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Name Preferred Methodologies Supervision Area
Dr Carole Adamson
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48561

Social work, stress, trauma, resilience, workplace support

Masters and Doctoral

Professor Louisa Allen
+64 9 623 8899
ext 85140
Qualitative methodologies and feminist methodologies. Methods include - focus groups, interviews and some questionnaire work.

Sexuality education, masculinities and schooling, feminist post-structuralism, embodiment and education.

Masters and Doctoral

Cherie Appleton
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48558

Practitioner Research

Social work, Values and Ethics, Professional Supervision, Child protection, Continuing professional education, Student learning, Practicum & Fieldwork, Management, Leadership Collaboration


Tim Baice
+64 9 373 7999
ext 48469
Qualitative methodologies, Pacific research methodologies, poststructural discourse analysis, document analysis, post-colonial and indigenous decolonization methodologies

Higher education policy; student engagement and achievement; academic and pastoral support; Equity; Equity policy and discourse; Pacific/Pasifika education; Pacific regionalism (policy).


Dr Allen Bartley
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48140
Mixed methods approaches - quantitative and qualitative

Migration policy and practice, migrant settlement and adaptation; 1.5 generation adolescents; issues dealing with biculturalism/ multiculturalism; immigration and social work; multicultural social work.

Masters and Doctoral

Associate Professor Liz Beddoe
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48559
Qualitative, Constructivist grounded theory, Practitioner research

Social Work Profession, Clinical Supervision, Workforce Issues, Professional Development, Workplace Learning, Critical Reflection, Social Work in Health Care.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Blake Bennett
Qualitative methodologies including converstion/interviewing,
Quantitative methodologies including surveys

Levels of education/professional practice: secondary, community, high performance
Subject knowledge: sport coaching, physical education, martial arts, Japanese secondary school
Key issues – contemporary coaching pedagogies, socio-cultural studies, leadership
Theoretical approaches – Socio-cultural theory, hermenutics
Key theorists or researchers – Vygotsky, Gadamer, Piaget

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Sally Birdsall
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48458
Qualitative methodologies including case studies, in-depth interviewing of teachers and children, classroom observations, participant observations, use of drawings and other strategies to gather data.

Levels of education - early childhood, primary, secondary and higher education.

Subject knowledge - science education and education for sustainability/environmental education.

Key issues - socioscientific issues, pedagogical content knowledge, identity, conceptual development.

Theoretical approaches - (social) constructivism; transformative learning theory; identity theories.

Key theorists - Mezirow, Stevenson.

Masters and Doctoral

Professor Gavin Thomas Lumsden Brown
+64 9 623 8899

Quantitative data analysis (esp. multivariate data analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, structural equation modeling, longitudinal curve modeling, testing, surveys, quasi-experimental methods)

Mixed-method data collection and analysis techniques

Assessment (including test & item writing, classical and modern test theory analysis, standardised & classroom testing, formative assessment, peer- and self-assessment, standard setting, effectiveness evaluation, higher education assessment)

Teacher and student attitudes, values, & beliefs (esp. validity and reliability studies of instruments focusing on effects of attitudes on outcomes and behaviour and related beliefs, such as teaching, learning, and curriculum)

Cross-cultural comparative research (esp. interest in Chinese/East Asian studies)

Masters and Doctoral

Professor Toni Bruce
+64 9 623 8899 ext 48646
Auto-ethnography, ethnographic fiction, narrative writing, in-depth interviewing, surveys, content and textual media analysis, feminist approaches Gender, race/ethnicity, national identity, sport, physical activity, the body, sociology of sport, marketing, sport management

Theoretical traditions include cultural studies, feminism, interpretive interactionism, postmodernism.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Pat Bullen
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48535
Experienced in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research Adolescent development with a particular focus on positive youth development.

Specific areas of interest include: mentoring and programme evaluation, extracurricular activities, education and employment transitions, health literacy, motivation, achievement, engagement, identity, cultural identity, youth participation, positive psychology, subjective well-being and adjustment.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Angel Chan
+64 9 373 7999
ext 48884
Qualitative, life story, action research, ethnography, narrative and discourse analysis

Early childhood education, sociology of childhood, immigration and education, parenting, learning and teaching within Chinese contexts, transnationalism, identity theories, critical multiculturalism, critical pedagogy.

