Dr Ruth Boyask

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Senior Lecturer

Email: ruth.boyask@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6596-4888

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Qualifications:

  • PhD, University of Canterbury
  • Master of Education with Distinction, University of Canterbury
  • Diploma of Teaching, Christchurch College of Education
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury

Overview:

During my 21-year career I have worked in five universities in three countries, which has been very intellectually rewarding and heightened my appreciation of the highly cultural nature of education. I am fortunate to have worked with many very experienced educational researchers from Britain, Australia, and North America who are also committed to social justice. From early 2017 I was granted the opportunity at AUT to use what I have learnt in the role of Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Education, postgraduate teacher and supervisor, and increasingly make a significant contribution to educational research in New Zealand as well as elsewhere. My contribution to AUT continues to develop and in 2019 I taught for the first time two new postgraduate papers that represent my original contribution to research-informed teaching (one on policy and leadership and the other on research design), wrote an important monograph (published July 2020) and won a substantial competitive contract for research on participation in reading with respected partner National Library of New Zealand. For the reading research I work with a project team of seven AUT researchers on three projects. Public education and associated principles of participation, equality and social justice are fundamental in all elements of my work.

Research interests:

Public education presently is challenged by the legacy of over 30 years of neoliberal policy and more recent fundamentalisms and populisms. This context confuses and confounds common sense understandings of public education, and we need a much more nuanced understanding of what is in the public interest, how the public is constituted and how we might define public education. My recent research is an innovative project to reconceptualise public education. This was consolidated in a monograph that draws on research from throughout my career and was recently published by respected academic publisher Bloomsbury, entitled 'Pluralist Publics in Market Driven Education: Towards More Democracy in Educational Reform' (Boyask, 2020).

My recent book was built on a solid history of empirical research in many different educational contexts (see research reports in my publications), social and political theorising in the areas of public sphere, social justice, and democratic theory and participation in activity such as local and transnational debates about education policy, research and practice (Boyask, 2012; Boyask & Vigurs, 2018). My work is significant to the fields of education policy, educational leadership, school reform and research methodology.

Teaching summary:

Education policy, governance and leadership
Educational leadership
Research design

Fields of research:

  • Education Systems
  • Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
  • Economics of Education
  • Education Policy
  • Sociology of Education

Professional activities:

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • Member of AUT Programme Academic Review Committee (PARC), AUT School of Education (2019 - ongoing)
  • Elected member of Council, British Educational Research Association (2018 - 2021)

    Facilitation, networking and collaboration

    • BERA Education Research in the UK working party member, British Educational Research Association (2019 - ongoing)
    • Conference committee member, New Zealand Association for Educational Research (NZARE) (2018)

        Outreach and engagement

        • Expert consulted for an in-depth news article on Private Schooling in NZ (2020)

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

  • Boyask, R. (2020). Pluralist publics in market driven education: Towards more democracy in educational reform. Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved from https://www.bloomsbury.com/

  • Boyask, R. U. (2019). Educating publics in the greater community. Forum, 61(3), 307-317. doi:10.15730/forum.2019.61.3.307

  • Boyask, R. (2018). Primary school autonomy in the context of the expanding academies programme. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 46(1). doi:10.1177/1741143216670649

  • Boyask, R., & Vigurs, K. (2018). Developing a methodology for public engagement with critical research. Policy Futures in Education, 16(2). doi:10.1177/1478210317739521

  • British Educational Research Association., Hennessy, S., Boyask, R., Fox, A., Lundie, D., Leask, M., . . . Pennachia, J. (2018). Ethical guidelines for educational research. (Vol. Fourth edition (2018)). British Educational Research Association (BERA). Retrieved from https://www.bera.ac.uk/

  • BERA Social Justice SIG., BERA Race, Ethnicity and Education SIG., BERA Sexualities SIG., BERA Inclusive Education SIG., BERA Youth Studies and Informal Education SIG., & BERA Practitioner Research SIG. (2015). Fair and equal education: An evidence-based policy manifesto that respects children and young people. BERA.

