Associate Professor Richard Joseph Hamilton



Dr Richard Hamilton is Head of Liberal Arts Programme and Senior Lecturer in the
School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice.

Previous professional experience

  • 2000 - present. Senior Lecturer - School of Education - Faculty of Education -The University of Auckland
  • 1998 - 2003, Research Centre for Interventions in Teaching and Learning (RCITL), School of Education, The University of Auckland - Co-director
  • 1996 (August) - 2000, School of Education, The University of Auckland - Lecturer
  • 1994 - 1995, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Houston - Chairperson
  • 1992 - 1996, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Houston - Associate Professor
  • 1986 - 1993, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Houston - Assistant Professor
  • 1985 - 1986, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin at Madison - Visiting Assistant Professor
  • 1983 - 1985, Department of Psychology , Wright State University - Visiting Assistant Professor

Research | Current

My research is focused on the application and evaluation of cognitive psychological theory and research within important instructional contexts. In pursuing these concerns, I have focused on a variety of content areas (psychology, education, science, and medicine), worked on many instructional levels (organisational, curriculum, classroom, teacher, student), and employed several instructional vehicles and contexts (written materials, classroom activities and discourse, and media.) My research methodologies are primarily quantitative in nature, including cross-sectional design. I utilise surveys, observation, and interviews.

Teaching | Current

  • Learning and development theory and research
  • Cognitive psychology and instruction
  • Learning and studying at tertiary level


  • Liberal Arts Programme
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional Links:

  • Member of American Educational Research Association
  • Member of American Psychological Association
  • Member of European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction
  • Member of New Zealand Educational Research Association

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Gao, X., Brown, G., & Hamilton, R. (2020). PRC Undergraduate Student Perceptions of Assessment and Feedback Practices. Paper presented at biennial meeting of EARLI SIG 1 + 4 (conference cancelled), Cadiz, Spain. 22 June - 25 June 2020.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gavin Brown
  • Dixon, H., Hawe, E., & Hamilton, R. (2019). The case for using exemplars to develop academic self-efficacy. ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 45 (3), 460-471. 10.1080/02602938.2019.1666084
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Eleanor Hawe, Helen Dixon
  • Hamilton, R. J., & Peterson, E. (27/5/2017). Relationship between university student motivation, beliefs and approaches to learning and local and global achievement. Poster presented at 29th Association of Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention, Boston, Mass, USA.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Peterson
  • Haslam, C., & Hamilton, R. (2017). Graphical literacy: Is graphing used extensively in science classrooms, textbooks and national exams in NZ. New Zealand Science Teacher (136), 32-36.
  • Hamilton, R., & Duschl, R. (2017). Learning science. In R. E. Mayer, P. A. Alexander (Eds.) Handbook of research on learning and instruction (pp. 81-114). New York, USA: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Haslam, C., & Hamilton, R. (27/8/2015). Pretraining effects on cognitive load in authentic settings when learning complex science ideas. Poster presented at 16th Biennial European Society for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Conference, Larnaca, Cyprus.
  • Curtis, D. F., Hamilton, R. J., Moore, D. W., & Pisecco, S. (2014). Are Teachers’ Beliefs Related to Their Preferences for ADHD Interventions? Comparing Teachers in the United States and New Zealand. Australasian Journal of Special Education, 38 (02), 128-149. 10.1017/jse.2014.12
  • Hamilton, R. J. (1/1/2014). Motivational differences between students in different disciplines within a university setting. Poster presented at 26th Annual Convention Association for Psychological Science (APS), San Francisco, CA, USA. Related URL.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 523
New Zealand