Masters and Doctoral

Megan Clune
+64 9 373 7999
ext 48216
Qualitative and quantitative approaches

Primary mathematics, science and technology education, digital technologies and pedagogy.

Honours and Masters 

Dr Helene Connor
+64 9 623 8899 ext: 48393

Qualitative methodologies including in-depth interviewing and focus group interviews

Quantitative methodologies including surveys and analysis of data sets

Narrative methodologies including: biographical research, collective biographical research, auto-ethnography, story-telling methodology, life histories

Levels of education/professional practice: Higher Education; Secondary teaching; Mental Health
Subject knowledge: Maori education, social practice, Gender, feminism, Maori feminism, Peace education, Women and HIV, research on Mothering, identity politics
Key issues – cultural identity, marginalised experiences, mana wahine Maori, transcultural social practice, refugee and migrant communities, social justice, diaspora, transnational, spirituality
Theoretical approaches: kaupapa Maori, Postmodern, narrative, critical theory
Key theorists or researchers: Graham Smith, Linda Smith, Alison Jones, Kuni Jenkins, Leonie Pihama, Mason Durie, Fiona Cram, Elaine Ginsberg, Stuart Hall, bell hooks, Chris Weedon

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Maria Cooper
+64 9 373 7999
ext 48786
Qualitative / Interpretive / Case study / Interviews / Focus groups / Observations (in ECE settings) / Video-Stimulated Recall

Early childhood education: educational leadership / teacher leadership / assessment / infant-toddler pedagogy and curriculum / pedagogies of care / children's interests and inquiries / culturally responsive pedagogy / equity and empowerment in early childhood / Pasifika children in mainstream settings / teacher-family partnerships / teacher beliefs, knowledge and understandings. 

Sociocultural theory (Vygotsky, Rogoff)

Cultural-historical activity theory (Vygotsky, Engestrom, Edwards).


Lisa Darragh


All Qualitative research approaches

Mathematics education, identity, socio-political issues in mathematics education, neo-liberalism, professional learning and development in mathematics education.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Maree Davies
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48628
Mixed methods, quasi experimental, experimental designs

Secondary education, adolescent cognition, critical thinking, critical thinking discourse analysis, surface to deep learning, pedagogy suitable for adolescent learners, motivation and engagement of adolescent learners, teaching adolescent learners, issues with NCEA, and learning incorporating digital technologies, dialogical discussions, dialogic teaching, neurological changes in adolescents, neuroscience and learning

Honours, Masters and Doctoral

Dr Kelsey Deane
+64 9 623 7599
ext 48685
Quantitative, qualitative and mixed method applied research, including: Experimental, Quasi-Experimental, Theory-Driven and Participatory evaluation research designs, Action Research and advanced statistical analysis

Youth development, Youth programming, Programme evaluation, Social psychology, Community psychology,

Masters and Doctoral

Associate Professor Helen Dixon
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48547
Qualitative methodology, In particular case study and practitioner research. Research related to aspects of: assessment for learning, self-regulated learning, self-efficacy, teachers' beliefs, academic  study.  Within the contexts of compulsory schooling or higher education

Masters and Doctoral


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Name Preferred Methodologies Supervision Area
Associate Professor Fiona Ell
+64 9 623 8899
ext 89847
Qualitative and quantitative approaches

Mathematics education, specifically primary.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr John Fenaughty
+64 9 373 7999
ext 48513
Qualitative methodologies including in-depth interviewing, focus group interviews.
Ethnographic methodologies including fieldwork, classroom observations.
Quantitative methodologies including surveys, analysis of data sets; specific forms of analysis including t-tests, SPSS.
Narrative methodologies including auto-ethnography, ethnographic fiction, oral history.