  • Boyask, R. (2015). Nuanced understandings of privatization in local authorities’ services to schools. Management in Education, 29(1). doi:10.1177/0892020614559761

  • Boyask, R. (2015). The public good in English private school governance. European Educational Research Journal, 14(6), 566-581. doi:10.1177/1474904115614010

  • Boyask, R. (2015). The public good in English private school governance. European Educational Research Journal, 14(6). doi:10.1177/1474904115614010

  • Boyask, R. A. (2012). Sociology of education: Advancing relations between qualitative methodology and social theory. In S. Delamont (Ed.), Handbook of qualitative research in education (pp. 21-32). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9781849807296

Books

  • Boyask, R. (2020). Pluralist publics in market driven education: Towards more democracy in educational reform. Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved from https://www.bloomsbury.com/

  • Boyask, R., Quinlivan, K., & Kaur, B. (2009). Educational Enactments in a Globalised World: Intercultural Conversations.

Journal articles

  • Boyask, R. U. (2019). Educating publics in the greater community. Forum, 61(3), 307-317. doi:10.15730/forum.2019.61.3.307

  • Boyask, R. (2018). Primary school autonomy in the context of the expanding academies programme. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 46(1). doi:10.1177/1741143216670649

  • Boyask, R., & Vigurs, K. (2018). Developing a methodology for public engagement with critical research. Policy Futures in Education, 16(2). doi:10.1177/1478210317739521

  • Boyask, R. (2015). Nuanced understandings of privatization in local authorities’ services to schools. Management in Education, 29(1). doi:10.1177/0892020614559761

  • Pratt, N., Tedder, M., Boyask, R., & Kelly, P. (2015). Pedagogic relations and professional change: A sociocultural analysis of students' learning in a professional doctorate. Studies in Higher Education, 40(1). doi:10.1080/03075079.2013.818640

  • Boyask, R. (2015). The public good in English private school governance. European Educational Research Journal, 14(6), 566-581. doi:10.1177/1474904115614010

  • Boyask, R. (2015). The public good in English private school governance. European Educational Research Journal, 14(6). doi:10.1177/1474904115614010

  • Boyask, R., Rees, T., Gristy, C., & Knowler, H. (2014). Implications of localism in educational policy on the aspirations of young people in Cornwall. Social and Public Policy Review, 8(2).

  • Pratt, N., Tedder, M., Boyask, R. A., & Kelly, P. (2013). Pedagogic relations and professional change: a sociocultural analysis of students' learning in a professional doctorate. Studies in Higher Education. doi:10.1080/03075079.2013.818640

  • Boyask, R., Donkin, A., Waite, S., & Lawson, H. (2013). Autonomy and governance in local authority provision for children and young people. Policy Futures in Education, 11(4). doi:10.2304/pfie.2013.11.4.375

  • Lawson, H., Boyask, R., & Waite, S. (2013). Construction of difference and diversity within policy and practice in England. Cambridge Journal of Education, 43(1). doi:10.1080/0305764X.2012.749216

  • Boyask, R. (2013). Theorising the democratic potential of privatised schools through the case of free schools. ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies, 32(1 & 2).

  • Waite, S., Boyask, R., & Lawson, H. (2010). Aligning person-centred methods and young people’s conceptualizations of diversity. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 33(1).

  • Boyask, R., McPhail, J. C., Kaur, B., & O'Connell, K. (2008). Democracy at work in and through experimental schooling. Discourse, 29(1).

  • Quinlivan, K., Boyask, R., & Carswell, S. (2008). Dynamics of power and participation in school/university partnerships. New Zealand Journal of Education Studies, 43(1).

  • Boyask, R. (2008). Who is a good learner?. Literacy Today, (54).

