Dr Matt Barker

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Senior lecturer, Stream Leader - Outdoors

Phone: 921 7147

Email: matt.barker@aut.ac.nz

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • I have served as an elected member of the white water NZ board
  • I am on the editorial Board of the New Zealand Journal of Outdoor Education
  • I have been elected onto the board of directors for the New Zealand Outdoor Instructor Association
  • I am an invited member and serve on the white water technical advisory group for the NZQA TRoQ

Teaching Areas:

  • Outdoor Education
  • Outdoor Recreation

Research Areas:

  • Teaching and learning in stressful environments
  • Technical ropework and testing

Current Research Projects:

Self-efficacy augmentation in beginner white water kayakers.


Barker M.(2013). The Outdoor classroom is not a level playing field for all. Paper presented at The 6th International Outdoor Education and Research Conference Dunedin Nov 2013.

Barker M.(2008). New techniques for safe, efficient whitewater rescue. Paper presented at The Confluence, International Outdoor Education and Recreation Conference Christchurch Jan 2008.

Barker M.(2008). New ways of doing old tricks in river rescue. Ki Waho into the outdoors Issue 2 Spring 2008.

Barker, M. (2006). Attribution theory and self-efficacy augmentation; theoretical constructs to shape outdoor educators’ best practice. Paper presented at the International Outdoor education research conference Penrith England July 2006.

Barker, M. (2006). So you think you know the ropes, white water safety and rescue. Paper presented at the 6th International Sports engineering association conference Munich Germany July 2006.

Barker M. (2006). So you think you know the ropes? White water rescue ropes and techniques. In Moritz, E. F. & Haake, S. Engineering of Sport 6, Vol 1 Developments for Sports. pp419-424. Springer, United states. ISBN 0-387-31773-2.

Barker M. (2006). The augmentation of self-efficacy in high stressed educational situations. Paper presented at NZARE conference Rotorua Dec 2006.

Barker M. (2006). The augmentation of self-efficacy in high stressed educational situations. In New Zealand Association for Research in Education, National Conference 2006 Rotorua, Conference Papers ISSN1176-4902.

Barker, M. (Ed). (2005).  'Outdoor Skills 2006'  [DVD].  Institute of Sport and Recreation Research New Zealand (Auckland University of Technology). 20th December 2005.  ISBN 0-9582708-4-8.