Community, health agencies, early childhood, secondary, primary, higher education, physical education, social work, counselling, Māori education, Pacific education, ICT, technology, media, maths education, science education, dance, curriculum policy, cultural identity, school leadership, higher education philosophy, marginalised experiences, Social realism, postmodernism, symbolic interactionism, kaupapa Māori.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Esther Fitzpatrick
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48518

Qualitative: Critical autoethnography, collaborative autoethnography, Duoethnography, Narrative Inquiry. Methods: Semi structured interview, Thematic analysis, A/r/tography, Poetry, Visual, writing as a method of inquiry.

Ethnic and cultural identity constructions, embodiment, Postcolonial and immigration experiences and tensions, primary and higher education, pedagogical knowledge: Arts based pedagogy, Hauntology, Decolonisation.

Masters and Doctoral

Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48652
Qualitative, critical and ethnographic

Health education, physical education: issues of culture, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity in health and physical education, and critical ethnography.

Masters and Doctoral

Annaline Flint

+64 9 623 8899
ext 48237


Qualitative methodology; Practitioner research; Action research; Some quantitative and mixed methods experience

Teacher beliefs – expectations, self-efficacy, goal orientation, motivation, relatedness to students, passion for teaching; engagement Values education; Beginning teacher induction and mentoring

Masters and Honours

Professor Christa Fouché
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48648
Mixed Methods research and Applied Research, including Evaluation research, Action research, Intervention Research and Need Assessments

Social Services,
Workforce development, Practice Research

Masters and Doctoral

Professor Janet S Gaffney
+64 9 623 8899
Qualitative and quantitative, using descriptive and experimental approaches, including case studies

Literacy learning and leading focused on merging the development of innovative and collaborative teacher leaders, who design and implement oral and written language interventions for children and youth with and without disabilities, in order to transform literacy outcomes of students and facilitate sustainable processes for system (districts, schools, classrooms) revitalization.

Masters and Doctoral

Associate Professor Barbara Grant
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48272
Qualitative; feminist; critical; post structural; discourse analysis; textual analysis

Higher education - critical and post critical (including feminist) theories of higher education. Academic identities, discourses of higher education; academic writing; supervision of graduate students; equity in higher education.

Masters and Doctoral

Associate Professor Lexie Grudnoff
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48890
Qualitative research methodologies

Research related to new teacher professional learning and development including initial teacher education, the practicum, beginning teachers, teacher inquiry, induction and mentoring.

Masters and Doctoral

Associate Professor Eleanor Hawe
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48733
Naturalistic field study; ethnography; case study; grounded theory; qualitative strategies, eg: interviews, participant observation; analysis of qualitative data. Assessment in primary and secondary schooling and higher education with an emphasis on assessment for learning - including feedback, development of students' evaluative knowledge and expertise, peer review, student self-monitoring and self-regulation.

Use of exemplars as resources for teaching and learning.

Reporting student progress and achievement.

Masters and Doctoral
Professor Helen Hedges
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48606
Qualitative/interpretivist, especially case study.

Early childhood curriculum, early childhood pedagogy, young children's learning and cognition, research with young children as participants, teacher beliefs and knowledge, teacher professional development, student teaching practicum experiences.

Masters and Doctoral

Paul Heyward
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48447

Drama in Education, Critical reflection, the Moral and Political nature of teaching, Boys underachievement.


Dr Camilla Highfield
+64 9 373 7599
ext 48929
Mixed methods approaches such as questionnaires, interviews, analysis of data sets, classroom observations.

School and middle leadership, teacher professional learning and development, facilitation, schooling improvement, assessment, measurement of student outcomes, primary and secondary contexts.

Subject knowledge: the Arts, secondary school assessment, government policy.

Masters and doctoral

Dr Te Kawehau Hoskins
+64 9 623 8899
ext 84213
‘Kaupapa Māori’ and other sociological approaches.

Māori Education

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Ian Hyslop
+64 9 373 7599
ext 46439

Qualitative study - in depth interviews, focus groups and theoretically informed data analysis.

Have some limited experience in the analysis of narrative accounts of lived experience.

Research related to social work, service recipients, and the lived experience of relative poverty.

