Stuart Deerness

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Senior Lecturer

Email: stuart.deerness@aut.ac.nz

Qualifications:

  • PhD, The University of Auckland
  • Master of Education, The University of Auckland

Overview:

Stuart Deerness is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education in the Faculty of Culture and Society.

Stuart's previous career was as a secondary school teacher. Based on his work in schools, Stuart developed an interest in the workings of power in society and education settings as well as understanding and critiquing the inequalities that many of his students were faced with. He conducted research that investigated how teachers negotiate the complex relationship between policy mandates, local manifestations of political discourse, and their own educational values and beliefs.

Stuart’s present research builds on his concerns for the work of teachers. His main focus is to contribute to a difficult but important debate about social inequality and the future of public schooling. He does so by examining the social relationships and political structures that surround teachers, and the ways these relationships affect what they do in their professional lives.
Stuart is also interested in the areas of curriculum studies and contemporary issues in education.

Research interests:

Sociology of education
Social justice and critical approaches in education
Political, cultural and discursive structures that shape teachers' work
The social construction of school quality
Hegemony, social practice and resistance
Qualitative and ethnographic methods

Teaching summary:

Stuart primarily teaches on the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching programme. He also teaches on the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education programmes.

Curriculum Theory and Practice
Towards a Personal Philosophy of Teaching and Learning
Provocations in Educational Thinking
The Emerging Professional
Contemporary Issues in Education
Education, Social Justice and Resistance

Fields of research:

  • Education Systems
  • Education Policy
  • Sociology of Education

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

  • Deerness, S., Gibbons, A., Gilligan, M. -J., Breen, G., Denton, A., & Heraud, R. (2018). Questions concerning innovative learning environments: Intersections in disciplined resistance. In L. Benade, & M. Jackson (Eds.), Transforming education: Design and governance in global contexts (pp. 149-166). Singapore: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-5678-9_10

  • Heraud, R., Gibbons, A., Breen, G., Deerness, S., Gilligan, M. -J., & Denton, A. (2018). Politics and place: Listening to the built learning environment. Policy Futures in Education, 17(4), 474-488. doi:10.1177/1478210318777114

  • Deerness, S. (2016). Reclaiming social justice in neoliberal times. Pacific-Asian Education: Journal of the Pacific Circle Consortium for Education, 28(1). Retrieved from http://pacificcircleconsortium.org/PAEJournal.html

  • Deerness, S. (2014). Hidden practices: Reclaiming social justice in neoliberal times. (University of Auckland, Auckland).

Journal articles

  • Heraud, R., Gibbons, A., Breen, G., Deerness, S., Gilligan, M. -J., & Denton, A. (2018). Politics and place: Listening to the built learning environment. Policy Futures in Education, 17(4), 474-488. doi:10.1177/1478210318777114

  • Deerness, S. (2016). Reclaiming social justice in neoliberal times. Pacific-Asian Education: Journal of the Pacific Circle Consortium for Education, 28(1). Retrieved from http://pacificcircleconsortium.org/PAEJournal.html

Book chapters

  • Deerness, S., Gibbons, A., Gilligan, M. -J., Breen, G., Denton, A., & Heraud, R. (2018). Questions concerning innovative learning environments: Intersections in disciplined resistance. In L. Benade, & M. Jackson (Eds.), Transforming education: Design and governance in global contexts (pp. 149-166). Singapore: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-5678-9_10

  • Deerness, S. (2012). Just Habitus: Why habitus matters for socially just teaching. In M. Stephenson, I. Duhn, V. Carpenter, & Airini (Eds.), Changing Worlds: Critical voices and new knowledge in education (pp. 126-137). Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson.

Conference contributions

  • Deerness, S. (2016). Hidden practices in neoliberal times. In NZARE 2016 - The Politics of Learning: Abstracts (pp. 30-31). Wellington.

  • Deerness, S. (2013). Hidden practices: Reclaiming social justice in neoliberal times. In American Educational Research Association 2013 Annual Meeting (AERA13). San Francisco, California.

  • Deerness, S. (2012). Reclaiming social justice in neoliberal times: The hidden practices of teachers as a form of resistance. In Critical Studies in Education: A Postgraduate Student Symposium. Auckland.

  • Deerness, S. (2012). Hidden Practices: Reclaiming social justice in neoliberal times. In Joint International Conference of the Australian Association of Research in Education and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association. Sydney.

  • Deerness, S. (2011). Like a Fish in Water: Conducting a Critical Ethnography in an (Un)Familiar Context.. In Critical Studies in Education Health and Physical Education Seminar Series. Auckland.

Theses

  • Deerness, S. (2014). Hidden practices: Reclaiming social justice in neoliberal times. (University of Auckland, Auckland).

  • Deerness, S. (2008). A Little More Than Kin: A Personal Reflection on Teaching Practice. (University of Auckland, Auckland).

Oral presentations

  • Deerness, S., & Gibbons, A. (2017). Group learning in high school. Glendowie.

Working paper/discussions

  • Deerness, S. (2013). Education policy and the hidden practices of teachers.

Other outputs

  • Gibbons, A., Heraud, R., Roder, J., Deerness, S., Gilligan, M., Breen, G., & Denton, A. (2018). The politics and aesthetics of innovative learning environments. Childhood Studies Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • Deerness, S. (2018). Are your children better off going to a public or a private school?. In www.tvnz.co.nz/breakfast (Iss. March 22, 2018). TVNZ.

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