Faculty of Education and Social Work


Woolf Fisher Research Centre

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All the people, all voices, all of those from the four winds. From Te Rerenga Wairua to Stewart Island in the South… greetings, greetings, greetings to you all!

 

Established in 1998 with funds from the Woolf Fisher Trust, the Woolf Fisher Research Centre is an internationally recognised research centre for the development of education and schooling success for diverse communities within New Zealand, with a particular focus on Māori and Pasifika communities.

The Centre has spent 12 years developing a model to raise and extend student achievement, working in more than 50 schools and with more than 10,000 children.

It has successfully raised literacy levels in urban decile 1 schools to within the national average, and has improved results in a range of other schools including rural and small town schools. It is recognised as one of New Zealand’s most successful projects to improve educational results for Māori, Pacific and children from low socioeconomic communities.

In addition to promoting research-based educational interventions, the centre provides a vehicle for research expertise for local communities, contributes to developing teacher education programmes which are responsive to local needs and goals, promotes tertiary education pathways and contributes to research at the The University of Auckland.

 

Vision

An internationally recognised research centre for the development of education and schooling success for diverse communities, within New Zealand including a particular focus on Māori and Pasifika communities.

 

Mission

We aim to continue building a world class research facility at the University of Auckland with recognized capability and achievements in research to positively affect schooling success for diverse communities.

The team


Woolf Fisher Lead Teacher Masters Scholarships


School-based research still making a difference

Now in its final year, The Woolf Fisher Lead Teacher Masters Scholarships provide teachers with the opportunity to conduct research at masters level in their schools. Teachers learn how to use evidence from their schools to design more effective teaching programmes and drive change within their schools, which will have major benefits for their students and future students. Last year, four teachers were selected for the scholarship and, in this video, provide an insight into their research and how it has impacted students, the school and the wider community.

Professor Stuart McNaughton - Scholarship introduction

In 2010, the Woolf Fisher Trust and The University of Auckland launched a $1.25 million scholarship fund to enable teachers in Auckland and Northland to undertake school-based research aimed at improving student achievement.

The purpose of the Scholarships is to enable outstanding teachers from Auckland and Northland schools to be released from school duties to undertake a research masters degree involving training at the Woolf Fisher Research Centre in school-based research and development methods.

To find out more about how you can apply for a Woolf Fisher Lead Teacher Masters Scholarship, visit the scholarships website.

Woolf Fisher Lead Teacher Masters Scholarship 2013 recipient Catherine Biggs

Catherine Biggs of Churchill Park School investigated Professional Learning Communities and the properties of effective collaborative inquiry in a primary school setting.

Woolf Fisher Lead Teacher Masters Scholarship 2013 recipient Jonathan Ramsay

Jonathan Ramsey of Oranga Primary School investigated how a Teacher Learning Community impacts teachers' practice as they learned about formative assessment practice.

Woolf Fisher Lead Teacher Masters Scholarship 2013 recipient Sue Smith

Sue Smith of Chelsea Primary School focused on investigating Year 5 students' perceptions of a particular type of assessment results using the e-asTTle tool. Sue established two positive links through analysis of questionnaire and interview data.

Woolf Fisher Lead Teacher Masters Scholarship 2013 recipient Aven Saleh

Aven Saleh of Randwick Park School profiled numeracy achievement in years 1 to 8 to identify patterns of underachievement. The reseach involved in-depth cross-sectional examination and analysis of student achievement data over a period of three consecutive years.  

Woolf Fisher Lead Teacher Masters Scholarship 2012 recipients

  • Caroline Chawke, Papatoetoe South School
  • Heather Hardy, Whau Valley School
  • Jacqueline Tutavake, Henderson South School
  • Lynne Savage, Tangaroa College


Woolf Fisher Lead Teacher Masters Scholar reflects a year on
Kim Henry of Northcross Intermediate was one of the first four recipients in 2011 to receive a Woolf Fisher Lead Teacher Masters Scholarship funded by the Woolf Fisher Trust.

In this video, Kim reflects on her experience one year after completing her Masters where she investigated knowledge management within effective teaching teams.

Kim discusses the ongoing significance of the Lead Teacher role in her school to help understand their educational issues and to collectively solve these with her fellow teachers in order to improve student achievement.

Read about Kim's research (666KB PDF)
 

Woolf Fisher Lead Teacher Masters Scholarship 2011 recipients

The inaugural Woolf Fisher Lead Teacher Masters Scholarship recipients who have successfully completed their masters research are:

  • Patricia Holster, Clayton Park School
  • Kim Henry, Northcross Intermediate
  • Jan Rogers, Kaikohe East School
  • Rochelle Telfer, Tikipunga High School

Read about their research (666KB PDF)

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Location


Faculty of Education and Social Work
The University of Auckland
W Block, Gate 5, 52 Epsom Avenue, Epsom (View map)

Postal address

Woolf Fisher Research Centre
Faculty of Education and Social Work
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92601
Symonds Street
Auckland 1150
New Zealand

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