Effectiveness of current approaches to the delivery of social work services form the perspective of social workers and service recipients.

Critcal realism and marxist dialectics.

Relevant theorists include Bhaskar and Callinicos.



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Name Preferred Methodologies Supervision Area
Dr Rebecca Jesson
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48162


Quasi-experimental methodologies including schooling interventions, design experiments and the Learning Schools Model.

Mixed- methods school-based research combining student achievement data with qualitative data sources, including case studies, classroom observation, student and teacher interview data. 

Literacy acquisition and literacy education, Writing and pedagogy of writing, transfer and application of textual knowledge, Intertextuality and dialogism in literacy learning, cognitive and socio-cultural theories of literacy acquisition and development, culturally responsive approaches to literacy pedagogy.

Masters and Doctoral

Professor Alison Jones
+64 9 623 8899
ext 88117
Qualitative methodologies; theoretical argument; text and discourse analysis; historical research Sociology of education; history of schooling; Māori-Pākeha relations in education and research; cross-cultural pedagogy; Pacific education; feminist theory and research; critical theory; applications of post structuralism in education.

Masters and Doctoral
Dr Peter Keegan
+64 9 623 8899
ext 84406

Māori language and education

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Frances Kelly
+64 9 373 7999
ext 48669
Discourse analysis and textual analysis; qualitative methodologies; narrative methodologies; archival research; visual analysis.

Higher education; doctoral education and supervision; history of education; discourses of education (including education in popular culture); academic writing.

Masters and Doctoral

Professor Susan P Kemp
+64 9 373 7999
ext 48489
Qualitative and interpretive methodologies:
Historical analysis
Discourse analysis
Textual analysis
Feminist /critical analysis
Interviews & focus groups
Place-based methods

The environmental and sociospatial dimensions of social work practice
Community-and place-based social interventions
Ecological and community-centered approaches to child, youth, and family services
Social responses to environmental change/climate change
Public child welfare
Social work history and theory
Women and gender

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Barbara Kensington-Miller
+64 9 923 2091
ext 82091
Qualitative and Quantitative

Mathematics education, Professional development, Mentoring, Cultural issues, Secondary and tertiary education in mathematics, higher education, academic identities, threshold concepts.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Louise Keown
+64 9 373 7599
ext 86435
Quantitative methods, including observational, questionnaire and structured interview data collection methods.

Parenting and family relationships. Fathers' influence on development. Cultural influences on parenting and child development. Parenting interventions using the Triple P Parenting Program.

Developmental Psychology, especially temperament, social and emotional development. Atypical behavioural development including ADHD, preschool behaviour problems and hyperactivity.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Mei Kuin Lai
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48142
Mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative); Problem-based methodology

Schooling improvement and school change; research-development interventions to improve teaching and learning; sustainability of school reforms; professional learning communities.

Masters and Doctoral

Associate Professor Kumar Laxman
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48131
Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods

ICT in education, instructional design and technology, e-learning, m-learning, problem-based learning, alternative pedagogy

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Kerry Lee
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48529
Mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) case studies, quasi experimental interventions and surveys.

Interventions in education including Pasifika involvement, digital learning, ICT in education, e-learning, m-learning,Technology Education, Enterprise Education, and nutritional changes in primary settings.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Deidre Le Fevre
+64 9 623 8899
ext 89843
Qualitative and mixed-methods. Longitudinal, ethnographic, case-study approaches. Practitioner and action research

Teacher learning, professional development, school change and improvement initiatives, leadership, pre-service pedagogy, beginning teacher development, literacy and arts education.

Masters and Doctoral


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Name Preferred Methodologies Supervision Area
Associate Professor Jay Marlowe
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48248
Qualitative, constructivist grounded theory

Refugees, resettlement, trauma, loss and grief, cross cultural practice, social work practice, social work education, working with youth and youth deemed ‘at risk’

Masters and Doctoral

Jacoba Matapo
+64 9 373 7999
ext 82662
Pasifika methodologies including, Tuvaevae, Talanoa, Teu le va, Ula model, decolonising methodologies.
Qualitative methodologies, interviewing and focus groups.
Ethnography, auto-ethnography and field work.
Post qualitative methodologies, Rhizomatic analysis (rhizo-mapping), post-human, new-materialism.

