Dr Sue Sutherland

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Senior Lecturer, Associate Head of School (South)

Phone: +64 9 9219999 ext 7902

Email: sue.sutherland@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
  • Room AR411, School of Education, AUT North Shore Campus,
  • Room ME101, School of education, AUT South Campus
    640 Great South Road, Manukau, Auckland.

Research Areas:

  • Pre-service teachers' perceptions of social justice employing an adaptive expertise framework
  • The extent to which multidimensional elements of induction and mentoring are perceived to be practiced in schools.
  • Educational planning and the voices of adolescent priority learners in their self-management of learning, achievement and generation of plans for their futures.

Current Research Projects:

Dr Sue Sutherland's current research examines the development of professional identities of pre-service teachers from two Masters of Teaching programmes which have particular emphasis on learning to work with priority learners.

The study investigates considerable variations in the development of the socially just teacher drawing on an adaptive expertise framework for conceptualising effective teaching. Notions of situating professional knowledge, practice and sense of self as a teacher within wider professional, social, political, economic and cultural contexts are examined.


  • Keynote: Aotearoa Youth Declaration Conference "What's worth fighting for in Education?" April 2018
  • 8th International Conference on Education and Social Justice October 2018
  • New Zealand Association of Research in Education (NZARE) November 2018.


  • Sutherland, J.S.,Personal Educational Planning at Secondary School Vision and Voice.(2015)Unpublished Doctoral Thesis, University of Auckland. http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26618

Current articles in process

  • Langdon, F.& Sutherland S., Shining a light on Induction and mentoring.Perceptions of context and and practice from multiple perspectives. Professional Development in Education (in process).
  • Sutherland, S.& Tatebe, J. It's policy, but what do they really think? Preservice teachers' professional identities in a social justice program.JET (in progress)
  • Sutherland, S. Priority learners speak about their personal education planning at secondary school. Australian Educational researcher(in progess)

Early Refereed Journal Articles

  • Hawk, K., Tumama Cowley, E., Hill, J., & Sutherland, S. (2010). The Importance of the teacher/student relationship for Maori and Pasifika students. SET:Research Information for Teachers,Reprints 2010 Maori Education.
  • Carpenter,V.M.,& Sutherland, S. (2005) The Contextual and the Cognitive: A Trial first practicum in secondary teacher education. ACE Papers, Issue 15 March 2005, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland.
  • Carpenter, V., McMurchy-Pilkington, C., & Sutherland, S. (2004).Kaiako-toa: Monograph,University of Auckland Monograph/Research Report Series(October).
  • Sutherland, S. (2004) Art Rooms: Sites of Empowerment and Success. In Adams P. & J.ONeill (Eds) New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, Massey University (1)
  • Sutherland, S. (2003) Learning from Art Teachers in Low
    Decile Schools. English in Aotearoa No 51, December
  • Carpenter, V., McMurchy-Pilkington, C., & Sutherland, S. (2002). Highly successful teachers in low decile schools. SET:Research Information for Teachers, 1(2002).
  • Hawk, K., Tumama Cowley, E., Hill, J., & Sutherland, S. (2002). The Importance of the teacher/student relationship for Maori and Pasifika students. SET:Research Information for Teachers, 3(2002).

Sections in books

  • Sutherland, S., Jesson, J., & Peters, H. (2001). Tension and Compromise in New Zealand Education. In V. Carpenter, H. Dixon, E. Rata & C. Rawlinson (Eds.), Theory in Practice for Educators (pp. 71-88). Palmerston North: Dunmore Press.

Technical reports

  • McKinley, E., Van Der Merwe, A., & Sutherland, S. (2009) Evaluation of an Academic Counselling and Target Setting Intervention at New Zealand High School. The University of Auckland Starpath Project. www.starpath.ac.nz
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