Jacoba Jacqueline Matapo

BEd ECE (teaching), MEdL

Biography

Jacoba is of Samoan Dutch heritage, born and raised in Aoteroa/New Zealand. Jacoba’s passion for Pasifika education has stemmed from personal experiences as a Pasifika navigating cultural, political, and social tensions in her education journey. Jacoba has traversed a range of leadership roles in her professional career, including centre management positions in early childhood education and program leadership in tertiary teacher education. Jacoba’s love for learning and community engagement has supported her work in research through arts based practices in early childhood education to Pasifika leadership and pedagogy. Jacoba's current doctoral research locates her work within diasporic multiplicities, attempting to re-imagine Pasifika leadership as a cultural and collective political act.  

Research | Current

Jacoba is currently enrolled in doctoral study and is working towards completing her EdD in 2018-2019. Her research engages in a post-foundational, posthuman critique of Pasifika leadership in Higher education and attempts to question how cultural knowledge opens to relations of change in the context of human and material within Pasifika leadership. Her focus in leadership, questions the relational field that traverses collective cultural commitment and professional responsibility. In addition to her research in leadership, Jacoba is involved in the TLRI research project MAPS- Move, Act, Play, Sing with a focus in post structural theorising of community artists interventions within early childhood education contexts. Jacoba has presented her research both nationally and internationally, problematising constructions of arts practice in early childhood education. 

Teaching | Current

  • EDPROFPK 102- Pe mafai vefea e ki tatou oi tamaiti aoga Pasifika - Learning in Pasifika Contexts 
  • EDCURRPK 211- Gagana ma lana matafaioi - Language and Literacies 
  • EDUC 321- Politics, Philosophy and Education 
  • EDCURRPK 116-  Lafilafiaga Tau Tufuga Pasifika - Integrating Pasifika Arts 
  • DCURRPK 353- Su'esu'ega loloto i le faaaogaina o gagana - Critical Investigation in the Role of Pacific Languages in Education
  • EDPROFST 313- The Professional Teacher 
  • EDPROFST 204- Te Whariki for Diverse Learners 
  • EDPROFST 214 - Assessment for Learning and Teaching

Postgraduate supervision

Associate Superiser with Dr Jo Howse

  • Dada, R. (2015). Personalised learning: perceptions of curriculum leaders and mathematics teachers in a secondary school classroom. Unpublished thesis submitted in partial fulfillment for the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership and Management at Unitec Institute of Technology. 

Associate Supervisor with Dr Beverly Clark 

  • Turton, L, M. (2015). Arts-based conversations: An enquiry into early childhood visual arts pedagogy. Unpublished thesis submitted in partilal fulfillment for the requirements for the degree of Master of Education at Unitec Institute of Technology.

Distinctions/Honours

Masters in Educational Leadership - Awarded Distinction (2010), Auckland University of Technology.

Responsibilities

  • Director and coordinator for EDPROFPK 102- Pe mafai vefea e ki tatou oi tamaiti aoga Pasifika - Learning in Pasifika Contexts 
  • Director and coordinator for EDCURRPK 211- Gagana ma lana matafaioi - Language and Literacies 
  • Director and coordinator for EDCURRPK 116-  Lafilafiaga Tau Tufuga Pasifika - Integrating Pasifika Arts 
  • Director and coordinator for DCURRPK 353- Su'esu'ega loloto i le faaaogaina o gagana - Critical Investigation in the Role of Pacific Languages in Education
  • Professional Supervisor - Student practicum supervision (Early Childhood Education)

Areas of expertise

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Pasifika prespectives in early childhood education and leadership
  • Performing arts in early childhood education
  • Early childhood education pedagogy
  • Pasifika research methods
  • Poststructural theory

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member of Samoan Aoga Amata in Aotearoa Association (SAASIA)
  • Member of Organisation Mondiale pour l’Education Prescolaire Auckland Chapter (OMEP)
  • Education Council New Zealand (full registered teacher and mentor)
  • Member of NZARE Pasifika Association
  • Executive member of (NZEALS) New Zealand Educational and Administration Leadership Society.
  • Member of (PESA) Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Mika, C., Stewart, G., Watson, K., Silva, K., Martin, B., Matapo, J. J., & Galuvao, A. (2017). What is indigenous research in philosophy of education? And what is PESA, from an indigenous perspective?. Educational Philosophy and Theory10.1080/00131857.2017.1317042
  • Matapo, J. J. (2017). Navigating leadership in Pasifika early childhood education: Traversing the tides of change. He Kupu, 5 (1), 44-52.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35052
  • Matapo, J. J. (2016). Becoming Posthuman: Navigating Pacific Epistemology in Pasifika Research. Conference Proceedings 8 Dec - 12 Dec 2016 Knowledge Ecologies, 169-180. Warwick Hotel, Coral Coast, Fiji: Routledge & Springer. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32550
  • Matapo, J. J. (2016). Navigating leadership in Pasifika early childhood settings: Traversing the tides of change. Paper presented at New Zealand Tertiary College SYMPOSIUM ECE LEADERSHIP IN OUR TIMES, New Zealand Tertiary College, Greenlane Campus, Auckland. 5 August - 5 August 2016. Navigating leadership in Pasifika early childhood settings: Traversing the tides of change. Related URL.
  • Gould, K., & Matapo, J. (2016). What’s in a philosophy statement? A critical discourse analysis of early childhood centre philosophy statements in Aotearoa/New Zealand. He Kupu, 4 (3), 51-60. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29965
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kiri Gould
  • Matapo, J. J., & Leaupepe, M. T. (2016). A duo-narrative of Pasifika early childhood education: Reconceptualising leadership in the political and social landscape. Journal of Educational Leadership Policy and Practice, 31 (1/2), 55-62. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32333
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Manutai Leaupepe
  • Matapo, J. (2015). Leadership in Pasifika early childhood education settings: Traversing the political and cultural leadership praxis. Paper presented at Pasifika Research in Education Symposium 2015, Manukau Institute of Technology, Manukau, Auckland, NZ. 9 October - 9 October 2015. Related URL.
  • Matapo, J. (2015). In the spirit of the collective: Culturally responsive leadership in Pasifika early childhood settings. Paper presented at Unitec Research Symposium, Auckland, NZ. 8 October - 8 October 2015. Related URL.

Contact details

Primary location

N - BLOCK. EPSOM - Bldg 6EN
Level 1, Room 101
EPSOM CAMPUS, 74 EPSOM AVE
EPSOM
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand