Dr Maree Davies

PhD Melb. MEd (hons), BA, DipMathEd, DipTchg


Previous professional experience (prior to present position)

Maree has taught in Auckland, Perth and Taupo – all age groups from year 1 through to tertiary. 


Research | Current

Maree has conducted two major research projects in the area of examining the use of dialogue in middle (intermediate) and secondary schools to promote the use of critical thinking skills.  She is currently Principal Investigator in an inter faculty project with  Associate Professor Tim Dare and Senior Lecturer Patrick Girard from the Faculty of Arts and Senior Lecturer Mohan Sridharan from the Faculty of Computer Science in a third research project on investigating critical thinking for online and face to face discussions with secondary students. 

Maree is interested in any research that involves examining effective pedagogy for adolescent students, motivation and engagement of adolescents, self regulation of adolescents, the use of digital technologies in secondary schools and examining pedagogy that promotes critical thinking for adolescents, in particular through dialogue both face to face and online.

Teaching | Current

  • EDPFROST 612A, Te Whakaako in NZ Secondary Schools (Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary))
  •  EDUC 115, Introduction to Child and Adolescent Development (Liberal Arts programme)
  •  EDPROFST 737 Masters (Secondary)
  • EDPROFST 313, The Professional Teacher (Bachelor of Education)
  • Practicum visiting

Postgraduate supervision


PhD Derek Shafter (2016-) Teaching the classroom to transgress: Pedagogy for critical thinking (co-supervising with Associate Professor, Richard Hamilton)

PhD Alistair Monro (2016-) Anxiety and public speaking (co-supervising with Professor Christine Rubie Davies

MProfStud (2017) Kathi Schofiled An examination of the main issues faced New Zealand primary school teachers' reaching a balance between teaching and learning time and managing classroom behaviour (main supervisor)

MProfStud (2017) Jennis Hayes - What can we learn from modern learning environments - a case study of three American Schools (main supervisor)

Master of Education (2017) Rachel Lu - A comparative study of teachers perceptions of  English within NCEA and Cambridge (co-supervising with Mohamed Alansari)


BA (Hons) Alistair Monro (2014), Understanding the relations between recollections of oral engagement in the secondary classroom and communication apprehension in university students. (First Class Honours)

Masters of Professional Studies Derek Shafer (2015), Critical thinking - lips service or practice? An investigation into three Secondary English teachers' beliefs around the role of critical thinking in Senior English courses (Main supervisor)

MProfStud (2016) Michele Heywood - Parents and sense of belonging in large urban secondary schools (Main supervisor

MProfStud (2017) Tanja Spaabaek - "I can get by with a little help from my friends" - a study on crticial friendships within a secondary setting (Main supervisor)


  • 1994 Second Place Nicol Award (National Teaching of Reading Award)


Director of EDPROFST 612A, Te Whakaako in New Zealand Secondary Schools

Areas of expertise

  • Adolescent cognition
  • Adolescent development
  • Dialogical discussions
  • Adolescent motivation and engagement
  • Teaching and learning in secondary schools
  • SOLO taxonomy
  • Critical thinking
  • Digital technology

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional Links:

  • Reviewer Linguistics and Education
  • Member of AIMS (New Zealand Middle School and Intermediate Association)
  • Neuroscience and Education, SIG, BERA
  • Education Research and Educational Policy Making, SIG, BERA
  • New Technologies in Education, SIG, BERA
  • Reviewer - New Technolgies in Education, BERA


  • Member of Secondary Quals Committee, representing School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice
  • Member of School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice Research Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Davies, M., Kiemer, K., & Meissel, K. (2017). Quality Talk and dialogic teaching—an examination of a professional development programme on secondary teachers’ facilitation of student talk. British Educational Research Journal, 43 (5), 968-987. 10.1002/berj.3293
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kane Meissel
  • Dalgleish, A., Girard, P., & Davies, M. J. (2017). Critical Thinking, Bias and Feminist Philosophy: Building a Better Framework through Collaboration. INFORMAL LOGIC, 37 (4), 351-369.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Patrick Girard
  • Davies, M., & Meissel, K. (2016). The use of Quality Talk to increase critical analytical speaking and writing of students in three secondary schools. British Educational Research Journal, 42 (2), 342-365. 10.1002/berj.3210
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30948
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kane Meissel
  • Davies, M., & Sinclair, A. (2014). Socratic questioning in the Paideia Method to encourage dialogical discussions. Research Papers in Education, 29 (1), 20-44. 10.1080/02671522.2012.742132
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22233
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Patricia Anne Sinclair
  • Davies, M., & Sinclair, A. (2013). The effectiveness of on-line discussions for preparing students for a Paideia Seminar. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 22 (2), 173-191. 10.1080/1475939X.2013.773719
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22234
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Patricia Anne Sinclair
  • Sinclair, A., & Davies, M. J. (2011). Talking Allowed: 'I really enjoy being able to discuss something without the teacher sort of telling us what to say'. Curriculum Perspectives, 31 (3), 1-10.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/10871
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Patricia Anne Sinclair
  • Davies, M. J., & Sinclair, A. (1/1/2011). Talking Allowed!. Poster presented at ULearn11, Rotorua, New Zealand.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22237
  • Davies, M. J., & Sinclair, A (2011). I think that the discussions made online were really awesome, we got to argue and agree and disagree with others. Paper presented at ECER, Berlin. 13 September - 18 September 2011. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/10870