Dr 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)

  • 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 Annual Convention, Boston, Mass, USA.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34523
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Peterson
  • Hamilton, R. J., & Duschl, R. (2017). Learning science. In R. Mayer, P. Alexander (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Learning and Instruction. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Yu, J., Brown, G. A. V. I. N., Stephens, J. A. S. O. N., & Hamilton, R. I. C. H. A. R. D. (2015). The L2 motivational self and identities among successful Chinese learners of English. Paper presented at Combined 2015 Conference of Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA), Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand (ALANZ), and Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ), Adelaide, Australia. 30 November - 2 December 2015. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jing Yu, Gavin Brown
  • 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. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34522
  • Hamilton, R. J., Peterson, E., & Wu, N. (24/5/2015). Differences in approaches to learning and motivational orientation of university students within different discipline, gender, and academic success groups.. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science (APS), New York, USA. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Peterson
  • 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
  • Peterson, E. R., Farruggia, S. F., Hamilton, R. J., & Elley-Brown, M. J. (2014). Socio-emotional Key Competencies: Can they be measured and what do they relate to?. Teachers and Curriculum, 13.10.15663/tandc.v13i0.9
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24809
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gavin Brown, Elizabeth Peterson
  • 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 location

Level 2, Room 260
New Zealand