Dr Kane Meissel

MSc(Psych, 1st class hons); PhD(Education)

Biography

Dr Kane Meissel is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology in the School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice, in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Kane’s research focuses on the use of advanced quantitative methodologies to identify and reduce educational disparities, as well as promote equity and social justice for traditionally marginalised learners. A particular focus of Kane's research is the identification of specific factors that relate to resilience among under-served learner groups. 

Research | Current

In addition to Kane's wider research platform, Kane is the Education Domain lead investigator for Growing Up in New Zealand, a major, multi-disciplinary longitudinal study following almost 7000 New Zealand children from before birth through to adulthood. The study participants reflect the contemporary diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand, and is designed to provide unique, detailed information about what shapes children and young people's early development, and aims to improve the lives of all New Zealand’s children by providing insight into how interventions can be targeted at the earliest opportunity to give every child the best start in life.

Teaching | Current

EDUC 323: Contemporary topics in Educational Psychology

This course helps students learn to:

  • Engage and think critically about contemporary research in educational psychology
  • Recognise faulty reasoning and fallacious logic (i.e. fake news!)
  • Evaluate credibility and bias within published research
  • Compare and contrast differing points of view within research in educational psychology

EDUC 741: Educational Psychology

This course facilitates critical engagement with current research in educational psychology. Students will develop a deeper understanding of how cognitive, motivational and social factors relate to student learning and outcomes. Students are encouraged to discuss and draw connections with implications for classroom practice, as well as wider social implications (no teaching experience is required).

The assessments are designed to provide a highly scaffolded taste of the process of conducting research in educational psychology, helping to prepare you for independent study.

 

Teaching | Previous

  • PSYCH 109           Mind, Brain and Behaviour
  • PSYCH 204           Social Psychology
  • PSYCH 208           Producing Psychological Knowledge
  • PSYCH 319           Psychology and Gender
  • PSYCH 322           Industrial, Work and Organisational Psychology
  • PSYCH 326           Lifespan Development
  • EDUC 117             Teaching and Learning: An Educational Psychological Perspective
  • EDUC 342             Educational Psychology: A behavioural approach
  • EDUC 352             Adolescence
  • EDUC 747             Issues in Adolescent Development

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise in a range of areas across Educational Psychology, with a particular interest in supervising students utilising advanced quantitative methodologies to address equity-related questions within the Educational sector. I am especially interested in hearing from prospective doctoral students interested in working with the Growing Up in New Zealand data, but please note that I am not accepting new students until February 2021.

Students are currently around 9 years old, so the focus is currently mainly on measures of early childhood outcomes and the transition to primary school through to age 8. Possible topics include:

  • How does language exposure (e.g. bilingualism) relate to socio-emotional and cognitive development as well as school readiness?
  • How satisfied are parents with the skills developed by ECE providers and how does this relate to perceived school readiness?

In Progress

Degree

Enrolled

Projected Completion

Name of Student

Thesis title

PhD

2013

2017

Rajshree Krishnan

Teacher expectations and student perceptions of mature-aged students in three faculties

PhD

2014

2018

Shengnan Wang

A longitudinal study on teacher expectation: its stability and impact on student achievement

PhD

2016

2019

Esther Yao

Variability in the perceptions and manifestations of adolescent depression.

PhD

2017

2020

Katy Perry

Introducing digital assessment into New Zealand secondary schools – an exploration of its use and impact.

PhD

2017

2020

Anran Zhao

What made PISA outcomes different? A comparison of socioeconomic status, curriculum and students' motivation between New Zealand and China (Shanghai).

PhD

2017

2020

Kirsten Sharman

The role of infant-directing singing in language acquisition of New Zealand children.

MEd

2018

2019

Shaheena Sulaiman

Parent-child interactions and early language and literacy development in bilingual children growing up in New Zealand.

PhD

2018

2021

Idoya Munn

Identification of Twice-Exceptional Students in NZ: Finding our Way.

Completed

Degree

Enrolled

Completed

Name of Student

Thesis title

MEd

2014

2014

Jennifer Supeck

Measuring levels of student engagement in the New Zealand intermediate school mathematics classroom and the implications for raising student achievement.

MEd

2014

2015

Chao Zheng

A Comparative Study of Foreign Language Anxiety of Chinese First Year College Students in China and Those Learning in New Zealand

MEd

2015

2015

Sinead Wilson

Parent and teacher interactional styles and children’s relationships with peers.

MA

2015

2016

Sukriti Bhatnagar

Defining 'evidence-based' programmes in New Zealand educational and youth mentoring sectors.

MPSt

2016

2016

Idoya Munn

Teachers and Twice-exceptional Students in New Zealand: The Search for a Teacher Who “Gets It” .

PhD

2009

2016

Nane Rio

Teacher expectations and ethnicity: Student and teacher perspectives

MA

2016

2016

Zoe Klomp

The influence of NCEA testing on teacher creativity and lesson planning.

MEd

2017

2018

Jonghyun Jun

Parental decision-making about early childhood education.

 

Distinctions/Honours

Faculty of Education and Social Work Early Career Teaching Excellence Award 2017

UKLA Wiley Research in Literacy Education award for Best Paper 2018

Responsibilities

  • School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice Postgraduate Committee
  • Postgraduate Research Approvals and Examinations Subcommittee
  • Affiliate of Quant-DARE 
  • Faculty Staff-Student Consultative Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Identifiers

Contact details

Primary office location

H - BLOCK. EPSOM - Bldg 6EH
Level 4, Room 405
EPSOM CAMPUS 74 EPSOM AVE
EPSOM
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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