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In 2013 I was made an Honorary Member of the New Zealand Association of Normal School Principals, and in 2017 an Honorary Life Member of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education.
In 2012 I received the Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand career excellence award and a Massey University Research Excellence medal.
For several years I was an elected Council member of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (2009-2013).
I serve on the editorial advisory boards of several international scholarly journals: Irish Educational Studies; Educational Management, Administration and Leadership; International Journal of Research and Method in Education; Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy
My research interests are: the relationships between education policy and teachers' work and learning, educational privatisations, informal teaching and learning in everyday settings, children's rights and capabilities, and applied professional ethics.
I have worked at Massey University since 1994. Previously I lectured at Leicester University in England, following ten years as a teacher of students with special educational needs in primary and secondary schools.
I am an elected Board member of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (2019-) and an invited member of the Academic Advisory Board of Ako Mātātupu Teach First NZ (2020-).
I was a Ministerially appointed member of the Independent Taskforce to Review Tomorrow’s Schools (2018-2019)
I was an invited member on the Marsden Fund Social Sciences Panel (2012-2016) and the Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) (2012).
A major strand of my research for over twenty five years has been the relationships between education policy and teachers' work and learning. There are two key questions here.
The first requires examination of policy trajectories: how do particular aspects of education get framed as 'problems' or 'crises' that government needs to address, what language and processes are used to frame policy options and on what basis does the preferred policy option get selected? Then, how does the machinery of government, the polity, gear up to persuade teachers that it is in their interests to change their customary ways of teaching and interacting with students?
The second looks at the extent to which, and how, teachers and their representatives respond to policy. Do they change? On what basis do they accept new education policy as valuable, or not? How long does it take for policy to change teaching and learning practices? Whcih policies are beneficial, and which harmful?
Papers on these questions have been published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Journal of Educational Administration and History, Journal of Education Policy, Cambridge Journal of Education, Educational Research and Learning Culture and Social Interaction.
For many years I had a leadership role in research ethics at Massey, nationally, and in the New Zealand Association for Research in Education; and now the Association for Visual Pedagogies . The issues that interest me here concern:
Papers on these issues have been published in the International Journal of Research and Method in Education, Educational Action Research, Ethics and Education, Education Policty Futures and Educational Philosophy and Theory.
In addition to ongoing scholarly work in education policy and governance, I have recently been undertaking third party funded research programmes in three main areas:
21st Century Citizenship
Field of research codes
Education (130000): Education Systems (130100): Educational Administration, Management and Leadership (130304): Specialist Studies in Education (130300): Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
education policy, applied professional ethics
Project Title: TLRI: The impact of Children's everyday learning on teaching and learning in classrooms and across schools
Date Range: 2014 - 2019
Funding Body: New Zealand Council For Educational Research
Project Title: Research Medal 2012 - Supervisor - Teaching and Learning in community newspapers
Date Range: 2013 - 2014
Funding Body: Massey University
I currently teach educational leadership at postgraduate level and informal teaching and learning at undergraduate level.
I am particularly interested in supervising in the areas of education policy (teachers' work and privatisations), informal learning and teaching in everyday settings, and children's rights and capabilities.