Dr Esther Mary Fitzpatrick

Diploma of Teaching (Primary) - Waikato Teachers College B.Ed (Education and Geography) - Waikato University Post-Graduate Diploma in Education - The University of Auckland 2011 M Ed (Hons) – The University of Auckland 2016 PhD The University of Auckland


Esther is a Lecturer in the School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice and a Co-Director of the Narrative and Metaphor Special Interest Network.

Previous professional experience

  • Hostel Manager/Counsellor for youth
  • Primary Teacher, Years 0 to 8 (Musselburgh;Dunedin, Maungawhau; Auckland, Titirangi; Auckland, Henderson Central; Auckland)
  • Preschool Manager: Royal Oak preschool; Auckland
  • Lecturer: Centre for Professional Inquiry; Auckland College of Education

Research | Current

Process drama as an effective pedagogical tool.

Critical Methodologies: Narrative Inquiry, A/r/tography, Duoethnography, Autoethnography, Performance Ethnography, Poetry, Visual, Creative writing.

Pākehā identity

Postcolonial white identities


Teaching | Current

Reflective, quality teaching and learning

Educational Psychology

Professional practice

ARTS-based pedagogy/methodology

Diversity and Ethnicity

Culturally responsive pedagogy

Postgraduate supervision

Virginia Sampson – MEd: Drama pedagogy and enhancement of student motivation

Jocelyn Hair - MEd: Emotion in Learning. A literature review exploring the role of emotion in adult learning.

Mihaela Enache - MEd: Early childhood teachers cultural autobiographies as means of cultural engagement in early childhood centres.

Desiree McNie - MEd:What does the literature say about emotion in teaching and why is it important for leaders of educational initiatives in schools to consider?

Julie Brien - MEd: Stitching lives together: Developing an understanding of Pakeha practice, pedagogy and philosophy in culturally responsive secondary classrooms.

Gurdev Kaur - MEd: Leadership opportunities and immigrant women of colour in New Zealand: Opportunities and barriers for immigrant women of colour in educational leadership.

Colette Clarke - MEd: Adapting teaching practice to support students self regulation in writing.

Anna Taylor - MEd: Autoethnography and the differing perceptions of learning conversations between preservice teachers and their mentors.

Dave Wileman - MEd: What is the importance of basic facts and multiplicative thinking in mathematics achievement?


Areas of expertise

Arts-based methods

Critical Autoethnography


Committees/Professional groups/Services

CAE: Critical Autoethnography group (International research group - committee member)

CEAD: Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines (International research group - committee member)

NAMSIN: Narrative and Metaphor Special Interest Network (Co-director)

CRUAT: Critical Research Unit in Applied Theatre (The University of Auckland - committee member)

CLeaR Fellowhip: Writing, writing everywhere 2017


University Committees served on:

  • Faculty of Education: Bachelor of Education (Teaching) First Year Coordinators Commitee
  • Faculty of Education: Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Qualification Committee
  • School Identity Project

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Farquhar, S., & Fitzpatrick, E. (2019). Innovations in Narrative and Metaphor: Methodologies and Practices. In S. L. Farquhar, E. Fitzpatrick (Eds.) Innovations in Narrative and Metaphor: Methodologies and Practices (pp. 15-28). Singapore: Springer.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46526
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sandy Farquhar
  • Fitzpatrick, E. (2018). A story of becoming: Entanglement, settler ghosts, and postcolonial counterstories. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, 18 (1), 43-51. 10.1177/1532708617728954
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41751
  • Fitzpatrick, E. (2018). Hauntology and Pākehā: Disrupting the notion of homogeneity. In Z. L. Rocha, M. Webber (Eds.) Mana Tangatarua: Mixed heritages, ethnic identity and biculturalism in Aotearoa/New Zealand (pp. 193-213). Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39849
  • Fitzpatrick, E., & Bell, A. (2016). Summoning up the Ghost with Needle and Thread. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 5 (2), 6-29. 10.1525/dcqr.2016.5.2.6
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29396
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Avril Bell
  • Heyward, P., & Fitzpatrick, E. (2016). Speaking to the ghost: An autoethnographic journey with Elwyn. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 48 (7), 697-710. 10.1080/00131857.2015.1100976
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28897
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Paul Heyward
  • Fitzpatrick, E. M. (2015). It’s a tricky business: Performing poetry with the Ghost. In M. Anderson, O'Connor P (Eds.) Applied Theatre: Research: Radical departures (pp. 207-225). London: Bloomsbury Publishing. Related URL.
  • Fitzpatrick, E. (2015). Learning to live. Journal of Educational Enquiry, 14 (1), 49-51.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27014
  • Fitzpatrick, E. (2014). Embodiment and education. In O'Connor P, K. Fitzpatrick (Eds.) Education and the body (pp. 127-138). Auckland, New Zealand: Edify Ltd..

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 111
New Zealand