leadership and management programmes. She has published articles in the fields of middle leadership, school image and mentoring — areas where her current interests still lie, along with those of educational leadership, leadership appraisal and student "voice".


Alison has many years of teaching and leadership experience in the primary sector, including classroom teaching, associate and tutor teacher roles, and a wealth of leadership work as a syndicate leader, deputy principal and acting principal. She is also the Director of School Leadership Coaching and Consultancy, carrying out principal and senior leader appraisals in schools.


Alison is currently working towards completing her doctorate at the University of Waikato which focuses on the participation in school decision-making of primary-school-aged children.

Teaching Areas:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Educational Leadership.

Research Areas:

  • Educational leadership
  • Middle leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Leadership appraisal
  • Student "voice".

Research Summary:

Masters' Theses in progress

  • Aljazmaty, L. The impact of middle leaders’ practices on English language learning by ESOL students new to New Zealand
  • Bissett, R. Flexible leading spaces: An exploration of school leaders' experiences of shared office spaces.
  • Hogan, A. Digital technologies and the senior Geography classroom: Teachers’ perceptions of the impact on teaching and learning.
  • McKenzie, B. Teacher appraisal in primary schools: The use of the Teaching as Inquiry process.
  • Pillay, V. Integrated curriculum and preparedness: Secondary school teachers’ expectations and experiences.
  • Sole, R. Transition experiences of first-time school principals: The internal appointment of the Deputy Principal.

Completed Masters' Theses

  • Brown, M. (2019). Educational leadership through a Pasifika lens: Navigating their way in a New Zealand secondary school context. A dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Education Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Dean, D. (2019). The work of Deans in secondary schools: Critical pastoral middle leadership for student engagement. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Delaney, S. (2019). First time female principals: perceptions of well-being. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Earl, M. (2019). The role of coaching in supporting primary school teachers’ improved practice. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Crimmins-Crocker, J. (2018). Including creativity in primary school teaching and learning programmes: Teachers' pedagogical practice and the influence of school leadership. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Cronin, B. (2018). Student agency: a case of primary school aged children. A dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Heather, M. (2018). Communicating high expectations to students: Maximising learning success in the secondary school classroom. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Laumemea, R. (2018). Engaging with Pasifila communities: Secondary school leaders’ practice. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • McKenzie, A. (2018). Raising the achievement of priority learners in primary schools. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Naidoo, P. (2018). Legal literacy: Auckland secondary school principals' knowledge of educational law. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Pond-Dunlop, V. (2018). Womens' leadership identity journeys: The influence of past student leadership experiences on the formation of leadership identity in women leaders. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Shepherd, C. (2018). Teaching and learning 21st century knowledge and skills: Making sense of the unknown. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Utting, C. (2018). Middle leadership in a composite chool in New Zealand: A complex and challenging role. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Braithwaite, D. (2017). Investigating culturally responsive practices: Perceptions and experiences of secondary school middle leaders. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Morgan, L. (2017). Investigating culturally responsive practices: Perceptions and experiences of secondary school middle leaders. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Whitham-Blackwell, N. (2017). The well-being of Year 13 girls in high-decile, high-performing, single-sex secondary schools in New Zealand. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Lal, R. (2016). Educational leadership as influence: The provision of critical teacher feedback to students. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Moodley, V. (2016). Leadership in early childhood education: The journey of Pasifika educators. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Kemp, A. (2015). Expectations and reality: Primary school principals' experiences of change leadership in the transition to digital learning environments. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership and Management, Unitec Institute of Technology.
  • O'Leary, H. (2015). Leading learning for Māori students: the challenges of leadership for teaching principals in small rural primary schools. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership and Management, Unitec Institute of Technology.
  • Phommahack, S. (2015). Professional development provision for primary school assistants: The case of one international school in Laos. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership and Management, Unitec Institute of Technology.
  • Rahiti, M. (2015). The under-representation of Pasifika women in educational leadership roles in New Zealand primary schools. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership and Management, Unitec Institute of Technology.
  • Bisset, J. (2014). The move to modern learning environments in New Zealand secondary schools: Step forward or smokescreen? A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership and Management, Unitec Institute of Technology.
  • Mauigoa, S. (2014). Improving Pasifika achievement: Pasifika teachers' expectations, experiences and perceptions of primary school leadership. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership and Management, Unitec Institute of Technology.
  • Miller, S. (2014). Investigating the perceived benefits and difficulties associated with academic mentoring for Maori students within secondary education in Aotearoa-New Zealand. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership and Management, Unitec Institute of Technology.
  • Parry, H. (2014). Student voice: Empowerment, engagement, efficacy in New Zealand schools. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership and Management, Unitec Institute of Technology.
  • Henderson, D. (2013). Professional learning support experiences of primary school teachers in their third to fifth year of teaching. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership and Management, Unitec Institute of Technology.
  • Krammer, R. (2006). Finding the balance?: Middle management and leadership in New Zealand secondary schools. A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Management, Unitec Institute of Technology.
  • Whitford, M. (2014). Performance appraisal in primary schools: Managing the integration of accountability and development. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership and Management, Unitec Institute of Technology.
  • Spence, A. (2005). Leading ICT integration: a collective responsibility. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Management, Unitec New Zealand.

Current Research Projects:

  • Children's contribution to decision-making in NZ primary schools — EdD thesis research.

Publications:

  • Smith, A. (2007). Mentoring for experienced principals: Professional learning in a safe place. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 15(3). 227-291.
  • Smith, A. (2007). ‘Adam Smith meets Walt Disney’: School image on the World Wide Web. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 39(1), 63-80.
  • Youngs, H., Cardno, C. & Smith, A., with France, C. (2007). Governance leadership in New Zealand schools: The perceptions of board chairs in relation to their role and development needs. Leading and Managing, 13(1), 49-65.
  • Smith, A. (2005). Performance standards for primary school middle managers: Conspicuous by their absence? New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, 20(2), 71-85.
  • Smith, A. (2004). "Off-campus support" in distance learning — how do our students define quality? Quality Assurance in Education, 12(1), 28-38.
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