Dr Penelope Watson
PhD, PGDipEd (Distinction), BA, DipTchg, LRSM, LTCL
After a 32 year long career in secondary school teaching, the latter 10 years of which were spent as Head of Music at a large Auckland secondary school, Penny returned to The University of Auckland to pursue postgraduate study in education. She completed her PhD thesis, titled Stereotype Threat and Adolescent Boys In Choirs: A Reflection of Gender Beliefs?, in 2011, and is at present a Lecturer in the School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice. She was Project Manger of the Teacher Expectations Project, is a member of the research team for the Ethnic Identity Study, and is conducting a study to probe the associations between gender self-concept and school belonging.
Previous professional experience:
- 1996-2008 Director of Choral Music, Takapuna Grammar School
- 2004-2006 Head of Performing Arts Faculty, Takapuna Grammar School
- 1997-2006 Head of Music Department, Takapuna Grammar School
- 1978-1996 Assistant teacher in several Auckland secondary schools
Research | Current
- The Teacher Expectations Project
- The Ethnic Identity Study
- Adolescent gender self-concept and factors affecting school belonging in New Zealand.
- 2011: Project manager: Teacher Expectations Project (a Marsden-funded project led by Associate Professor Christine Rubie-Davies). Research assistant: The Teacher and Student Beliefs and Student Outcomes Study.
- Co-supervisor of a Summer Scholarship project investigating tertiary students’ gendered beliefs and expectations in relation to their gender self-concept and activity choices.
- 2010: Researcher on the BELA project
- Watson, P. W. St J. (2012). Stereotype threat, gender, and adolescent activity choice: Who dares sings. Saarbrücken, Germany: LAP.
Teaching | Current
- Educational psychology in general, with a specific interest in gender stereotyping, stereotype threat, and the social psychology of the classroom
- EDUC 755 The social psychology of the classroom
- EDUC 351 Understanding behaviour in classrooms: A social psychological perspective
- EDUC 223 Educational psychology
- EDUC 119 Development, learning and teaching
Kylie Taffard (commenced 2017)
Girls in trades: Why young women are not choosing the trades from secondary school.
Co-supervision with Dr Pat Bullen
Sari Karmina (commenced 2015)
Peer assessment in cooperative learning classrooms
Co-supervision with Associate Professor Ben Dyson
Lifeng Hao (commenced 2015)
The moderation and mediation effects of undergraduates’ self-esteem on the relationship between teacher expectations and undergraduates’ satisfaction with school life, well-being, and academic achievement
Co-supervision with Associate Professor Christine Rubie-Davies
Rajshree Gopala Krishnan (commenced 2013)
Do teachers have different expectatios for mature students than for younger students?
Co-supervision with Associate Professor Christine Rubie-Davies
Clare Jennings (commenced 2017) Shall we dance?: A multiple case study investigating the implementation of dance within the senior curriculum in New Zealand secondary schools.
Deepika Roy (completed 2017) Stereotype threat, identity safety, and the dual identities of female Indian doctoral students in New Zealand.
Co-supervision with Associate Professor Anne Hynds
Adrienne Wood (completed 2016) Engaging the disaffected learner: Making teacher-student realtionships count. Co-supervision with Lynda Garrett
Michael Erasmus (completed 2016) Investigating the positive components of perfomance and mastery goals. Co-supervision with Dr Jason Stephens.
Rajeev Sharma (completed 2016) Student integration:Transitioning experience of students joining school mid-term. Co-supervision with Professor Graeme Aitken
Hanin Bukamal (completed 2013) Teacher expectations of Muslim students' performance in mathematics and readng. Co-supervision with Associate Professor Christine Rubie-Davies.
Tracey Laxon (completed 2013) Teacher gender self-confidence and attitudes toward gender-diverse students in New Zealand schools. Co-supervision with Dr Jason Stephens.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education (with Distinction)
- Nominated for Vice Chancellor’s award for best thesis in 2011
- Chairperson of the Network for Success Committee, and member of the LDPP Leadership Team
Areas of expertise
- Educational psychology
- Social psychology of the classroom
- Gender stereotyping
- Stereotype threat
- Teacher expectations
Chairperson: LDPP Network for Success Committee
Member: LDPP Leadership Team
Member: AERA; EARLI; Gender and STEM network
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Watson, P. W., Worrell, F. C., Rubie-Davies, C., Webber, M., & Alansari, M. (2016). Ethnic identity and school belonging for adolescent New Zealanders: Does gender complicate the intersection?. Paper presented at Gender and Education Association Biennial Interim Conference, Linköping, Sweden. 15 June - 17 June 2016. Related URL.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Melinda Webber, Mohamed Alansari
- Watson, P. W., Rubie-Davies, C. M., Meissel, K., Peterson, E. R., Flint, A., Garrett, L., & McDonald, L. (2016). Gendered Teacher Expectations of Mathematics Achievement in New Zealand: Contributing to a Kink at the Base of the STEM Pipeline?. International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 8 (1), 83-102. Related URL.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Peterson, Annaline Flint, Lynda Garrett, Lyn McDonald, Christine Rubie-Davies, Kane Meissel
- Watson, P. W. (2015). Stereotype threat looking back and moving forward. In C. Rubie-Davies, J. M. Stephens, P. W. Watson (Eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Social Psychology of the Classroom (pp. 153-164). London: Routledge.
- Rubie-Davies, C. M., Stephens, J. M., & Watson, P. (Eds.) (2015). The Routledge International handbook of social psychology of the classroom. London, UK: Routledge.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christine Rubie-Davies, Jason Stephens
- Watson, P. W., & Rubie-Davies, C. M. (2014). Adolescent gender self-concept and school factors in New Zealand: Ties that bind?. Paper presented at 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, France. 8 July - 13 July 2014. Related URL.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christine Rubie-Davies
- Rubie-Davies, C. M., Peterson, E. R., Flint, A., Garrett, L., McDonald, L., Watson, P., & O'Neill H (2013). Investigating teacher expectations by ethnicity in New Zealand. European Journal of Social and Behavioural Sciences, 2, 250-259. 10.15405/FutureAcademy/ejsbs(2301-2218).2012.2.10
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Peterson, Annaline Flint, Lynda Garrett, Heather O'Neill, Lyn McDonald
- Rubie-Davies, C. M., Peterson, E. R., Garrett, L., Watson, P., Flint, A., O'Neill H, & McDonald, L. (2013). Do student beliefs differ by ethnicity? Exploring self-perceptions. European Journal of Social and Behavioural Sciences, 4 (1), 867-874. 10.15405/FutureAcademy/ejsbs(2301-2218).2012.4.19
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christine Rubie-Davies, Elizabeth Peterson, Annaline Flint, Lynda Garrett, Heather O'Neill, Lyn McDonald
- Watson, P. (2012). Stereotype threat and gender beliefs in adolescence: Who dares sings: Gender stereotypes and adolescent activity choice. Saarbrucken, Germany: LAP, Lambert Academic Publishing.