Our people


Professor Elizabeth Rata was an English teacher and member of the Auckland Runanga which campaigned for Kura Kaupapa Māori education. Her research is in two main areas: the connection between knowledge and democracy, and how a knowledge-rich curriculum is aligned with the best teaching methods from New Zealand’s progressive tradition.


Rata, E. (2017). Knowledge and Teaching, British Educational Research Journal. 43(5), 1003-1017

Dr Megan Lourie

Dr Megan Lourie is a senior lecturer and Programme Leader for the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching in the School of Education at AUT.  She has a background in secondary school teaching where she worked in a number of different roles including Head of Department (Māori) and Head of Languages. Her research is informed by policy sociology approaches, and her areas of interest include education policy, and Māori language learning in mainstream school settings.


McPhail, G. & Lourie, M. (2017). Getting real: Is realism a blind spot in research methodology? New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. doi: 10.1007/s40841-017-0087-y


Dr Graham McPhail was a secondary school music teacher for 21 years and then he worked for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) as the National Moderator for NCEA music. Currently he is Senior Lecturer in Music Education at the Faculty of Education and Social work. His current research is focused on knowledge in curriculum and pedagogy design.


McPhail, G. (2016). The fault lines of recontextualisation: the limits of constructivism in education. British Journal of Educational Research, 42(2), 294–313.


Professor John Morgan is in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education and Social Work. His academic career developed out of his 10-year experience of teaching Geography in London schools and colleges. He subsequently trained beginning geography teachers, and continues to explore his interest in the history and politics of school geography teaching political along with research into the economies of education and educational futures.  


Morgan, J. W. (2017). Teaching geography for sustainability. In M. Jones (Ed.) The handbook of secondary geography (pp. 92-105). Sheffield: Geographical Association.


Barbara Ormond is Senior Lecturer in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education and Social Work. She taught for 18 years as a secondary teacher of history, art history, classical studies, social studies and dance and has held lead roles as a national moderator, examiner and writer of the achievement standards for the NCEA for art history. She has researched and written on curricula and assessment matters in relation to her subject areas with a particular interest in the place of knowledge in history education. Using an interdisciplinary approach which draws upon both art historical and historical methodologies, Barbara has also published on pedagogies for teaching students how to interpret visual evidence.


Ormond, B.M. (2017). Curriculum decisions - the challenges of teacher autonomy over knowledge selection for history. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 49:5, 599-619. 


Alexis Siteine is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Critical Studies in Education, Faculty of Education and Social Work. Her current research focuses on the way in which economic and sociopolitical movements have influenced educational policy, curriculum knowledge and ethnic identity. Alexis’s research is informed by over 20 years of teaching in New Zealand primary schools.


Siteine, A. (2017). Recognising ethnic identity in the classroom: A New Zealand study. International Studies in Sociology of Education26(4), 393-407.


Dr Tauwehe Sophie Tamati is the creator of TransAcquisition Pedagogy. This highly successful teaching approach uses pedagogical procedures for cross-linguistic transfer to bring the bilingual student’s two languages into productive contact with each other for improved reading comprehension in both languages.TransAcquisition contributes to bilingual education with the potential to radically realign pedagogical approaches currently in place for emergent bilinguals in migrant and minority groups around the world.


Tamati, S. T. (2011). The trans-acquisitional approach: A bridge to English in kura kaupapa Māori. Pacific-Asian Education23(1), 91–102.

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