Professor Christine Margaret Rubie-Davies

PhD, MEd (Hons), BA, DipTchg

Biography

Professor Christine Rubie-Davies is based in the School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice in the Faculty of Education. She has been at the University of Auckland since April 1998.

Previous professional experience

  • 2012-2014 Head of School, Learning Development and Professional Practice
  • 2012 Visiting Scholar, University of Arizona
  • 2008-2009 Visiting Scholar, University of California at Berkeley
  • 2007-2009 Visiting Scholar, University of London, Institute of Education
  • 2007-2010 Senior lecturer
  • 2006 Senior researcher asTTle
  • 2002-2005 Programme Coordinator Primary Teacher Education
  • 1998-2002 Deputy Director Primary Teacher Education
  • 1974-1998 Deputy Principal, Assistant Principal, Senior Teacher, Scale A Teacher Primary

Research | Current

Current projects:

  • HERO (High Expectations Remarkable Outcomes): This project is a collaboration with the Mt Albert Kahui Ako and consists of two early childhood centres, and five primary, two intermediate and two secondary schools. These schools have high expectations as their underlying theory of improvement. Christine is delivering the professional development across all sites. The research team are very grateful to the Cognition Educaiton Trust who provided funding in 2018 for the collection of some initial baseline data. Christine has also delivered professional development related to high expectation teaching across a large number of other school sites.
  • LITHE (Leaders Influencing Teachers' High Expectations): ​The success of the Teacher Expectation Project (see below) has led to the development of four modules designed for middle school leaders to implement in schools. School leaders are being taught how to support their staff to implement high expectation principles in order to lift the achievement of all students in their departments. The project was trialled in Auckland and has since been delivered in other New Zealand locations, and in Melbourne, .Leceister and Birmingham in the UK, and Montreal in Canada.
  • I Have a Dream: ​Christine is overseeing the research on this important project. The project is based in four Northland schools in low socioeconomic communities. All students in the project have an academic mentor who will support and advise their group of students through primary school, to intermediate, secondary and into tertiary education. Academic outcomes for this group will be compared with those of similar students in other similar schools.
  • Teacher Expectation Project: This was a three-year experimental project funded by a Marsden Fast Start Grant and a grant from the Cognition Institute. The project began in 2011. This was the first ever project in the teacher expectation field designed to train teachers in the practices of high expectation teachers. The study used a randomised control design and 84 Year 3-8 teachers from 12 schools who comprised the control and intervention groups. The instructional intervention focused on grouping and learning experiences, class climate and goal setting. After just one year, students of teachers in the intervention group improved their mathematics achievement 28% above that of students with control group teachers. Analyses also showed that no matter what school, SES group, class level, ethnicity or gender, all students benefited through being with intervention teachers in comparison to controls.  To find out more about this project, visit: Teacher Expectation Project website.
  • Teacher beliefs and student beliefs: what are the relationships? This project was funded by Christine’s Early Career Research Excellence Award. Christine examined whether student beliefs and teacher beliefs were related. Teacher and student efficacy, motivation and perceptions of the class climate were measured. Student achievement was also measured in relation to the beliefs of teachers and students.
  • Ethnic Identity Project: This project has been funded by PBRF grants from the School of Learning Development and Professional Practice. The project involves four members of LDPP and Professor Frank Worrell from University of California at Berkeley. The team are examining the ethnic identity beliefs, attitudes to school and teachers and views of past, present and future of approximately 3000 secondary school students.

 

In the Public Eye

Teaching | Current

  • Educational psychology
  • Social psychology of the classroom
  • Teacher expectations and beliefs

Programmes

  • Liberal arts
  • Postgraduate
  • Teacher education 

Postgraduate supervision

Current students

Name

Degree

Title

Enrolled

Projected Completion

Role

Ya Li

PhD

Relations between teacher expectations and language learning in Chinese

May 2019

April 2023

Main supervisor

Mengnan Li

PhD

Vulnerability of Chinese teachers in high school

April 2019

March 2023

Main supervisor

Casey Gilligan

MProfPrac

Promoting engaged reading in a primary school classroom

March 2019

November 2019

Co-supervisor

Lingling Fan

PhD

Teacher expectations of rural and ethnic minority students in China

October 2018

September 2022

Main supervisor

Georgina Toma

PhD

Mindfulness in schools

September 2018

August 2022

Co-supervisor

Siaosi Vaili

PhD

Relations between Samoan students’ self-efficacy, future aspirations, teacher expectations, parent expectations and academic achievement

June 2018

May 2022

Co-supervisor

Deepika Roy

PhD

Asian female tertiary students’ experiences of stereotype threat and teacher expectations

May 2018

April 2022

Co-supervisor

Alistair Munro*

PhD

Speaking up for confidence: Reducing communication apprehension in secondary school students.

