Dr Penelope Winifred St John Watson

PhD, PGDipEd (Distinction), BA, DipTchg, LRSM, LTCL

Biography

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 conducted a study to probe the associations between gender self-concept and school belonging. Currently her interest in the association between gender and education extends to a cross-national investigation exploring associations between self-beliefs, interests, career aspirations, and gender-role attitudes of New Zealand and German mid-adolescents.

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.
  • Gender Identity, Stress, and Coping at School: A Window into Adolescent Mental Health

Research Projects

  • 2019-2021: Principal Investigator: Mathematics and language-literacy self-beliefs, sex-role attitudes, and career aspirations in mid-adolescence: A German-New Zealand comparative study.
  • 2017-18: Principal Investigator: Gender Identity, Stress, and Coping at School: A Window into Adolescent Mental Health
  • 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

Recent Publications

  • Watson, P W. St J., Sotardi. V., Park, J., & Roy, D. (2021). Gender self-confidence, scholastic   stress, life satisfaction, and perceived academic achievement for adolescent New Zealanders.   Journal of   Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2021.02.009
  • Stephens, J. M., ​Watson, P. W. St J., Alansari, M., Lee, G., & Turnbull, S. (2021) Can   online academic integrity instruction affect university students’ perceptions of and engagement   in academic dishonesty? Results from a natural experiment in New Zealand. Frontiers in   Psychology.   https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.569133
  • Sotardi, V., Watson, P. W. St J., Swit, C, Roy, D., & Bajaj Prakash, M. (2021). Adolescent stress, help- seeking intentions, subjective achievement, and life satisfaction in New Zealand:Tests of mediation, moderated mediation, and moderation. Stress and Health. https://doi.org/10.1002/smi.3021
  • Rubie-Davies, C. M., Meissel, K., Alansari, M., Watson, P. W. St J., Flint, A., & McDonald, L. (2020).   Achievement and beliefs outcomes of students with high and low expectation teachers. The Social Psychology of Education, 23, 1173-1201https://doi.org/10.1007/s11218- 020-09574-y
  • Watson, P. W. St J., Alansari, M., Worrell, F. C., & Rubie-Davies, C. M. (2020). Ethnic-racial Identity, relatedness, and school belonging for adolescent New Zealanders: Does student gender make a   difference? Social  Psychology of Education, 23(4), 979-1002. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11218-020-09563-1

Book

  • 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

Courses

  • EDUC 755 The social psychology of the classroom
  • EDUC 351 Understanding behaviour in classrooms: A social psychological  perspective
  • EDUC 223 Educational psychology

Postgraduate supervision

Doctoral students:

Deepika Roy (commenced 2018)

Stereotype threat, teacher expectations, identity safety and dual identities of Asian female tertiary students in New Zealand

Co-supervision with Professor Christine Rubie-Davies

Sudheera Nanayakkara (commenced 2019)

Following dreams: Sri Lankan immigrants’ and their children’s perception of identity and cultural values.

Co-supervision with Dr Esther Fitzpatrick

Wen Xiong (commenced 2017) 

Exploring students’ perspectives on and practices of cooperative learning in a physical education teacher education program: A Chinese perspective.

Co-supervision with Dr Rod Philpot, Advisor Associate Professor Ben Dyson

Kylie Taffard (commenced 2017)

Girls in trades: Why young women are not choosing the trades from secondary school.

Co-supervision with Dr Pat Bullen

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 Professor Christine Rubie-Davies

Sari Karmina (commenced 2015; completed 2020)

Peer assessment in cooperative learning classrooms

Co-supervision with Dr Rod Philpot, Advisor Associate Professor Ben Dyson

Rajshree Gopala Krishnan (commenced 2013; completed 2019)
Do teachers have different expectations for mature students than for younger students?

Co-supervision with Professor Christine Rubie-Davies

 

Masters students:

Sudheera Nanayakkara (Completed 2018, First Class Honours) Learning perspectives and experiences of Sri Lankan international postgraduate students in New Zealand.

Tematang Iaoniman (Completed 2018, First Class Honours) Teachers’ expectations and boys’ academic underachievement at junior secondary schools in Kiribati: Is there a relationship?

Co-supervision with Professor Christine Rubie-Davies

Clare Jennings (Completed 2018, First Class Honours) 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, First Class Honours) 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, First Class Honours) Engaging the disaffected learner: Making teacher-student relationships count. Co-supervision with Lynda Garrett

Michael Erasmus (Completed 2016, First Class Honours) Investigating the positive components of perfomance and mastery goals. Co-supervision with Associate Professor Jason Stephens.

Rajeev Sharma (Completed 2016, Second Class Honours) Student integration:Transitioning experience of students joining school mid-term. Co-supervision with Professor Graeme Aitken

Hanin Bukamal (Completed 2013, Second Class Honours) Teacher expectations of Muslim students' performance in mathematics and readng. Co-supervision with Professor Christine Rubie-Davies.

Honours students:

Tracey Laxon (Completed 2013, First Class Honours) Teacher gender self-confidence and attitudes toward gender-diverse students in New Zealand schools. Co-supervision with Associate Professor Jason Stephens.

 

Distinctions/Honours

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (with Distinction)
  • Nominated for Vice Chancellor’s award for best thesis in 2011

Responsibilities

  • Lecturer
  • Researcher
  • Member of the LDPP Leadership Team
  • Member of Faculty of Education and Social Work Equity Committee
  • Member of the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee
     

Areas of expertise

  • Educational psychology
  • Social psychology of the classroom
  • Gender stereotyping
  • Stereotype threat
  • Teacher expectations

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member: LDPP Leadership Team; Faculty of Education and Social Work Equity Committee; University of

               Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee

Member: AERA; EARLI; Gender and STEM network

Editorial Review Board: Contemporary Educational Psychology; Educational Research and Evaluation

Consulting Editor: Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational

                 Psychology 

 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Watson, P., Rubie-Davies, C. M., & Hattie, J. A. (2017). Stereotype threat, gender-role conformity, and New Zealand adolescent males in choirs. Research Studies in Music Education, 39 (2), 226-246. 10.1177/1321103X17738617
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christine Rubie-Davies
  • Watson, P. W. S. J., Rubie-Davies, C. M., Meissel, K., Peterson, E. R., Flint, A., Garrett, L., & McDonald, L. (2017). Teacher gender, and expectation of reading achievement in New Zealand elementary school students: Essentially a barrier?. Gender and Education10.1080/09540253.2017.1410108
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Annaline Flint, Christine Rubie-Davies, Kane Meissel, Elizabeth Peterson, Lyn McDonald
  • 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. S. J., 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), 82-102.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Peterson, Annaline Flint, Lyn McDonald, Christine Rubie-Davies, Kane Meissel
  • Rubie-Davies, C. M., Stephens, J. M., & Watson, P. (Eds.) (2015). The Routledge international handbook of social psychology of the classroom. London, UK: Routledge. Pages: 397.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christine Rubie-Davies, Jason Stephens
  • 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., 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, Heather O'Neill, Lyn McDonald
  • Rubie-Davies, C. M., Peterson, E., Flint, A., Garrett, L., McDonald, L., Watson, P., & O'Neill H (2012). Investigating teacher expectations by ethnicity in New Zealand. European Journal of Social and Behavioural Sciences, 2 (2), 250-259. 10.15405/FutureAcademy/ejsbs(2301-2218).2012.2.10
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christine Rubie-Davies, Elizabeth Peterson, Annaline Flint, Heather O'Neill, Lyn McDonald

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

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