Dr Ngaire Esther Hoben

EdD, MA, MEd, Dip Tchg


My background is in secondary teaching  where I specialised in teaching English and Media Studies. I have enjoyed a rich array of teaching experiences: Full-time classroom teacher, teacher with library responsibility, head of department,  and member of the Senior Management Team. I joined the former School of Education as a teacher educator when the University of Auckland entered teacher education in 1997, and now have the pleasure of teaching pre-service and in-service teachers.

Working with pre-service teachers is an immensely rewarding and stimulating job as it combines all the elements of the perfect job: Teaching subjects I really enjoy, working with people who are excited about teaching and learning, and researching subjects of personal interest.

The partnership established between the University of Auckland and TeachFirst NZ has provided the opportunity to work with a group of novice teachers committed to working in schools serving low decile communities, and the teachers who undertake to mentor them.

Research | Current

  • Initial teacher education, including multiple pathways into teaching
  • Educative Mentoring practice
  • Enhancing practicum as an opportunity to learn to teach.
  • English education
  • Media education

Teaching | Current

  • Teaching on the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary Field-based)
  • Co-teaching EDCURSEC 663 & 664 on the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)
  • EDPROFST 762: Mentoring Teachers
  • EDPROFST 763: Working with New Teachers


My primary responsibility is to ensure the Faculty of Education continues to deliver high-quality programmes in initial teacher education.

Areas of expertise

  • Secondary Initial Teacher Education
  • Mentoring Teachers
  • Media Education
  • Practicum
  • Multiple Pathways Into Teaching
  • School-University Partnerships

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Teacher Education programmes committee within the Faculty of Education.
  • Teacher Education Board of Studies.
  • Chair of the Secondary Teaching External Advisory Group.
  • Chair: The Secondary programme subcommittee.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bruce, T., Ladbrook, J., Villers, H., Gaerlan-Price, E., & Hoben, N. (2015). Media and information literacy: A 21st century human right?. In J. Morgan (Ed.) The 21st century curriculum? (pp. 122-137). Auckland, New Zealand: Edify Ltd. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28199
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Toni Bruce, Helen Villers
  • Grudnoff, L., Haigh, M., & Hoben, N. (2014). What do teacher educators perceive to be the purposes of practicum?. Paper presented at Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand: Spicing up Teacher Education Spaces, places, innovations and connections, Hamilton. 8 July - 10 July 2014. 2014 TEFANZ Conference Proceedings. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22776
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mavis Haigh, Lexie Grudnoff
  • Hoben, N. E. (2012). Supervisor or mentor: Does changing the title and providing professional development impact on the practices of those working with preservice teachers on practicum? International Perspectives on Mentoring in Practicum Settings: a New Zealand Perspective. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 13 April - 17 April 2012. Related URL.
  • Hoben, N. E. (2011). Juggling support and challenge: becoming an effective mentor to pre-service English teachers.. Paper presented at Much Ado About English: IFTE 2011, University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ. 18 April - 21 April 2011.
  • Hoben, N. E. (2011). Are we there yet? Reflecting on progress towards the goal of reframing practicum as a high quality opportunity to learn to teach.. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual conference, London, England. 6 September - 8 September 2011.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/11280
  • Hoben, N. E. (2011). Greater Recognition, Greater Responsibility: An Enhanced Role For School-based Practicum Coordinators. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 46 (2), 7-19.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/11269
  • Hoben, N. E. (2010). Acknowledging the "unsung heroes": Enhancing secondary practicum by supporting the coordinators of pre-service teachers. Paper presented at New Zealand Association of Research in Education [NZARE], Auckland, NZ. 7 November - 9 November 2010.
  • Hoben, N. E. (2010). Reframing Practicum to Enhance Pre-service Learning. Paper presented at TEFANZ - Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand, Auckland, NZ. 26 October - 28 October 2010.

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