Pasifika research, Early Childhood Education (pedagogy and leadership), arts-based education practice, Pasifika pedagogy, online learning (blended learning approaches).


Dr Janet May
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48854
Qualitative research methods including phenomenology, interpretive, case study and appreciative inquiry. 

Counsellor education and higher education including pedagogy and curriculum issues, educator personal teaching philosophies and developing of students’ theoretical frameworks. Clinical and professional supervision in health and social services including evaluation of supervision.  Additional interests include counselling in primary health care.  


Dr Lawrence May
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48854
Qualitative approaches and digital ethnographic methodologies.

Learning design/instructional design, digital technologies/ICT in education, higher education, digital pedagogies, game studies, gamification, digital cultures, social media, interactive media, narratology.

Masters and Doctoral

Professor Stephen May
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48410
Critical and/or social constructivist approaches to linguistics, ethnography, discourse analysis.

Language policy, language rights, language education, multicultural education, multiculturalism, the politics of ethnicity and nationalism

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Lyn McDonald
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48710
Qualitative research including case study

Mentoring of students and teachers, student teacher learning on practicum, the role of the visiting lecturer or professional supervisor in student teacher learning, the role of associate teachers, professional learning, links in learning between the university and schools, teacher expectations

Honours, Masters and Doctoral

Professor Stuart McNaughton
+64 9 373 7599
ext 87541
Quantitative and qualitative using both experimental and descriptive approaches including case studies. Developmental psychology in general and aspects of children’s literacy and language development and cultural processes, in educational and family settings.
Masters and Doctoral
Dr Graham McPhail
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48511
Qualitative methods including ethnographic case studies (Interviews, observations, focus groups) and action research.

Subject knowledge: music education, curriculum design, one-to-one music pedagogy
Key issues: knowledge in the curriculum, curriculum design, pedagogy
Theoretical approaches: sociology of education, social realism
Key theorists or researchers: Basil Bernstein

Masters and Doctoral

Bing Mei
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48153
Quantitative methodologies including surveys, analysis of data sets; specific forms of analysis including t-tests, SPSS, R, structural equation modelling

Technology acceptance, computer assisted learning, digital pedagogy, ICT, teacher education


Dr Kane Meissel
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48722
Experimental and quasi-experimental design; Project evaluation; Applied research methodologies (quantitative or mixed/multiple methods); Quantitative methodologies including Hierarchical Linear Modelling; Structural Equation Modelling, Longitudinal Studies; Rasch/Item Response Theory; Questionnaire Design

Educational Psychology, with a particular interest in supervising students utilising advanced quantitative methodologies to address equity-related questions within the Educational sector. As the Education Domain lead for the major longitudinal study, Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ), I am especially interested in hearing from prospective doctoral students interested in working with GUiNZ data.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Frauke Meyer
+64 9 373 7599
ext 48471

Mixed methods using both experimental and descriptive approaches. Quantitative analysis (using SPSS) and qualitative, interpretive thematic analysis (using NVivo)

Educational leadership including leadership interventions, school improvement, problem-solving in educational contexts, school leaders' conversations and feedback, goal-setting in educational contexts; literacy practices, teacher judgment and bias

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Naashia Mohamed
+64 9 968 8765
ext 48434

Qualitative methodologies including in-depth interviewing

Ethnographic methodologies including classroom observations


Language teaching methodology, bilingualism, bilingual education, language policy, teacher professional development, development of writing skills, teacher feedback


Professor John Morgan
+64 9 623 8899
ext 46398
Critical theory, social and cultural theory Environmental sustainability and education; geographical education; social and cultural studies of education; curriculum studies and practice; teacher education; studies of curriculum policy and ICT

Previous doctoral supervisions in social studies and citizenship in Taiwan, Steiner Education and Geography Teaching, citizenship and neoliberalism, free and open software in Turkey

