Faculty of Education and Social Work

Current and Completed Doctorates

This page lists the research topics for current and completed doctorates by staff and students in the School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice.

Doctoral Candidates

Name Email Research topic
Samuel Airy sair002@aucklanduni.ac.nz Using community education for teaching entrepreneurship as a vehicle for changing New Zealanders' economic expectations.
Mohamed Alansari m.alansari@auckland.ac.nz Predicting student success: What works with tertiary students? A psychosocial perspective.
Irene Ruth Andersen irene.andersen@auckland.ac.nz Raising Student Achievement in Writing through Effective Feedback.
Mark Barratt mbar016@aucklanduni.ac.nz To identify and analyse points of conflict between Boards of Trustees and Primary School Principals.
Beverley Booth bboo676@aucklanduni.ac.nz Development of children's metacognitive skills as part of the assessment process. Do we teach children how to be reflective learners? How effective is this?
Nalini Chand ncha023@aucklanduni.ac.nz Student-teacher relationship and its impact on student engagement in intermediate school.
Joanna Ting Wai Chu jt.chu@auckland.ac.nz Parenting program for parents of adolescents.
Matthew Courtney matty_courtney@hotmail.com Educational Experience of International Students in New Zealand: An Assessment of Tertiary Educational Quality.
Lisa Darragh l.darragh@auckland.ac.nz How do students’ experiences of mathematics education change at transition to secondary school and how does this affect their construction of a mathematics identity?
Martyn Davison mdav120@aucklanduni.ac.nz Perceptions about the teaching and learning of New Zealand history.
Daniel Dyer ddye005@aucklanduni.ac.nz Teacher acceptance of e-learning technology and ICT use and pedagogy.
Gayle Eyers geye001@aucklanduni.ac.nz How do presence teachers reconceptualise assessment theory and practice in university and school practicum settings.
Annaline Flint a.flint@auckland.ac.nz The inter-relationships between teacher psychosocial variables (teacher expectations, efficacy, motivation, goal orientation, passion, work engagement and relatedness to students), teacher characteristics (gender, ethnicity and years of teaching experience), and school context factors (socio-economic level of school and level taught).
Tenille Frank tj.frank@auckland.ac.nz Father engagement and involvement in behavioural family interventions.
Nike Franke nfra967@aucklanduni.ac.nz A randomized controlled trial evaluating the efficacy of Triple P Online with parents of preschool children with hyperactive/ inattentive behaviour difficulties.
Robyn Gibbs robyn_gibbs@xtra.co.nz School-Based Evaluation.
Glennis Goodwill ggoo004@aucklanduni.ac.nz Why people go into mentoring programmes.
Craig Hansen chan019@aucklanduni.ac.nz The transformative power of education in the creative industries.
Amanda Harper ahar030@aucklanduni.ac.nz Assessment design for learning and how this relates to effective student engagement and performance at tertiary undergraduate level.
Sarah Hart s.hart@auckland.ac.nz Cross cultural comparison of special education training for pre-service teachers.
Carolyn Haslam c.haslam@auckland.ac.nz Using Pretraining as a means of helping students in Biology learn complex information.
Sandra Hastie shastie@sksg.school.nz How does target setting and analysis of Achievement data in Literacy and numeracy affect teaching and learning for Primary School children in New Zealand?
Camilla Highfield c.highfield@auckland.ac.nz Leadership in Education.
Bo (Boram) Lee blee034@auckanduni.ac.nz The impact of two-and-single Korean parent families on the social-emotional well-being of their children.
Zheng (Tina) Li Zheng.li@auckland.ac.nz Study of Teacher's Expectation in Language Acquisition Context.
Lyn McDonald l.mcdonald@auckland.ac.nz Perceptions from student teachers on the role of the visiting lecturer in preservice education.
Gayle McIlraith g.mcilraith@auckland.ac.nz Overall Teacher Judgement: what do teachers pay attention to and use to make a judgement in relation to the specified National Standards in reading?
Vivienne Mackisack v.mackisack@auckland.ac.nz The nature of the transition from classroom teacher to associate teacher and the effects of the processes involved on the associate teacher’s work with student teachers.
Clinton Mitchell c.mitchell@auckland.ac.nz Motivation changes in medical students during two years of the pre-clinical curriculum.
Mike Moroney mmor087@aucklanduni.ac.nz Continuing professional development of in-service teachers: bridging the gap between theory and practice.
Anne O'Callaghan aoca004@aucklanduni.ac.nz Communication skills and behaviours taught to medical students compared with communication skills and behaviours used or witnessed as junior doctors.
Melanie Palmer ml.palmer@auckland.ac.nz The effectiveness of brief parenting interventions for parents with young children.

