Dr Adrian Schoone

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Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader, BA (Education) and BA (Children and Learning)

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6137

Email: adrian.schoone@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 - University of Auckland
  • Master of Arts in Development Studies (1st Class Honours) – University of Auckland
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Education – University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Education – University of Auckland
  • Diploma of Teaching (Primary) – Auckland College of Education.

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Advisor to the Alternative Education National Body
  • Registered New Zealand teacher.

Teaching Areas:


  • EDUC511 Understanding Social Education Practice
  • EDUC512 Social Education: An inquiry approach
  • EDUC504 Places and Learning
  • EDUC712 Alternatives in Education

Research Areas:

  • Alternative and non-formal education
  • Tutor pedagogy
  • Social pedagogy
  • The arts
  • Poetry education and poetic inquiry
  • Pacific education.

Current supervisions

  • PhD - Martha McFaul, Mathematics’ metaphors in theory and practice.
  • PhD – Nabil Sabra, Developing an andragogical model to enhance and assess critical thinking in graphic design education.
  • MEd – Rainie Yu, Peer mentoring in higher education.
  • MPhil – Joshua Iosefo, If there are no doors in a fale, where do we come out of? Pasifika Queer Lineage – the sacred intergenerational space shared (in)between queer identifying family members.

Completed supervisions

  • PhD - Neil Boland, The mood of the fifth: Exploring interbeing with(in) the refrain.
  • MEd - Sharon Fernée, "The Last Tool in the Toolbox; how Activity Centres are experienced by students", (University of Auckland).

Research Summary:

Adrian's research focuses on educational opportunity and access for disenfranchised students. Through poetic inquiry methods, his PhD explored the pedagogical approaches of tutors working with youth in alternative education settings in New Zealand. He is currently exploring notions of creativity and social pedagogy as alternative education approaches. Adrian uses qualitative and arts-based research methodologies.



  • Schoone, A. (2020). Constellations of alternative education tutors: A poetic inquiry. Springer. https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030354947
  • Schoone, A. (2016). The Tutor: Transformational educators for 21st Century learners. Wellington, New Zealand: Dunmore Press.

Journal articles

Book chapters

  • Schoone, A. (2020). Re/turning the world into poetry [an alternative education  portfolio. In E. Fitzpatrick & K Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Poetry, Method and Education Research : Doing Critical, Decolonising and Political Inquiry (pp. 226-237). https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9780429202117
  • Schoone, A. (2017). The found poem as a constellation. In A. Fidyx, J. Kedrick, C. Leggo & P. Sameshima (Eds.), Poetic Inquiry III: Enchantments of Place (pp. 271-279). Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press.
  • Schoone, A. (2017) The making of Maximus: A poetic and performative experience that keeps creating. In L. Butler-Kisber, J. Yallop, M. Stewart, S. Wiebe (Eds.), Poetic Inquiries of reflection and renewal (pp. 203-213).MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc.
  • Schoone, A. (2015) Finding Maximus in fragments of playful intensity. In P. O'Connor and M. Anderson (Eds.), Applied theatre research: Radical departures (pp. 123-144). London: Bloomsbury, Methuen Drama.
  • Schoone, A. (2014) Giving voice to alternative education tutors: Critical moments on the way towards phenomenological and poetic methodology. In C. Mutch & J. Rath (Eds.), Emerging critical scholarship in education: Navigating the doctoral journey (pp. 201-213). Cambridge: Cambridge ScholarsPublishing.


  • Schoone, A. (2015). Constellations of alternative education tutor essences: A phenomenological poetic inquiry. (Doctoral thesis, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand). Retrieved from researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/
  • Schoone, A. (2008). Re-scripting life: The experiences of New Zealand-born Tongan "youth at-risk" sent to Tonga. (Masters thesis, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand). Retrieved from https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/handle/2292/19665


  • 2017: New Lecturer Excellence in Teaching award, AUT Faculty of Culture and Society
  • 2016: Innovation in Learning and Teaching award, AUT Faculty of Culture and Society
  • 2015: Vodafone New Zealand Foundation Fellowship
  • 2006: New Zealand Aid study scholarship for field-work
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