Masters' supervisions in new media, educational policy, geography education

Masters and Doctoral

Professor Missy Morton
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48775
Qualitative and participatory methodologies

Disability studies in education, inclusive education, and the sociology of special education

Structures and practices that support teachers and schools to welcome all children, young people and their families and provide a quality education for all students

Disability Studies and social constructionism


Associate Professor Carol Mutch
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48257


Qualitative research, including case study, narrative, ethnography, discourse analysis

Mixed methods – qualitative plus document analysis, survey and single case design

Social studies and citizenship education

Curriculum development and implementation

Education policy and history

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Molly Mullen
+64 9 373 7599
ext 48678
Qualitative methodologies and methods, ethnographic research, organisational research, arts based research, participatory methods.

Applied theatre, community based arts, theatre and drama education (early childhood through to adult education), youth theatre.
Economic, organisational and management issues in applied theatre, ecology and sustainability, arts and social justice /social change.
Feminism, postmodernism, poststructuralism, performance theories.

Masters and Doctoral

Associate Professor Alan Ovens
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48605
Methodologies for researching lived experience such as phenomenological hermeneutics, group memory-work, and narrative analysis. Also interested in action research and the concept of reflexivity in methodology.

Teacher education with a particular interest in the practicum. Physical education with an emphasis in areas such as: learning in through and about games; the sociology of the body; and the concept and nature of good teaching in PE.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Darren Powell
+64 9 373 7999
ext 48647
Qualitative, critical, ethnographic, and visual methods approaches, including: one-to-one and group interviews, photo-elicitation interviews, classroom observations, field work, documentary evidence, case studies, policy analysis, discourse analysis and conducting research with children and teachers.

Health education; physical education; primary, intermediate and secondary schooling; critical obesity studies; childhood obesity; children's (un)healthy lifestyles; fat studies; critical ethnography; advertising and marketing to children; the privatisation, corporatisation and commercialisation of education; health promotion in schools; food and nutrition education; body image; sexuality education; sociology of the body; corporate philanthropy; children and young people's understanding of health, fitness, fatness, sport, physical activity, exercise and play.

Masters and Doctoral

Professor Elizabeth Rata
+64 9 623 8899
ext 46315
Ethnography, document analysis, policy analysis, historical research, qualitative methods, higher education.

Curriculum theory and practice, Knowledge and epistemology, Politics of knowledge, Cultural Politics; History of Education; Sociology of Education; Public Policy; Political Studies; Māori Education; Indigeneity, ethnicity and identity studies; Socio-economic class, Higher Education and International Education.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Brian Rodgers
+64 9 373-7599
ext 48811
Qualitative research methodologies including in-depth interviews, open ended surveys, thematic analysis, grounded theory, hermeneutic literature reviews, and case study research.

Counselling and psychotherapy, the use of technology, mind-body work, criminality, suicide, gender and sexuality, social anxiety, workplace and leadership, and spirituality. 

Masters and Doctoral

Professor Christine Rubie-Davies
+64 9 373-7599
ext 82974
Quantitative and Qualitative methodology

Teacher expectations, teacher beliefs, teacher bias, under-privileged students, minority group students, Māori, the instructional and socio-emotional climate of the classroom

Masters and Doctoral



Name Preferred Methodologies Supervision Area
Dr Tanya Samu
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48339
Pacific research methodologies, discourse analysis, document analysis, post-colonial and indigenous decolonization methodologies
Levels of education/professional practice: secondary schooling; teacher education (ITE & PLD ); higher education.
Subject knowledge: Pacific/Pasifika education; national curriculum development & implementation; social studies/social sciences education; educating for diversity & difference


Dr Ritesh Shah
+64 9 623 8899
ext 46356
Qualitative and mixed-methods approaches: surveys, interviews, focus groups, classroom observations, Most Significant Change (MSC), participant observation

Key research issues/interests: Education and international development, comparative and international education, education in conflict-affected/fragile state environments, education in Oceania (including the Pacific); education and globalisation; educational policy studies; teachers' work and identity; evaluation approaches and methodologies. Theoretical approaches: critical realism, complexity theory, post-colonial theory.


