Education Papers


This community houses research from the Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato.

  • Looking for the Tikanga in technology education

    Knoef, Bernard John (University of Waikato, 2019)
    This dissertation is dedicated to understanding how it would feel to be disconnected from their own past and devalued as a race by colonialism; that is, how would it feel to be Māori in my class? This dissertation aims ...
  • Reflective practice and inquiry: Let’s talk more about inquiry

    Earl Rinehart, (Suzanne) Kerry; Ussher, William (Bill) Grant (Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, 2016)
    Reflective practice and inquiry are aspects of teacher professional practice that characterise teachers as learners. Reflective practice in some form is considered in contemporary education as an essential activity for ...
  • Sociocultural realities: exploring new horizons by Angus Macfarlane, Sonja Macfarlane and Melinda Webber [Book Review]

    McNae, Rachel Elizabeth (Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2017)
    This article reviews the book "Sociocultural realities: exploring new horizons", by Angus Macfarlane, Sonja Macfarlane and Melinda Webber
  • Assessment digital smarts: Using short text assignment formats for enhancing student learning

    Earl Rinehart, (Suzanne) Kerry (Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, 2015)
    Lecturers and course designers need to be smart about assignment design. This is particularly so when time constraints of lecturer workload and students’ other commitments impact on teaching and learning coverage of ...
  • Using biotechnology to develop values discourse in school science

    Buntting, Catherine Michelle; Jones, Alister (Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2020)
    Biotechnology, broadly defined, is the manipulation of living organisms, or parts of living organisms or systems, for specific purposes of benefit to humankind. As such, it has been practiced for centuries—from early ...
  • Self-value, belonging, and EAL migrants

    Lee, Jinah (TESOLANZ, 2017)
    Here I discuss main findings from my Ph.D. research into English as an additional language (EAL) learner identities, in the process inquiring into our practices as EAL education providers and educators.
  • Yes, spelling should be taught

    Dymock, Susan (Learning Difficulties Australia, 2019)
    There is little doubt that some students are very good spellers. I recall, in my first year of teaching, teaching a 9-year-old student whose spelling was nearly perfect. In a recent study of 7-year-old spellers we encountered ...
  • Enhancing learner agency: Engaging appreciative inquiry to support school transitions

    McNae, Rachel Elizabeth; Kirk, Natalie (New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society (NZEALS), 2018)
    There is a growing body of literature highlighting the various challenges both teachers and students face when students transition between schools, (e.g. from intermediate to high school), with very little focus given to ...
  • Employer and academic staff perceptions of science and engineering graduate competencies

    Khoo, Elaine G.L.; Zegwaard, Karsten E.; Adam, Aminath Shafiya (Taylor & Francis, 2020)
    This paper reports on the findings from a study investigating science and engineering employ- ers and university academic teaching staff perceptions of the competencies science and engineering recent graduates require in ...
  • Technology teacher education requirements

    Fox-Turnbull, Wendy Helen; Stables, Kay (Springer, 2019)
    What is the role of teacher education in preparing and supporting teachers of technology education? Before student teachers can even consider teaching technology education, they need an overarching, holistic view of the ...
  • Editorial

    Clarkin-Phillips, Jeanette; Michele, Morrison (Exeley, Inc., 2019)
    As New Zealand contemplates wholesale review of the formal schooling system and the leadership implications thereof, the winds of educational change begin to swirl. Not the persistent, yet gentle flutter of change that ...
  • Teachers as researchers

    Mills, Judith Patricia; Earl Rinehart, (Suzanne) Kerry (University of Waikato, 2019)
    Research in educational settings has often been undertaken by a third-person (a term used by Ball, 2000), who sits on the edge of the classroom, maybe moves among the students from time to time, and looks ...
  • Applying resilient rating systems for predicting continued operability of hospitals after earthquakes

    Boston, Megan; Mitrani-Reiser, Judith (2018)
    Immediately after a major earthquake, critical facilities need to remain operational, continuously providing healthcare services. Continued operability is dependent on the physical performance of healthcare facilities ...
  • The teacher as a writer

    Hollier, Candy; Carss, Wendy Diane (NZ Literacy Association, 2019)
    This article reports on a research study about the effectiveness of the ‘teacher as a writer’ modelling strategy with Year one students in a New Zealand Primary school. It provides recommendations for implementing the ...
  • Leadership in ECE: A conversation with Professor Margaret Car

    Clarkin-Phillips, Jeanette (Exeley, Inc., 2019)
    I have had the privilege of working with Margaret Carr in a variety of capacities over the past 15 years. I first encountered Margaret when I was a kindergarten teacher and studying for my Masters degree. Margaret was my ...
  • Bundle-driven move analysis: Sentence initial lexical bundles in PhD abstracts

    Li, Liang; Franken, Margaret; Wu, Shaoqun (Elsevier, 2020)
    Rhetorical moves are discoursal units that perform communicative functions in a given genre. They have been manually identified in many previous studies taking a corpus-based approach, and these studies have provided ...
  • In the mi[d]st of policy enactment: Leading innovative learning environments (ILEs) in New Zealand schools [Editorial]

    Morrison, Michele; Kedian, Jeremy (Exeley, Inc., 2017)
    Fundamental innovation in education systems is problematic, disruptive and challenging. It requires those who are steeped in existing systems and ways of being to rethink and reimagine their professional understanding and ...
  • Making multiplication meaningful: Teaching for conceptual understanding

    Mills, Judith Patricia (University of Waikato, 2019)
    The term numeracy is used widely in schools today and brings with it the expectation that students will be taught both how to do the mathematics, alongside an understanding of the concepts associated with the procedural ...
  • Making sense of leadership in early childhood education: Tensions and complexities between concepts and practices

    Klevering, Nicki; McNae, Rachel Elizabeth (Exeley, Inc., 2019)
    Effective leadership within early childhood settings is aligned with the perceived successful implementation of high quality care and education programmes (Thornton, Tamati, Clarkin-Philips, Aitken & Wansbrough, 2009). ...
  • Teacher education for an uncertain future: Implications of PISA’s global competence

    Cobb, Donella J.; Couch, Daniel (Springer, 2018)
    In 2018, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) is set to introduce an assessment of Global Competence in its Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA). This assessment lays the ...

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