March 2016

March 2022

Main supervisor

Lifeng Hao

PhD

The mediating and moderating roles of self-esteem in the relationship between teacher expectation and undergraduates’ academic and socio-psychological outcomes

May 2015

May 2019

Main supervisor

Aaron Peeters*

PhD

Taking the risk out of learning: A theory of action intervention

April 2015

April 2021

Co-supervisor

Shengnan Wang

PhD

A longitudinal study of teacher expectation: Stability and impact on student achievement

August  2014

July 2019

Main supervisor

Tessa Tupai*

PhD

Factors leading to success in postgraduate study for first in family to go to university

December 2011

June 2019

Main supervisor

Annaline Flint*

PhD

Characteristics and contextual factors related to teacher beliefs

March 2011

June 2019

Main supervisor


*        Enrolled part-time

 

 

Completed students Honours and Masters

Name

Degree

Title

Enrolled

Completion

Role

Result

Tematanq Iaoniman

MEd

Teacher expectations of Kiribati boys

July 2017

June 2018

Co-supervisor

First class honours

Aleksei Surikov

BEd (Hons)

Teacher expectations of learning disabled students in mainstream environments

January 2017

December 2017

Main supervisor

First class honours

Siaosi Vaili

MEd

Relations between Year 13 Pasifika boys’ self-beliefs, perceptions of teacher expectations and achievement

January 2017

December 2017

Main supervisor

First class honours

Casey Zhang*

MEd

Teacher expectations in mathematics at different school deciles

July 2016

July 2017

Co-supervisor

First class honours

Asma Shah*

MA

Relationships between perceptions’ of expectations and students’ achievement: the role of mediating factors

December 2013

October 2016

Main supervisor

First class honours

Alistair Munro

BA (Hons)

Overcoming anxiety in public speaking

January 2014

December 2014

Second supervisor

First class honours

Hana Turner

MEd

Teacher expectations of different ethnic groups

January 2013

May 2015

Main supervisor

First class honours

Fiona Toloa

MProfSt

Teacher expectations of Pasifika students in science in a low decile school

July 2014

December 2014

Main supervisor

First class honours

Esther Graham*

MProfSt

Mindfulness and children’s well-being

March 2014

December 2014

Main supervisor

First class honours

Annabel Medland-Slater*

MProfSt

Student achievement: teachers’ perspectives of what leads to success

January 2014

December 2014

Main supervisor

First class honours

Fiona Hui

MA

Teachers’ views in special education

July 2012

October 2013

Main supervisor

Second class honours 2nd Div

Hanin Bukamal

MA

Teacher expectations of Muslim students in state and Muslim schools

July 2012

June 2013

Main supervisor

Second class honours 1st Div

Melissa Beaumont*

MEd

Student perceptions of teachers and relationships with course choice

June 2011

December 2012

Main supervisor

Second class honours 1st Div

Jessica Brown*

MProfSt

Early childhood teachers’ perceptions of quality care in early childhood settings

March 2012

December 2012

Main supervisor

Second class honours 1st Div

Mohamed Alansari

MA

Teacher and Student assessments of the class climate

 

Jul 2011

Jun 2012

Supervisor

First class honours

Hanin Bukamal

BA (Hons)

Teacher expectations of students’ performance in mathematics

Feb 2012

Aug 2012

Supervisor

First class honours

Rachel Aranui

MEd

Self-esteem, school connectedness and identity of Maori primary school students in bilingual units

Jul

2010

Jul

2011

Main supervisor

First class honours

Mohamed Alansari

BA (Hons)

Perceptions of class climate in tertiary maths classrooms

Jun 2010

Mar 2011

Main Supervisor

First class honours

Esther Fitzpatrick*

MEd

Identity of intermediate-aged Pakeha students

Feb 2010**

Nov

2010

Co- supervisor

Second class honours 1st Div

Lisa Watson

MEd

Self-concept and motivation of successful Maori students at secondary school

 

Mar 2010

Dec 2010

Co-supervisor

First class honours

Catherine Alpe

MEd

Self-efficacy of Year 8 girls transitioning to secondary school

 

Mar 2010

Dec 2010

Main supervisor

First class honours

Nane Rio

MEd

Factors that contribute to the success of Pasifika teacher education students

 

