Research expertise in education

There is a great depth and range of research expertise in the School of Education at AUT. Below you will find a short synopsis of the research interests and expertise that exists within our school.

Professor Andrew Gibbons

Andrew Gibbons.

Research expertise

  • Philosophy
  • Technology
  • Education
  • Politics

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Professor Eileen Piggot-Irvine

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Research expertise

  • Action research
  • Evaluation research
  • Leadership trust building
  • Performance appraisal

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Professor Jane Gilbert

Research expertise

  • Educational Futures
  • Equity issues in education
  • Science education
  • Complexity thinking
  • Knowledge/Network age and education
  • Sociology of education
  • Women in science
  • Education in the anthropocene

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Professor Nesta Devine

Nesta Devine.

Research expertise

  • Philosophy of education: policy studies
  • Pacific studies in education
  • Foucault, Derrida
  • Public choice (neo-liberal) theory
  • Theory and practice in pedagogy

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Associate Professor Jennie Billot

Jennie Billot.

Research expertise

  • Higher education
  • Educational leadership
  • Academic identity
  • Postgraduate education and supervision
  • Researcher development
  • Interdisciplinary research

Associate Professor Leon Benade

Head of School, Director of Postgraduate Programmes

Leon Benade.

Research expertise

  • Philosophy and theory of education
  • Policy studies and analysis (including curriculum policy and practice)
  • Teacher’s work
  • Flexible and innovative learning environments
  • Knowledge economy
  • Ethics
  • Organisation and educational leadership
  • Research theory

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Dr Adrian Schoone

Senior Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Social pedagogy
  • Alternative education provision
  • Education opportunities for disenfranchised students
  • Methodological expertise: Poetic inquiry (arts-based educational research), phenomenology

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Dr Carol Neill

Senior Lecturer

  • Aotearoa New Zealand social and political history
  • Communities' engagement with history
  • Economic and social development
  • Global citizenship education

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Dr Carrie Swanson

Senior Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Primary science
  • Dramatic inquiry (or drama-based learning)
  • Mantle of the expert
  • Integrated teaching approaches
  • Action research

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Dr Chris Jenkin

Senior Lecturer

Alison Smith.

Research expertise

  • Early childhood
  • Bicultural curriculum
  • Equity culture and diversity
  • Ethics
  • Gender
  • Appreciative inquiry
  • Action research

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Dr Daniel Couch

Senior Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Education and higher education in conflict-affected contexts
  • Globalisation and education
  • Education and international development
  • Global competence and global citizenship education
  • PISA and supranational influences on education
  • Critical realism; critical policy analysis
  • Critical cultural political economy of education
  • Strategic Relational Approach

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Dr Howard Youngs

Senior Lecturer

Howard Youngs.

Research expertise

  • Post-heroic leadership (distributed, shared, collective)
  • Process and practice perspectives of leadership
  • Critical leadership studies
  • School leadership
  • Higher education leadership
  • Organisational and team development
  • Leadership development
  • Mixed methods research design
  • Case study research
  • New Zealand and ASEAN contexts

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Dr John Milne

Senior Lecturer

John Milne.

Research expertise

  • Metacognition and self-regulation of reading
  • Narrative representations of individual reading styles
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Verbal protocol analysis

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Dr Jyoti Jhagroo

Director of Initial Teacher Education Programmes, Senior Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Phenomenological research of lived experiences
  • Mathematics education
  • Practice-based research
  • Migrant experiences

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Dr Lisa Maurice-Takerei

Senior Lecturer

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Research expertise

  • Adult education
  • Post-compulsory education and training
  • Tertiary teaching
  • Technical and vocational education and training
  • Teachers’ work
  • Trade-based tutors
  • Practitioner-based research
  • Critical theory
  • Ethnographies

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Dr Lyn Lewis

Senior Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Higher education
  • Migration and settlement
  • International education
  • Internationalising the curriculum
  • ePortfolios
  • Rich picture methodology

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Dr Lynette Reid

Senior Lecturer

Lynette Reid.

Research expertise

  • Career development and education
  • Work integrated learning in higher education
  • Indigenous and localised career development models and practices
  • Career counselling theories and models
  • The role and purpose of career for indigenous career professionals
  • Challenging traditional career theories, and dominant narratives – thinking and doing career work differently

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Dr Megan Lourie

Senior Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Sociology of education
  • Policy research and analysis
  • Knowledge economy
  • Bicultural education policy
  • Maori language learning in mainstream school settings

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Dr Neil Boland

Senior Lecturer

Neil Boland.

