Dr Jude Ann MacArthur

BA (Hons, 1st Class) University of Otago 1981; PhD in Education, University of Otago 1993; Diploma of Teaching, Dunedin College of Education, 1981; NZ Diploma of Teaching, NZ Department of Education, 1983.


Jude began her working life as a primary teacher, followed by thirteen years lecturing in Teacher Education and Education Studies at the University of Otago where she taught in the fields of Inclusive Education and Human Development. From 2000-2006, while her children were young, she worked in disability research as a part-time senior researcher at the Donald Beasley Institute in Dunedin.  During this time she led national research projects for the Ministry of Education and led a NZ Royal Society Marsden funded research project with Dr. Michael Gaffney from the University of Otago on the school experiences and identities of children and young people with disabilities as they transitioned from primary to secondary school. In 2011 she joined Massey University's  Specialist Teaching team, coordinating an endorsement for experienced teachers in education for children and young people with complex educational needs.  While at Massey she taught courses in inclusive education and was part of the team delivering a large postgraduate paper in Professional Inquiry. Jude joined the School of Critical Studies in Education in 2019 where she teaches in the areas of Inclusive Education and Disability Policy . 

Research | Current

Research Interests

Jude's research interests are in the field of rights, equity and inclusion in education for children and young people with disabilities, and in Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies as a conceptual framework for exploring children’s and young people’s school experience. Recent projects focus on students’ perspectives on learning support at school; communities of practice to enhance inclusive practices in schools;  narrative assessment for students with disabilities at secondary school; a needs analysis in the area of teaching and studnets with autism; and teacher education to support the development of inclusive school communities.

Recent Research Projects

  • Learning support  at secondary school: using disabled students’ perspectives to transform teaching practice.(Massey University Research Fund). With Dr. Vijaya Dharan, Massey University, and Dr. Gill Rutherford, University of Otago. (2017-2018)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder – An Aotearoa/New Zealand Educational Needs Analysis Nationwide surveys of (1) schools, and education professionals, and (2) students with ASD and their families, based on the Australian Autism CRC Project (with permission). With Dr. Vijaya Dharan, Massey University. 2018-2020
  • Using narrative assessment to support secondary school teachers' inclusive practices. New Zealand Council for Educational Research, teaching and Learning Research Initiative. With Prof Missy Morton (Principal Invesitgator) and Dr Anne Marie McIlroy (Associate Investigator). 2019-2020

Selected publications

Refereed books

  • Berman, J. & MacArthur, J. (2018). (Eds). Student perspectives on school: Informing inclusive practice. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Carrington, S., and MacArthur, J.  (2012) (Eds). Teaching in inclusive school communities. 1st edition. Milton, Queensland: Wiley and Sons Publishers.
  • MacArthur, J. (2009). Learning Better Together, Wellington: IHC.   www.inclusive.tki.org.nz/assets/Uploads/learning-better-together.pdf     

Refereed journal articles and book chapters

  • Attwood,S., MacArthur, J. & Kearney, A. (2019): Beginner secondary teacher preparedness for inclusion, International Journal of Inclusive Education, DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2019.1625455
  • Carrington, S. MacArthur, J. Kearney, A., Kimber, M., Mercer, L., Morton, M., & Rutherford, J. (2012). Towards an inclusive education for all. In S. Carrington & J. MacArthur (Eds). Teaching in inclusive school communities. 1st edition. Milton, Queensland: Wiley and Sons Publishers, pp. 3-38.
  • Clark, P. & MacArthur, J. (2008). Children with physical disability: Gaps in service provision, problems joining in. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 44(7-8)  455–458.
  • Higgins, N., MacArthur, J. & Rietveld, C. (2006).  Higgledy-piggledy policy: Confusion about inclusion.  Childrenz Issues, 10 (1), 30-36.
  • Higgins, N., MacArthur, J. & Morton, M. (2007). Winding back the clock: The retreat of New Zealand inclusive education policy. New Zealand Annual Review of Education, 17, 145-167.
  • MacArthur, J., Sharp, S.,  Gaffney, M.,  & Kelly, B. (2007).  Does it matter that my body is different?  Disabled children, impairment, disability and identity.  Childrenz Issues, 11, (2), 25-30.
  • MacArthur, J., Gaffney, M., Kelly, B., and Sharp, S. (2007). Disabled children negotiating school life: Agency, difference, teaching practice and education policy.  International Journal of Children’s Rights, 15, (1), 99-120.
  • Higgins, N., MacArthur, J. & Kelly, B. (2009). Including disabled children at school: Is it really as easy as A,C,D? International Journal of Inclusive Education. 13 (5), 471–487.
  • MacArthur, J. & McKenzie, M. (2013).  Ethics in research with children. In N. Higgins & C. Freeman (Eds). Childhoods in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Dunedin, NZ: University of Otago Press, pp. 77-91.
  • MacArthur, J. (2013) Guest Introduction. In Centre for Excellence in Inclusive Education, Issues in Inclusive Education, Palmerston North: Dunmore Press, pp. 11-22.
  • MacArthur, J. (2013). Sustaining friendships, relationships and rights at school, International Journal of Inclusive Education,17 (8), 793-811.
  • MacArthur, J. (2013). Case study 10: Dilemmas at school: How and when to support the inclusion of students with a disability.  A. Graham, M. Powell, N. Taylor, D. Anderson & R. Fitzgerld (2013). Ethical research involving children. Florence:UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti.
  • MacArthur, J., Higgins, N. & Quinlivan, K. (2012). Children’s and young people’s social participation. In S. Carrington & J. MacArthur (Eds). Teaching in inclusive school communities. 1st edition. Milton, Queensland: Wiley and Sons Publishers, pp. 237-266.
  • MacArthur, J. & Rutherford, G. (2016). Success for ALL? Re-envisioning New Zealand Schools and Classrooms as Places Where 'Rights' Replace 'Special'. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies51, 15-174.
  • MacArthur, J., McLaughlan, T., & Gaffney, M. (2020). Early childhood education: Special educational needs and disabilities. In Waniganayake, M. (Ed.) Bloomsbury education and childhood studies: Early childhood education, Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • McCartney, B., Purdue, K., & MacArthur, J. (2013). Progressing Te Whariki from rhetoric to reality for children with disabilities and their families. In J. Nutthal (Ed), Weaving te Whāriki. (2nd ed). Wellington: NZCER, pp. 115-133.
  • Mentis, M., Holley-Boen, W., Butler, P., Kearney, A., Budd, J., Riley, T., MacArthur, J., Dharan, V., &  Bevan-Brown, J. (2016). Māwhai: Webbing a professional identity through networked interprofessional communities of practice. Teaching and Teacher Education60, 66–75. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2016.08.008
  •  Morton, M.,  Higgins, N., MacArthur, J.,  Phillips, H. (2013). Introduction to the special issue – making inclusive education happen: Ideas for sustainable change. International Journal of Inclusive Education, Vol 17 (8), 753-761.
  • Rutherford, G. & MacArthur, J. (2018). What’s wrong with ‘special’? Thinking differently in New Zealand teacher education. In K. Runswick-Cole & K. Liddiard (Eds) Building Understandings: Child, youth, family and disability. UK: Palgrave.


Teaching | Current

EDUC/EDUCM 321: Politics, Philosophy and Education

EDPROFST 734: Inclusive classroom contexts

EDPROFST 764: Directions in Disability Policy and Practice

Areas of expertise

Disabled children’s childhood studies; inclusive education and teacher education; disabled children’s and young people’s rights at school; students with complex needs; ethics in research with children; qualitative research.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 304
New Zealand