Feb 2004

Dec 2004

Co-supervisor

Second class honours 1st Div

Andrea Craig

MA

Promoting friendships as a means of preventing suicide

 

Feb 2003

Dec 2003

Main Supervisor

First class honours

Satomi Mizutani

MA

An investigation of the effects of goal-setting on language learning motivation

Feb 2002

Dec 2002

Co-supervisor

First class honours

*        Enrolled part-time

 

 

Completed students: Doctoral

 

Name

Degree

Title

Enrolled

Completion

Role

Rajshree Krishnan*

PhD

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

January 2013

July 2019

Main supervisor

Hana Turner

PhD

Differential teacher treatment, expectations and student success at secondary school

July 2014

March 2019

Main supervisor

Mohamed Alansari

PhD

Measuring class climate in the tertiary environment: Development of a scale

January 2013

August 2017

Main supervisor

Annie Zhuoni Cai

PhD

Teacher expectations of students with autism

April 2013

July 2017

Main supervisor

Nane Rio*

PhD

Teacher expectations for minority ethnic groups in Aotearoa New Zealand

May 2009

February 2017

Main supervisor

Derek Shafer

PhD

Teaching the classroom to transgress: Pedagogy for critical thinkers

January 2016

January 2017

Main supervisor – changed to Dr Hamilton Jan 2017

Clinton Mitchell

PhD

Academic motivation in second and fourth year medical students

April 2010

April 2015

Main supervisor

Mingjing Zhu

PhD

Accuracy and inaccuracy of teacher judgements of student achievement

August 2013

July 2014

International supervisor

Zheng Li

PhD

Teacher expectations of second language learners

July 2010

June 2014

Main supervisor

Sandra*

Hastie

PhD

Goal setting and academic outcomes

March 2007

March 2013

 

Main supervisor 2011-2013

Camilla* Highfield

EdD

Middle school leaders in secondary schools and within school achievement variation

March 2008**

Dec 2012

Co-supervisor

Penelope Watson

PhD

Breaking the mould: Stereotype threat and boys who sing in choirs

Jun 2008

Nov 2011

Main supervisor

Aue Te Ava

PhD

Mou Piritia Te Kōrero ‘Ā Ō Tūpuna, Tāueuea: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for Cook Island Secondary Schools Physical Education

May 2006

Oct 2011

Main supervisor

Satomi Mizutani PhD Effects of washback on the teaching and learning of NCEA Japanese Mar 2004 Jul 2009 Co-supervisor


*        Enrolled part-time 

**      Date I began supervision

Distinctions/Honours

2019 Elected Fellow of American Psychological Association, Division 15 Educational Psychology

2018

Research Excellence Medal (University of Auckland)

2017

Outstanding Reviewer American Educational Research Association, Review of Educational Research

2016

Appointed New Zealand Vice President, International Federation of International Teaching Fellows

2015

Outstanding Reviewer American Educational Research Association, Review of Educational Research

2014

University-Practitioner Partnership Award, 7th Educational Psychology Forum, Dunedin

2014

Outstanding Poster American Educational Research Association: Division C, Section 3A Learning Environments

2013

Outstanding Reviewer American Educational Research Association, Review of Educational Research

2013

Grade of A in Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) - how the New Zealand Government assesses research outputs and quality, and allocates research funding to tertiary institutions

2011

Early Career Research Excellence Award (University of Auckland)

2011

American Psychological Association Convention Registration Award

2011

American Psychological Association Travel Award

2009

Elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (US)

2007

New Zealand National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award for Sustained Excellence

2006

University of Auckland Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award

1995

New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa Award for Teaching Excellence (Primary teaching)

Areas of expertise

  • Teacher expectations
  • Teacher beliefs
  • Teacher personality and characteristics
  • Teacher bias
  • Student self-perceptions
  • Student beliefs
  • Goal-setting
  • Quantitative and qualitative methodologies

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional Links:

  • Associate Editor Contemporary Educational Psychology
  • Review Board for Review of Educational Research
  • Regional Editor Educational Research and Evaluation
  • Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science
  • Member of: American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science (US), European Association for Research into Learning and Instruction, American Educational Research Association

University Committees served on:

University of Auckland Committees

2012-

Senate

2016-

University Staffing Committee

2016-

Faculty of Science Staffing Committee

2012-2014

University Promotions Committee for Professional Teaching Fellows

2009-2012

University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee 

 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

H - BLOCK. EPSOM - Bldg 6EH
Level 5, Room 505
EPSOM CAMPUS, 74 EPSOM AVE
EPSOM
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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