Dr John Milne

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7953

Email: john.milne@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

Room AR201, School of Education, AUT, North Shore Campus, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland 0627.

Postal Address:

AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142


  • Doctor of Education — University of Auckland
  • Master of Science (Psychology) — University of Canterbury
  • Bachelor Science — Massey University
  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching – Dunedin College of Education

Memberships and Affiliations:

Teaching Areas:

  • Professional Practice of Teaching
  • Educational Psychology
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching
  • Teaching of Reading
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Masters of Teaching and Learning

Research Areas:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Meta-cognition

Research Summary:

I have focused on the metacognitive control process used by good readers in the course of developing their understanding of text. This research interest developed as a result of a career focus on the literacy of primary school age students and national and international concern relating to disparities of achievement. Earlier research had identified control over strategy use as being a major factor in this disparity.

My research is focused on identifying the behaviours of good readers as individuals, rather than as a collective, and identifying the ways in which good readers read. If we can know more about how good readers manage the complex process of developing comprehension then teachers will be more able to model successful reading and guide their students to read in ways that are known to be successful.

Because metacognitive processes are internal states, investigation of those processes required finding ways to make those internal states external and able to be recorded. My doctoral research made use of verbal protocol analysis. As a result, using the collection of verbal data as a methodology in ways that are sufficiently rigorous and also results in data that is as rich as possible has developed as a research interest.

I have a focus on combining the use of concurrent and retrospective verbal reports and the use of technology to support the collection of richer data and enabling deeper insights on cognitive processing.


  • Milne, J. (2014). The Individualistic nature of Self-Regulated Reading Comprehension: A New Approach to Understanding Good Reading. Unpublished EdD thesis, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
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