Faculty of Education and Social Work

Our people

View profiles of our team members.

Back row: Heather O’Neill, Elizabeth Petersen, Christine Rubie-Davies and Lyn McDonald. Front row: Lynda Garrett, Penny Watson and Annaline Flint.

  • Professor Christine Rubie-Davies
    Christine is the Director of this project. Christine has a special interest in teacher expectation research and has developed an international reputation in this area. Christine is a strong proponent of the implementation of high expectation principles into all schools in order to redress the inequities that currently exist in our schooling system.
  • Dr Elizabeth Peterson
    Elizabeth is the Principal Investigator on this project. Most of her research is focused on trying to understand the factors and processes that lead to the development of successful and well rounded students. She also has a particular interest in longitudinal studies and is a Domain Expert on the Growing Up in New Zealand study (www.growingup.co.nz).
  • Dr Penelope Watson
    Penelope is the Project Manager on this project. She is particularly interested in the way that expectations of gender affect the school life of boys and girls, and their teachers.
  • Lynda Garrett
    Lynda is a Senior researcher on this project. With a Masters in Gifted Education, Lynda’s research interests have mainly focused on the talent development process for young gifted writers and readers,  teacher expectations for young gifted readers, the impact of variable teacher expectations on student achievement outcomes, and young gifted readers personal  perceptions of their teacher expectations of, and support for, their learning.
  • Annaline Flint
    Annaline is a Senior Researcher on this project. Her research interests include the inter-relationships between various teacher beliefs, conceptions of values education, and beginning teacher induction and mentoring.
  • Dr Lyn McDonald
    Lyn is a Senior Researcher on this project. She has research interests in teacher expectations, goal setting and classroom climate. Lyn has recently completed her doctorate on the role visiting lecturers play in promoting self- regulated learning with student teachers.
  • Heather O’Neill
    Heather teaches across a range of courses in the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) programme, mainly in the areas of inclusive education, gifted education, raising achievement, learning and assessment, and professional teacher practice. Her research interests coincide with these teaching areas. She has a background in primary teaching and greatly enjoys her ongoing interaction with schools and teachers.
Name Location Phone Email
Professor Christine Rubie-Davies H505 +64 9 623 8899 ext. 82974 c.rubie@auckland.ac.nz
Dr Elizabeth Peterson HSB 614 +64 9 373 7599 ext. 89693 e.peterson@auckland.ac.nz
Dr Penelope Watson H512 +64 9 623 8899 ext. 46424 p.watson@auckland.ac.nz
Lynda Garrett H521 +64 9 623 8899 ext. 48657 l.garrett@auckland.ac.nz
Annaline Flint H513 +64 9 623 8899 ext. 48237 a.flint@auckland.ac.nz
Dr Lyn McDonald H511 +64 9 623 8899 ext. 48710 l.mcdonald@auckland.ac.nz
Heather O’Neill H405 +64 9 623 8899 ext. 48737 h.oneill@auckland.ac.nz