Associate Professor Claire Sinnema
+64 9 623 8899
ext 46426
Mixed methods, qualitative, case study, problem-based methodology, practitioner inquiry, systematic and integrative literature review

Educational leadership - including leadership interventions, school improvement, principal and teacher evaluation/appraisal, problem-solving in educational contexts and educational leaders¹ interpersonal capabilities, conversations and feedback

Curriculum - including national and local curriculum policy, implementation and evaluation and comparative studies

Inquiry oriented practice ­ including practitioner inquiry, Teaching as Inquiry, inquiry-oriented teaching standards, student voice

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Alexis Siteine
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48508

Citizenship and Identity as well as Social Studies Education

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Barbara Staniforth
+64 9 373 7999
ext 48349
Qualitative methods, mixed methodologies and oral history collection.

Clinical social work, working in the areas of treatment for depression, grief and loss, anxiety disorders and personality disorders, cognitive behavioural theory, dialectical behaviour therapy and mindfulness practice, professional social work identity, history of social work and social workers, mental health, counselling in social work and biculturalism.

Masters and Doctoral

Associate Professor Jason M Stephens
+64 9 623 7999
ext 46409
Predominantly quantitative methodologies including survey development, correlational and experimental research designs, statistical analysis of data sets; specific forms of analysis include chi-square analysis, t-tests, ANOVA, OLS and logistic regression analyses, confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling.
Some qualitative methodologies including interviewing, focus groups, and document analysis.

Educational psychology--academic motivation, self-regulation, moral development and functioning, character education, cheating behaviour, blended learning, and learning analytics.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Sean Sturm
+64 9 923 3145
ext 83145
I have expertise in qualitative and narrative methodologies, but have a particular interest in critical-creative approaches to research and writing, including autoethnography, hermeneutics and ficto-criticism. Following areas of higher education research:
- the philosophy of education (especially critical theory in education)
- critical pedagogy
- the "idea" of the university
- critique and creativity in the university
- learning and teaching spaces, online and "offline"
- assessment of learning and teaching
- the scholarship of teaching and learning
- the doctorate, especially doctoral pedagogy and doctoral candidates as academics
- writing pedagogy
I am comfortable with many theoretical approaches, but have a particular focus, as my research interests suggest, on the philosophy of education and critical theory.

Masters and Doctoral


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Name Preferred Methodologies Supervision Area
Dr Jennifer Tatebe
+64 9 923 6686
ext 87906


Discourse analysis
Focus groups
Classroom observations

Primary, secondary, higher education
Subject knowledge: Social Sciences curriculum, higher education
Key issues: Social justice and equity in education, Disadvantage/privilege, Social class and poverty, Initial Teacher Education, Priority learners
Theoretical approaches: Critical theory

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Sophie Tauwehe Tamati
+64 9 923 6686
ext 48705

Qualitative methodologies including in-depth interviewing and focus group interviews.

Quantitative methodologies including surveys, analysis of data sets.

Levels of education/professional practice: Primary, Secondary, Higher Education, Maori bilingual units, Maori immersion units, Kura Kaupapa Maori, Wharekura.

Subject knowledge: Transacquisition pedagogy, Maori medium education, Bilingual education, Second language acquisition, Language learning and teaching, Bilingualism and Biliteracy.

Key issues - indigenous language loss, language change, language revitalisation, language evolution, flexible bilingualism, language fluidity.

Theoretical approaches - Kaupapa Maori, Conceptual progression, Social realism.

Key theorists or researchers - Lev Vygotsky, Jim Cummins, Nancy Hornberger, Elizabeth Rata, Basil Bernstein.


Dr Marek Tesar
+64 9 623 8899
ext 46375
Methodologies related to Posthuman, Post-qualitative and New Materialist discourses. Policy analysis, qualitative methodologies, poststructuralism, ethnographic and narrative methodologies, archival research.