Research expertise

  • Arts-based practices
  • First-person research
  • Embodied spirituality in child- and adulthood
  • Steiner Waldorf education
  • Creative inquiry (pathway 3)
  • Autoethnography

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Dr Ross Bernay

Senior Lecturer

Ross Bernay.

Research expertise

  • Mindfulness for teachers
  • Stress reduction
  • Partnerships between schools and universities

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Dr Ruth Boyask

Senior Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Changing nature of public education, its policy and practice
  • Children’s reading as a public education issue
  • Systems of schooling
  • School governance
  • Knowledge mobilisation and the utilisation of educational research
  • Theoretical frameworks include public sphere theory, critical theory, policy sociology and pragmatism
  • Methodologies include case study, global ethnography, policy analysis, survey and comparative methods

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Dr Stuart Deerness

Senior Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Sociology of education
  • Social justice and critical approaches in education
  • The cultural, political and discursive structures that shape teachers' work
  • The social construction of school quality
  • Teacher education
  • Qualitative and ethnographic methods

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Dr Tafili Utumapu-McBride

Senior Lecturer

afili Utumapu-McBride

Research expertise

  • Pacific peoples’ education
  • Early childhood education
  • Pasifika pedagogy
  • Studies of Pacific peoples’ societies
  • Higher education
  • Pasifika research methodologies
  • Cross-cultural supervision

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Dr Toni Ingram

Senior Lecturer

Alison Smith.

Research expertise

  • Gender, sexualities and schooling
  • Sexuality education
  • Girlhood
  • Femininities
  • New materialisms
  • Feminist post-structuralism
  • Queer theory
  • Posthumanist research practices

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Dr Yael Cameron

Senior Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Interdisciplinary creative works research
  • Poetic inquiry
  • Critical theory (including feminist and queer theory)
  • Continental philosophy
  • Religious texts and religious education

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Dr Alastair Wells

Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Education
  • Technology
  • Pedagogy
  • Philosophy
  • Design thinking
  • Educational environments

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Dr Alison Smith

Lecturer

Alison Smith.

Research expertise

  • Educational leadership
  • Student voice and agency
  • Appraisal
  • Leadership development
  • Coaching and mentoring

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Dr Anienie Veldsman

Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Sensory processing
  • Motor development
  • Movement learning
  • Participatory action research
  • Teachers’ professional development
  • Inclusive education
  • Play-based learning
  • Social Inclusion in classrooms

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Celeste Harrington

Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Early childhood education
  • Early literacy
  • Reading aloud
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Initial teacher education
  • Mentoring

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Dr Eunice Gaerlan Price

Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Girlhood studies
  • Gifted and talented education
  • Gifted and talented girls
  • Social media
  • Feminism
  • Critical media literacy
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Fiction-based research
  • Collective story methodology

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Dr Jayne Jackson

Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Participatory action research
  • Qualitative survey
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Situated literacy
  • Social inclusion in classrooms
  • Quilt making and quilt makers

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Jo Pascoe

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Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Posthuman philosophy
  • Education
  • Theatre, film, literature
  • Creative writing
  • Arts-based research practice
  • Walking methodology

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Martha McFaul

Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Mathematics education
  • Mathematical reasoning, curriculum and pedagogy
  • Initial teacher education

Pamela Perger

Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Mathematics education at early childhood, primary and ITE levels
  • Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
  • Self regulation in learning in primary school students
  • Children’s literature in supporting learning across the curriculum

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Dr Parisa Tadi

Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Early childhood education
  • Parent participation
  • Diversity in education
  • Immigrants and refugee studies
  • Initial teacher education
  • Methodologies: mixed methods research design, survey and comparative study, practice-based research

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Dr Rebecca L. Hopkins

Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Philosophy of education
  • Early childhood education
  • Childhood studies
  • Visual research methods
  • Lens-based practice
  • Wellbeing

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Dr Meg Jacobs

Lecturer

Research expertise

  • Early childhood literacies;
  • Culturally sustaining pedagogies;
  • Family pedagogies;
  • Politics of early literacy;
  • Research methods from qualitative traditions of ethnography,
  • Narrative inquiry,
  • Portraiture,
  • Critical participatory action research

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