Associate Professor Dawn Garbett


Dawn Garbett

Associate Professor
School of Curriculum and Pedagogy

phone +64 9 623 8899 ext 48972
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office A335
email d.garbett@auckland.ac.nz
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Areas of Expertise

  • Teacher education
  • Science education
    • Early Childhood
    • Primary
    • Secondary
  • Research methods
    • Self-study of teacher education practices
    • Practitioner research
    • Action research
  • Governance in Schools


Biography

As a teacher educator, teaching is simultaneously what I do, what I research, and what I know. To achieve excellence in teaching I reflect on the effectiveness of the courses I co-ordinate, the applicability and relevance of the assessment tasks I design, and my students’ responses to teaching approaches. My research platform has been built on a commitment to improve my practice both as a teacher educator and an academic.

I teach student teachers through science education in the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary and Primary) programmes. I have also taught in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary). I supervise and mentor Masters and Doctoral students.
 

Distinctions/Honours

  • 2008 National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award, Ako Aotearoa
  • 2007 Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Auckland
  • 2005 Principal Lectureship, Auckland College of Education
     

Qualifications

  • 2007 PhD (Monash) Science teacher education: Fostering confidence and competence
  • 2001 MSc Sci Ed (Curtin) Of Science and Women: A group-memory work project
  • 1979 BSc (Auckland)
  • 1979 DipTch (Auckland Teachers College)
     

Research | Current

  • Self-study of teacher education practices
  • Primary, secondary and early childhood teacher education pedagogy
  • Practitioner research
  • Action research
  • Teaching and learning in science education


Postgraduate Supervision

  • Paul Denny Incorporating virtual achievements into the PeerWise online learning tool (PhD thesis)


Teaching

  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)
    • Teaching and Learning Science
    • Teaching Biology Education
  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary)
    • Science Education
  • Masters
    • Practitioner research and self-study
       

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Committees/Professional Groups/Services

Editorial boards* and review panels

  • Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education*
  • Science Education Review*
  • Research in Science Education
  • New Zealand Early Childhood
  • Higher Education Research and Development
  • Studying Teacher Education

University Committees and service

  • School of Curriculum and Pedagogy Executive
  • University Teaching and Learning Quality Committee 2008-2011
    • student end of course evaluation
    • student surveys: AUSSE, Teaching and Learning Survey
    • Inclusive Teaching and Learning of Students with Impairments - practices and guidelines
    • Assessment of Group Work
    • Guidelines for Effective Teaching
    • Academic Honesty Tutorial scoping group and TLQC Reference Group
    • University Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards sub-committee 2008-2011

Professional service

  • Ako Academy Executive (Co-President)
  • Glendowie Primary Board of Trustees (Chairperson)
  • Glendowie College Board of Trustees
  • ISATT (National Representative)

Professional experience prior to present position

In a previous life I was a secondary school science and biology teacher. I designed and taught a local Human Biology course for Sixth Form Certificate. I also offered an optional girls-only science and mathematics course to encourage girls to continue in physics, chemistry and mathematics at the senior level.

My interest in girls’ education led me to collaborate with another teacher to start the highly successful EQUALS=Science network in the 1980’s to promote innovative teaching strategies which would foster girls’ involvement in science.

In 1990 I was awarded a scholarship to study for my Masters of Science Education. Starting a family meant that it took me a decade to complete this qualification. As a new parent I became actively involved in Playcentre. I was soon running the education workshops and chairing the meetings. Gaining Playcentre Part 2 was a highlight for me. It taught me the value of studying whatever it is you are immersed in and the importance of spending time with family!
 

Selected Publications

Journal articles

  • Garbett, D. and Ovens, A. (2012). Being a Teacher Educator: Exploring Issues of Authenticity and Safety Through Self-Study, Australian Journal of Teacher Education: Vol. 37: Iss. 3, Article 5. Available at: http://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/vol37/iss3/5
  • Garbett, D. (2011). Developing pedagogical practices to enhance confidence and competence in science teacher education. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 22, 729-743.
  • Garbett, D. (2011). Constructivism deconstructed in science teacher education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36(6), Article 3. Available at: http://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/vol36/iss6/3
  • Garbett, D. (2011). Horse Riding 101 The role of experience in reframing teacher education practices. Studying Teacher Education, 7(1), 65-75.
  • Garbett, D., & Heap, R. (In press), Making practice visible: A collaborative self-study of tiered teaching in teacher education. Studying Teacher Education, 7(3).

Chapters/Sections in books

  • Garbett, D. (2012). The transformation from science teacher expert to teacher educator. In: Bullock, S. & Russell, T. (Eds.), Self-Studies of Science Teacher Education Practices, p31-44, Dordrecht, Springer.
  • Garbett, D., & Ovens, A.P. (2010). Peer-teaching - Learning twice, In J. Jesson, V. Carpenter, M. McLean, M. Stephenson, & Airini (Eds.), University teaching reconsidered: Justice, practice, inquiry (pp.184-192). Auckland: Dunmore Press.
  • Garbett, D., & Tynan, B. (2010). A lifeline for emerging academics. In R. Cantwell & J. Scevak (Eds.), An academic life: A handbook for new academics (pp. 173-181). Camberwell, VIC, Australia: ACER Press.
  • Garbett, D., & Heap, R. (2009). Team teaching: Having the eyes to see the wind. In A. Mattos (Ed.), Narratives on teaching and teacher education: An international perspective (pp.123-136). New York: Palgrave.

Conference proceedings

  • Garbett, D., & Heap, R. (2010). A Tale of two blackboards: Team teaching. In L. Erickson, S. Pinnegar & J. Young (Eds.), Navigating the public and private: Negotiating the diverse landscape of teacher education (pp. 93-96). Provo, Utah, USA: Brigham Young University. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices, Herstmonceux Castle, Essex, UK, 1-5 August, 2010.
  • Garbett, D. (2008). Horse riding 101: Experiential learning to improve teacher education. In M. Heston, D. Tidwell, K. East, & L. Fitzgerald (Eds.), Pathways to change in teacher education: Dialogue, diversity and self-study (pp. 135-138). Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Self Study of Teacher Education Practices, Herstmonceux Castle, Essex, UK, 3-7 August, 2008.
  • Ovens, A.P., & Garbett, D. (2008). Using peer teaching to understand pedagogy in teacher education. In M. Heston, D. Tidwell, K. East, & L. Fitzgerald (Eds.), Pathways to change in teacher education: Dialogue, diversity and self-study (pp. 263-26). Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Self Study of Teacher Education Practices, Herstmonceux Castle, Essex, UK, 3-7 August, 2008.

Conference presentations

  • Garbett, D. (2011). Collaborative Assessment to Enhance Confidence and Competence International Study Association of Teachers and Teaching Brega, Portugal July 4-8, 2011.
  • Garbett, D. (2011). Attending to Students’ Voices International Study Association of Teachers and Teaching Brega, Portugal July 4-8, 2011.
  • Garbett, D. (2011). Self-study informed by students’ evaluations Student Assessment Symposium Wellington, November 28-29, 2011.
  • Garbett, D. (2011) Assessing Collaborative Group work in Tertiary Education Student Assessment Symposium Wellington, November 28-29.
  • Garbett, D., Ovens, A. & Heap, R. (2010). Finding the Ethnographer in Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices. Contemporary Ethnographies Across the Disciplines Hui (Waikato, 17-19 November)
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