Mrs Lynda Garrett

MEd, BA, DipTchg


Lynda first entered Epsom campus as a Teaching Fellow in 2000 at the Auckland College of Education, after 15 years' experience in a variety of classroom teaching, school leadership and facilitation roles within New Zealand primary schools. After a year as both a Gifted Education Advisor in Team Solutions for the Auckland area, and a lecturer, Lynda has worked since 2002 as a lecturer and  then senior lecturer within the College of Education's Centre for Education, and from 2006, within the School of Learning ,Development and Professional Practice, within the University of Auckland's Faculty of Education and Social Work. In this long-term teaching  and professional supervision role, Lynda is a passionate supporter of student teachers, and teacher practitioners, as they develop their abilities to respond effectively to the diverse needs and abilities of learners within our primary school classrooms. Her research interests to-date have been centred around a particular interest in the talent development process for young gifted and talented students,with a special focus on young gifted readers and writers, and the role of teacher expectations on student achievement outcomes.



Research | Current

  • Talent development process for young gifted and talented readers.
  • Socio-emotional aspects of giftedness
  • Teacher expectations of young gifted and talented readers
  • Young gifted and talented students' perceptions of teacher expectations
  • Qualitative research with an emphasis on ‘student voice’

Research Projects:

Teaching | Current

  • Effective, responsive teacher pedagogical approaches to maximise the success of diverse learner groups.
  • Use of assessment to enhance teacher effectiveness and student achievement
  • Recognising and responding to the particular needs and abilities of young gifted and talented learners


  • BEd (Tchg)
    • EDPROFST 205 Promoting achievement for diverse learners
    • EDPROFST 214 Assessment
    • EDPROFST 319 Teaching gifted and talented students
  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary) EDPROFST 608 A and B Learning and teaching in NZ
  • BA (General Education) EDUC 316 Gifted Education

Postgraduate supervision

Current Supervisions (Co-supervisions)

Master of Education (thesis)

Claire Nankivell. Gifted and talented children: Growing their learning in the school garden

Dawn Chen.  A narrative investigation of the influence of cultural identity on the success of highly able  doctoral students in Education

Completed Supervisions- 2013 – 17 (All Masters supervisions co-supervised)


Master of Professional Studies

Claire Turner .Parental perspectives of gifted and talented primary school students

Master of Education (thesis)

Liyuan Natalia Yeo . Values education from the perspectives of New Zealand early childhood



Bachelor of Teaching (Honours)

Kelly Richardson . Attitudes and beliefs of gifted and talented students, regarding available provisions within a rural primary school setting.

Master of Education (thesis)

Adrienne Gilmore. Engaging the disaffected learner: Making teacher-student relationships count


Master of Professional Studies

Melanie Sorby. Formation of teacher expectations in reading

2013- 2015

Bachelor of Teaching (Honours)

Nasaysha Moon (2015). Teachers’ attitudes towards special needs students within inclusive primary school classrooms

Dawn Chen (2015). Gifted and talented Maori students: Factors influencing motivation toward success within a New Zealand intermediate school.

Vernitta Easton (2014).What are Year 3 and 4 teachers’ understandings of young talented writers?

Aylene Fitzgerald (2013).Oral language: The ‘voice’ of writing.

Sarah Kavermann (2013). ICT: A motivational tool in the writing process?


  • Course co-coordinator of EDPROFST 608 A and B: Learning in the New Zealand Context
  • Course Coordinator of EDPROFST 319 - Gifted Education
  • Course Coordinator of EDUC 316- Teaching gifted and talented students

Areas of expertise

  • gifted and talented education
  • responsive, differentiated teaching pedagogy and effective teacher-student relationships
  • formative assessment- (assessment for learning, and assessment for teaching and learning)
  • the impact of teacher expectations on student success in learning
  • metacognition and student self-regulation

Committees/Professional groups/Services


  • LDPP Representative on the Faculty of Education and Social Work Liberal Arts Programme Committee
  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching Primary Co-ordinators committee
  • Reviewer for APEX and AJGTE journals
  • External examiner of Masters theses for Massey University, and AUT.
  • Internal assessor of Masters theses and B.Ed (Honours) dissertations for University of Auckland.
  • Member of GiftEDnz, and Board member (2015-18)
  • Member of WCGTC (World Council of Gifted and Talented Children)
  • Member of SENG (International - Supporting the emotional needs of gifted and talented learners)
  • National Awards Lead and Trustee for Hine Kahukura: New Horizons for Women Trust  (2015- )
  • I value and foster links with effective practitioners in schools.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 521
New Zealand

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