Faculty of Education and Social Work

Our directors

Dr Deidre Le Fevre


Dr Deidre Le Fevre is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice at The University of Auckland.

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Dr Sandy Farquhar


Dr Sandy Farquhar is a Senior Lecturer in teacher education at The University of Auckland. She is a member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia and Associate Editor of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Her book Ricoeur, Identity and Early Childhood (2010) develops a series of narratives about the way in which young children’s identity is played out in policy and curriculum documents. Her current research on early childhood wellbeing draws on international contexts to examine child and teacher narratives about their own well-being. Other publications include ‘Lost in Translation: The Power of Language’ (2011) and ‘Narrative Identity and Early Childhood Education’ (2012), both journal articles exploring various aspects of narrative and metaphor as integral to understanding ourselves and each other.

  • Farquhar, S. (2012, in press). ‘Wellbeing and narrative identity.’ Early Childhood Folio.
  • Farquhar, S. (2012). ‘Narrative identity and early childhood education.’ Educational Philosophy and Theory, 44(3), 289-301.
  • Farquhar, S. & Fitzsimons, P. (2011).’ Lost in translation: the power of language.’ Educational Philosophy and Theory, 43(6).
  • Farquhar, S. (2010). Ricoeur, Identity and Early Childhood. MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

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Esther Fitzpatrick

(Finance and events)

Esther Fitzpatrick is a Lecturer in teacher education at The University of Auckland. Her Master’s thesis, completed in 2011, used an innovative narrative methodology to gather the ‘small stories’ of children through a drama experience. The thesis focused on listening to children’s stories to understand the construction of a Pākehā identity. Her current research explores how Pākehā educators’ understandings of being Pākehā influence their practice. She is using three layers of ethnography to explore her question. Firstly, an autoethnographic study using art/o/graphy to provide a critical lens. Secondly, a duoethnography will be conducted with different participants to disrupt the autoethnographic story. Lastly, performance ethnography will be written and performed in order to present the data and provoke further data generation. Esther’s interest is in the different stories and metaphors we use to make sense of our identity. 

  • Fitzpatrick, E. (2011) ‘How to get along with Others: Children exploring issues of racial-ethnic identity in multicultural and multiethnic communities through drama.’ Special Edition, Interdisciplinary Dialogues: Drama and Social Change NJ, 35, 92
  • Fitzpatrick, E. (2011) Being and becoming Pākehā: a narrative inquiry into children’s stories describing what it means to be Pākehā. (Thesis E11-036) (Voyager: BID2165644) Epsom Campus.

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Associate Professor Mike Hanne

(International network and membership)

Associate Professor Mike Hanne, founder of the Comparative Literature programme at The University of Auckland, has long been concerned with the key role played by narrative and metaphor in a range of academic and professional disciplines. In an early article (1999), he laid the groundwork for subsequent explorations of what he calls the narrative-metaphor nexus. He has recently convened two discipline-specific symposia, the first at UC Berkeley, entitled 'Binocular Vision: Narrative and Metaphor in Medicine,' the fruits of which have been published as a journal special issue, the second 'Warring with Words: Narrative and Metaphor in Domestic and International Politics' at Claremont Graduate University, California, papers from which will shortly be appearing in book form in the US.

  • Hanne, M., ed. (2011) ‘Binocular vision: narrative and metaphor in medicine.’ Special issue of Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, 44 (3).
  • Hanne, M., (1999) 'Getting to know the neighbours: when plot meets knot,' Canadian Journal of Comparative Literature 26 (1), 35-50.
  • Hanne, M. (1994), The power of the story: fiction and political change. Providence and Oxford: Berghahn.

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