Bryan Read
brea004@aucklanduni.ac.nz Strategic Marketing in Tertiary Education.

David San Jose


d.sanjose@auckland.ac.nz (ePortfolio) assessment systems.

Jeanne Sheehan

j.sheehan@auckland.ac.nz Dispositions in Pre-Service Teacher Education.
Graham Smith gsmi078@aucklanduni.ac.nz The Uniqueness of Special Character In Christian Integrated Schools.
Sue Sutherland sue.sutherland@auckland.ac.nz Effective pedagogical relationships between students and teachers.
Betty Teo steo020@aucklanduni.ac.nz How, why, and to what extent do early childhood leaders and teachers believe that leadership training is important in the provision of quality early childhood education in Singapore?
Kay Thomas ktho055@aucklanduni.ac.nz Deprivatising Classroom Practice in Secondary Schools.
Tessa Tupai t.tupai@auckland.ac.nz First-generation university voices: Pioneering postgraduate frontiers.
Kaye Twyford k.twyford@auckland.ac.nz What's risk got to do with educational change?
Maria Van Der Kaay mvan073@aucklanduni.ac.nz Initial Teacher Education Programmes. What is the role of the associate teacher in initial primary teacher education?
Tommy Vorst tommychevorst@gmail.com TESOL Certification in Korea and its Impact on Identity.
Joanne Walker jwal026@aucklanduni.ac.nz Educational Psychology.
Mihiri Wickramasinghe mamu002@aucklanduni.ac.nz The quality and the relevance of cross-border delivery in tertiary education of Sri Lanka.
Rachel Williams rwil313@aucklanduni.ac.nz Emphasizing the Positive: A competency-based model for Health Education in New Zealand Primary Schools.

Doctoral Candidates - Completed

Name Research Topic
Bendikson, Linda Margaret The effects of principal instructional leadership on Secondary school performance
Chen, Junjun Teacher Evaluation in School Effectiveness.
Gan, Joo Seng (Mark) Formative Assessment as a dialogic process in the Science Classroom.
Hill, Andrew Enhancing the Undergraduate Clinical Experience for Medical Students.
Knight, Nicola Ann Sustaining Improved Student Outcomes and Teaching Practice
Kofoed, Wendy Jean School reporting from a school-wide perspective
Lavery, Lynn Self Regulated Learning for Academic Success: An Evaluation of Instructional Techniques
Niederer, Kate The big fish little pond effect: Self-concepts of gifted students in a part-time, gifted programme
O'Connell, Pamela June Is sustainability of educational reform an article of faith or can it be deliberately crafted?
Otunuku, Mo'ale Conceptions of schooling: Tongans in Aotearoa
Schischka, Janice Attachment theory and the adjustment to school for young children with special needs.
Schofield, Anne Teaching Early Childhood ESL.
Taylor-Patel, Cherie Colleen Student-led Conferences: An Alternative Reporting Method (To what extent are Student-led Conferences effective as a reporting method?)
Te Ava, Aue Mou Piritia Te Korero A O Tupuna: Culturally responsive pedagogy for Cook Island secondary schools physical education
Tumen, Sarah The impact of school resourcing and financial management on education attainment and achievement.
van Hees, Jannie Oral expression of five and six year olds in low socio-economic schools
Wardman, Janna Full-year Acceleration of Gifted High School Students: The Road Not Taken.
Watson, Penny Stereotype threat and adolescent males in choirs: A reflection of gender beliefs?
Zhang, Qilong Parent Involvement in ECE Among Non-English Speaking Chinese Parents in New Zealand.