  • Rees, G., Baron, S., Boyask, R., & Taylor, C. (2007). Research-capacity building, professional learning and the social practices of educational research. British Educational Research Journal, 33(5).

  • Boyask, R. (2006). Embodied pedagogy: Examples of Moral Practice from Art Education. Access: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies, 25(2).

  • Boyask, R. (2005). The constitution of democratic identities in the context of New Zealand art curriculum. Welsh Journal of Education, 13(2).

  • Boyask, R. (2004). A summary of 'Quality in Qualitative Evaluation: A framework for assessing research evidence'. Building Research Capacity, 1(8). Retrieved from http://www.tlrp.org/rcbn/capacity/Journal/issue8.pdf

  • Boyask, R., MacDonald, M., & McPhail, J. (2004). The Discovery 1 Photography Group. ANZAAE, 14(1).

  • Boyask, D., Boyask, R., & Wilkinson, T. (2004). Pathways to “Involved Professionalism”: making processes of professional acculturation intentional and transparent. Medical Education Online, 1(9). Retrieved from http://med-ed-online.net/index.php/meo/article/view/4367

  • Boyask, R. (1999). The New Zealand Curriculum Framework and its Reform of Art Education. Delta, 2(51).

Book chapters

  • Boyask, R. (2019). Educating publics. In E. Johnson (Ed.), Public knowledge: Radical futures (pp. 84-94). Christchurch, New Zealand: Freerange Press. Retrieved from https://shop.projectfreerange.com/item/public-knowledge

  • Boyask, R., Donkin, A., Waite, S., & Lawson, H. (2013). Partnership research about “difference”: Co-constructing local educational policy. In M. Koegeler-Abdi, & R. Parncutt (Eds.), Interculturality: Practice meets research (pp. 14-30). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Boyask, R. A. (2012). Sociology of education: Advancing relations between qualitative methodology and social theory. In S. Delamont (Ed.), Handbook of qualitative research in education (pp. 21-32). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9781849807296

  • Boyask, R. (2010). Diversity and Learning in New Zealand Schooling. In M. Thrupp, & R. Irwin (Eds.), Another decade of New Zealand education policy: Where to now? (pp. 21-34). Hamilton, New Zealand: Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research.

  • Boyask, R., Carter, R., Lawson, H., & Waite, S. J. (2009). Changing Concepts of Diversity: Relationships between Policy and Identity in English Schools. In K. Quinlivan, B. Kaur, & R. Boyask (Eds.), Educational Enactments in a Globalised World: Intercultural Conversations. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. Retrieved from https://www.sensepublishers.com/

  • Boyask, R. (2004). Rubbing out the bodies of the artist, the teacher and the student - The Visual Arts in the New Zealand Curriculum. In J. Clark, A. M. O'Neill, & R. Openshaw (Eds.), Reshaping culture, knowledge and learning? Policy and Content in the New Zealand Curriculum Framework. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press.

Conference contributions

  • Boyask, R. (2016). Social Justice and Evidence-Based Education Policy. In J. Delaney (Ed.), 2016 AERA: A Difference-in-Difference Analysis of “Promise” Financial Aid Programs and Postsecondary Institutions. Washington DC. Retrieved from https://www.aera.net/

  • Boyask, R., Vigurs, K., Todd, L., Quinn, J., Lupton, R., Apple, M., & Lubienski, C. (2015). How can education policy respect children and young people? British social justice researchers seek new ways to inform public debate. In Aera Annual Meeting Program. Chicago. Retrieved from https://www.aera.net/

  • Boyask, R. (2014). Emerging models of service relationships with schools. In Local Authorities and New Landscapes of Schooling Meeting of the Structural Reform RIG. Birmingham. Retrieved from https://www.belmas.org.uk/Rig-SR/Latest/update-17th-september-rig-meeting

  • Boyask, R. (2014). Conditional equality in privatised schooling: Is there a public good in the private sector?. In ECER Conference Abstracts. Porto. Retrieved from https://eera-ecer.de/ecer-programmes/conference/19/contribution/32636/

  • Boyask, R. (2012). What Can the General Learn From the Specific? Finding Significance in Qualitative Research for Policy. In AERA Online Paper Repository. Vancouver. Retrieved from https://www.aera.net/

  • Boyask, R., Donkin, A., Lawson, H., & Waite, S. (2011). Autonomy and governance in local authority provision for children and young people. In Discourse, Power, Resistance. Plymouth.

