Dr Joanne Joy Walker

PhD, MA (1st Class Hons), BA, AdvDipTchg, DipEOD, DipEdPsych(Hons)


Joanne is interested in working with teachers, special educators and schools to enhance learning environments and school systems in order to cater for the needs of a diverse range of students.

She enjoys collaborative problem based research projects within school settings. Teacher professional development that leads to improved teacher and student outcomes.

Previous professional experience (prior to present position):

  • Primary teacher
  • Itinerant teacher of the deaf
  • Educational Psychologist
  • ACE Lecturer, Teaching Experience Advisor and Coordinator (STN) course
  • Head of Teacher Education (UNITEC)
  • Researcher (several contracts)
  • School consultancy
  • Ministry of Education consultancy
  • Director of several specialist teacher contracts
  • National Director RTLB programme 2005-2010

Research | Current

  • Effective consultant (RTLB) practice through collaborative problem solving
  • Action research & teacher professional development; evidence based practice
  • Enhancing teacher and school effectiveness through joint research projects
  • Inclusive education
  • Problem based methodology; mixed quantitative and qualitative methodologies

Teaching | Current

  • Effective teaching practice
  • Enhancing learning environments
  • School effectiveness and improvement
  • Inclusive education
  • Professional development of teachers


  • Resource Teacher: Learning & Behaviour (G & PG)
  • Specialist Teacher programmes
  • EEPISE professional development programme

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional Links:

  • Registered psychologist
  • Faculty of Education & Social Work Equity Committee
  • University consortium (Victoria, Waikato, Auckland)
  • Reviewer for set articles, TEFANZ and AARE conference papers
  • External University member VuW Educational Psychology Programme Advisory Committee

University Committees served on:

  • Faculty of Education PG Programmes Board
  • School of Teaching, Learning and Development Committee
  • BEd review

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Burgon, J., & Walker, J. J. (2013). Successful transitions from early intervention to school-age special education services. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Related URL.