Posthumanism, New Materialism, Post-Qualitative research. Early childhood education, childhood studies, children's literature. Philosophy of education and history of education. International Education.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Constanza Tolosa
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48692
Qualitative, mixed methods including questionnaires, interviews, conversation analysis

Teaching of languages in schools, Language teacher education, Teachers’ beliefs, Use of technology in language teaching.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Tony Trinick
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48905
Mixed methods

Development of Māori medium curriculum. Māori medium mathematical discourse. The teaching and learning of mathematics in Māori medium contexts.


Robyn Trinick
ext 48700
Qualitative methodolgies including in-depth interviewing with both children and adults, focus group interviews with children, teachers and whānau  (WFRC)

Ethnographic methodologies including extensive fieldwork, classroom and community observations (WFRC + MEd)

Experience in PI role, covering whole research process from ethics application to final report (WFRC)

Case studies.
Levels/contexts: early childhood, primary, community

Subject knowledge: music education, arts education, music and language development, working in a bicultural setting (for non-Māori), community education, the key competencies, second language learning through the arts, multi-modal learning, connections between 'sound and symbol'

Angela Tsai
+64 9 623 8899 ext 81552


In-depth interviewing; focus-group interviews; questionnaires; classroom observations; auto-ethnography

Higher education; science education; undergraduate; educational technologies; assessment; constructive alignment; metacognition of learning


Dr Kaye Twyford
+64 9 623 8899 ext 48142


Qualitative, Case study approaches

Educational leadership; educational change; professional learning

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Gillian Ward
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48840
Mixed methods

Educational administration, science and chemistry education, secondary teacher education, learning and work environment studies.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Janna Wardman
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48258
Mixed methods; whatever is appropriate to the area of research

Gifted education – any area

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Penelope Watson
+64 9 623 8899
ext 46424

Mixed methods: quantitative and qualitative methods.

Gender issues, gender stereotypes and stereotype threat, teacher expectations and their influence on student outcomes, the relationship between student ethnicity and gender, and the social psychology of the classroom.

Masters and Doctoral

Associate Professor Melinda Webber
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48456

Identity, Ethnicity, and/or Hybridity studies. Teaching, Learning and Māori students.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Deborah Widdowson
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48564
Qualitative methodologies: in-depth/open-ended interviews, focus group interviews
Ethnographic methodologies: fieldwork, observation, 
Quantitative methodologies: surveys - online and pencil and paper, structured interviews, structured observations
Mixed-methods: mixing of various qualitative and quantitative methodologies

Subect knowledge: Child development, cognitive and conceptual development, language and literacy development and learning.
Key issues:  transition to school; socio-cultural perspectives on development and learning; communicative/dialogic practices and writing genres; biological thinking; development of children’s theories and causal explanations in adult-child conversations
Key theorists/researchers - Lev Vygotsky, Barbara Rogoff, Mikhail Bakhtin, Ann Hass Dyson, W Hanks, Maureen Callanan

Masters and Doctoral

Dr Aaron Wilson
+64 9 373 7599
ext 48574

Mixed methods within quasi-experimental designs,analysis of NCEA data, classroom observations, questionnaires and interviews

Main research interests are related to improving outcomes for Maori and Pasifika students and students in low socio-economic communitities. I have a particular interest in secondary schooling but have supervised and conducted research in primary schools as well. Particular areas of interest are:
Disciplinary literacy,Literacy in mathematics and the sciences,NCEA,Subject English,Teacher professional learning and development,Reading comprehension,Writing,Promoting productive classroom talk/dialogue apoproaches.

Masters and Doctoral

Dr 'Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki
+64 9 373 7599
ext 89052
Pasifika Methodology, Qualitative

Pasifika Education, Emergent Literacy, Student Retention and Achievement, Leadership Skills. Any topics on Early Childhood Education especially with Pasifika communities.

Masters and Doctoral

Professor Lawrence Zhang
+64 9 623 8899
ext 48750
Qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods

Bilingual-biliteracy acquisition/learning, metacognition in literacy learning, school-based intervention on literacy development (reading and writing), home-school literacy practices, TESOL, teacher development, teacher identity, teacher cognition and change.

Masters and Doctoral