  • Boyask, R., Tedder, M., Pratt, N., & Kelly, P. (2011). Questioning our good intentions: Using research and theory to interrogate professional doctoral pedagogy. In Discourse, Power and Resistance in Education Conference 2011. Plymouth: University of Plymouth. Retrieved from https://rikowski.wordpress.com/

  • Gristy, C., Boyask, R., Smith, H., & McKay, A. (2010). Coherency, flexibility and connectedness in work-based learning: an action research study to evaluate, develop and disseminate innovations designed to enhance students’ work-based learning.. In SHRE Conference Programme. Newport. Retrieved from https://www.srhe.ac.uk/conference2010/abstracts/0025.pdf

  • Boyask, R. (2010). Individuality, equity and free schooling in the 21st century. In International Sociology of Education Conference. London.

  • Boyask, R., Donkin, A., Lawson, H., & Waite, S. (2010). Researching difference to inform local policy: Outcomes from a partnership project. In Proceedings of cAIR10, the first Conference on Applied Interculturality Research. Graz. Retrieved from http://www.parncutt.org/cAIR10/text/procs/Boyask_cAIR10.pdf

  • Boyask, R. A., Donkin, A., Lawson, H., & Waite, S. (2010). Researching diversity for policy: Outcomes from a partnership project. In Proceedings of cAIR10. .

  • Boyask, R., Knowler, H., Gristy, C., Murphy, M., & Rees, T. (2009). The role of schooling in furthering the aspirations of and for young people in local communities: Understanding contexts for educational change. In British Educational Research Association Annual Conference. Manchester. Retrieved from http://www.beraconference.co.uk/

  • Boyask, R., & Quinlivan, K. (2008). Professional identity and performance within turbulent school cultures. In ECER Conference Abstracts. Gothenburg. Retrieved from https://eera-ecer.de/ecer-programmes/conference/1/contribution/948/

  • Boyask, R., Carter, R., Lawson, H., & Waite, S. (2008). Conceptualisations of diversity: policy to practice. In ECER 2008. Gothenburg.

  • Waite, S., Boyask, R., Carter, R., & Lawson, H. (2008). Concepts of diversity in the UK: person-centred methodological approaches to tracking identity formation within education. In Children’s Identity and Citizenship Europe (CICE) conference. .

  • Boyask, R. (2007). Searching for Equity and Social Justice: Diverse Learners in Aotearoa, New Zealand. In American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago. Retrieved from https://www.aera.net/

  • Quinlivan, K., Boyask, R., & Carswell, S. (2006). Dynamics of power and participation in transforming the knowledge and practice of schooling. In NZARE Conference. Rotorua.

  • Boyask, R. (2006). Intercultural dialogue on the discourse of hope: Interrogating the politics of schooling. In NZARE Conference. Rotorua.

  • Quinlivan, K., Boyask, R., & Carswell, S. (2006). Dynamics of Power and Participation in Transforming the Knowledge and Practice of Schooling. In Abstracts. Geneve. Retrieved from https://eera-ecer.de/ecer-programmes/conference/17/contribution/29482/

  • Boyask, R. (2006). Intercultural dialogue on the discourse of hope: Interrogating the politics of schooling. In AERA Annual Meeting. San Francisco.

