Dr Carrie Swanson

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Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6014

Email: carolyn.swanson@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

AUT School of Education,
AR Building, North Campus,
90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland 0627

Postal Address:
AUT School of Education,
Private Bag 92006,
Auckland 1142,
New Zealand


  • PhD in Education 2016 (University of Waikato)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Distinction 2010 (University of Waikato)
  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary) 2007 (University of Waikato)
  • Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science (Paramedical) 2000 (Massey University)

Memberships and Affiliations:

Teaching Areas:

  • EDCR803 Curriculum and Assessment (Technology and Science)
  • EDUC553 Education in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • EDUC551 Human Development and Learning
  • EDPT Primary Professional Inquiry into Practice II
  • EDCR512 Science
  • EDCR513 Mathematics I
  • EDCR617 Mathematics II

Research Areas:

  • Science Education
  • Drama Education
  • Integrated Curriculum

Research Summary:

Carrie's research has a dual facet – science education and drama education. It sits comfortably within an integrated curriculum. Her PhD explored the use of the dramatic inquiry approach Mantle of the Expert (Heathcote and Bolton, 1995) in science education at Years 7/8.

She examined how the approach supported student learning in general, and also specifically in terms of science concepts, the Nature of Science and identity in science.

Current Research Projects:

Currently exploring science resources that support learning.


2018 ASERA Conference
Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia
26-29 June 2018


  • Earl, K., & Swanson, C. (2017). Teaching is political: Introduction. Teachers and Curriculum, 17(1), 3-5. dx.doi.org/10.15663/tandc.v17i1.311
  • Swanson, C. (2017). Fictional others: Expanding the possible through interactions with the fictional. NJ-Drama Australia National Journal, 41(1), 14-26.dx.doi.org/10.1080/14452294.2017.1329678
  • Swanson, C. (2017). Book review: A beginner's guide to Mantle of the Expert: A transformative approach to education. Teachers and Curriculum, 17(1),dx.doi.org/10.15663/tandc.v17i1.150
  • Swanson, C. (2016). Expanding students' perceptions of scientists through the drama convention of ‘Role on the Wall'. Teachers and Curriculum, 16(1), 89-96.dx.doi.org/10.15663/tandc.v16i1.125
  • Swanson, C. (2016). Positioned as expert scientists: Learning science through mantle of the expert at years 7/8 (PhD). Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from hdl.handle.net/10289/9974
  • Swanson, C. (2015). Purpose, power, position: Border crossings between science and drama through mantle of the expert. Waikato Journal of Education: Te hautaka mātauranga o Waikato, 20(1). dx.doi:10.15663/wje.v20i1.187


  • Claude McCarthy Fellowship 2014 
  • New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women
  • Waikato Branch Merit Award for Doctoral Study 2012 -2014 
  • Peter Freyberg Memorial Fund for Curricular
  • Research in Education 2012
  • University of Waikato Doctoral Scholarship 2011 - 2013
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