  • Boyask, R. A., Rees, G., & Taylor, C. (2004). Professional learning in the educational research community: Initial reflections on the experience of the TLRP Research-Capacity Building Network. In Teaching and Learning Research Programme: Annual Conference Papers. . Retrieved from http://www.tlrp.org/dspace/retrieve/276/RCBN+full+paper.doc

Edited books/volumes

Reports

  • Boyask, R., & Norrish, S. (2015). Participatory Learning and Young Explainers. Retrieved from https://www.academia.edu/25372076/Participatory_Learning_and_Young_Explainers

  • Boyask, R. A. (2014). New relations between local authorities and schools. Plymouth: Plymouth University. Retrieved from https://www.academia.edu/

  • Boyask, R. (2013). New purposes for schooling through curriculum change.

  • Boyask, R. A., Lawson, H., Waite, S., & Donkin, A. (2009). The Diversity Project: Summary Report on Findings: Focus Group Evening.

  • Boyask, R. A. (2007). BESQT Pedagogy Project Toolkit Trial Evaluation Report: Phase One and Two. Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • Boyask, R. A., Quinlivan, K., & Goulter, M. (2007). Write-on! Investigations into the relationships between teacher learning and student achievement through writing: Final Report Prepared for TLRI: Teaching and Learning Research Initiative. Retrieved from http://www.tlri.org.nz/pdfs/9240_finalreport.pdf

  • Boyask, R. A., & et al. (1999). ANZAAE response to The Arts in the New Zealand Curriculum: Draft. Christchurch.

Other outputs

  • Boyask, R. (2020). The Conversation: We need public value from Govt funding of Green School. In The New Zealand Herald. NZME. Publishing Limited. Retrieved from https://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=12361943

  • Boyask, R. (2020). We need public value from govt funding of the private Green School New Zealand. In The Conversation: Academic rigour, journalistic flair. The Conversation Media Group Ltd. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/

  • Boyask, R. (2020). We need public value from Government funding of the Green School. In stuff.co.nz. Stuff Limited. Retrieved from https://www.stuff.co.nz/

  • Boyask, R. (2018). How to tackle NZ’s teacher shortage and better reflect student diversity. In The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/

  • British Educational Research Association., Hennessy, S., Boyask, R., Fox, A., Lundie, D., Leask, M., . . . Pennachia, J. (2018). Ethical guidelines for educational research. (Vol. Fourth edition (2018)). British Educational Research Association (BERA). Retrieved from https://www.bera.ac.uk/

  • Boyask, R. (2016). Localism in education: A reflection on the EU referendum. In BERA Blog. Retrieved from https://www.bera.ac.uk/

  • Boyask, R. (2015). Desiring the idea of the university. In University of Venus Blog. Retrieved from https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/university-venus/desiring-idea-university

  • Boyask, R. (2015). In the age of inequality, we must rethink the education status quo. In The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/

  • BERA Social Justice SIG., BERA Race, Ethnicity and Education SIG., BERA Sexualities SIG., BERA Inclusive Education SIG., BERA Youth Studies and Informal Education SIG., & BERA Practitioner Research SIG. (2015). Fair and equal education: An evidence-based policy manifesto that respects children and young people. BERA.

  • Boyask, R. (2014). Respecting children - A global issue. In Research Intelligence (Vol. 125, pp. 9).

  • Boyask, R. (2014). Social Justice and Evidence-Based Education. In Respecting Children and Young People Blog. Retrieved from https://berarespectingchildren.wordpress.com/

  • Harris, S., Crozier, G., Wexler, P., Barton, L., Apple, M., Arnot, M., . . . Young, M. (2010). International studies in sociology of education. In International Studies in Sociology of Education (Vol. 20, Iss. 4). doi:10.1080/09620214.2010.534296

  • Boyask, R., Kaur, B., McPhail, J., Quinlivan, K., Gitlin, A., & Khyatt, D. (2006). Engaging in intercultural conversations on participation, diversity and social justice in schooling. In Input.

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