UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Associate Professor Jo Fletcher

School of Teacher Education

Fields of Research

  • Motivating and supporting reading of young adolescent students
  • Literacy acquisition
  • Educational leadership in reading
  • Educational leadership during and after natural disasters
  • Supporting reading of Pasifika students in New Zealand schools
  • Supporting basic skills adult literacy learners
  • Adult literacy
  • Understanding the perceptions of students and parents in learning mathematics

Researcher Summary

Jo has been actively researching in several areas. Recently, she has led a multisite case study qualitative research project in a wide range of primary and intermediate schools. The investigation explored the views of principals, teachers, parents and students on supporting reading, mathematics and how elearning can be used to motivate learning. This case study investigation also explored the participants’ experiences during and after the Christchurch earthquakes.
Her PhD addressed better understandings of the wider systemic factors that support 11- to 13-year-old students in reading. Jo’s doctoral studies have resulted in numerous international publications and conference presentations. Her doctoral study was part of a Cognition Education Research Trust funded project investigating ‘Reading programmes in Year 7-8 primary classes that support effective literacy practices: What is happening and where to next?’
Jo was the principal co-investigator with Professor Niki Davis in a research project funded by the MOE to investigate ‘E-learning, mixed mode and distance learning for adult literacy, language and numeracy’. This research has led to international work in the area of adult literacy for speakers of English as a second language and exploring how e-learning can support English literacy acquisition.
Her earlier research focused on Pasifika students’ literacy achievement where she took a lead role as part of a research team, working with the guidance of matai.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Projects

Research Groups

Future Research

  • Reading: motivating struggling readers.
  • The wider systemic factors that influence learning to read
  • E-learning and adult literacy

Key Methodologies

  • Case study research
  • Sociocultural theories

Affiliations

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

Journal articles
  • Fletcher, J. (2013) Supporting Young Adolescent Students in Reading. Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal (LICEJ) 4(4): 1183-1191.
  • Fletcher, J., Grimley, M., Greenwood, J. and Parkhill, F. (2013) Raising reading achievement in an 'at risk', low socioeconomic, multicultural intermediate school. Journal of Research in Reading 36(2): 149-171. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9817.2011.01497.x.
  • Nicholas, K., Fletcher, J. and Davis, N. (2013) Using e-learning and digital technologies to overcome barriers for second-chance adult literacy learning. Journal of Teaching and Education 2(4): 313-321.
  • Nicholas, K., Fletcher, J. and Parkhill, F. (2013) Supporting 11 to 13 year old students' reading: perceptions of parents. International Journal about Parents in Education 7(1): 18-29.
  • Fletcher, J., Grimley, M., Greenwood, J. and Parkhill, F. (2012) Motivating and improving attitudes to reading in the final years of primary schooling in five New Zealand schools. Literacy 46(1): 3-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-4369.2011.00589.x.
  • Fletcher, J., Grimley, M., Greenwood, J. and Parkhill, F. (2012) What are the school-wide strategies that support sustained, regular and effective instructional reading programmes for 10-13-year-old students? A New Zealand experience. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice 18(4): 399-416. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13540602.2012.696043.
  • Fletcher, JF., Greenwood, J., Grimley, M., Parkhill, F. and Davis, N. (2012) What is happening when teachers of 11-13-year-old students take guided reading: A New Zealand snapshot. Educational Review 64(4): 425-449. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2011.625112.
  • Fletcher, J. (2011) Supporting adult English language learners using a web based programme. Journal of Adult Learning Aotearoa New Zealand 39(1): 14-25.
  • Fletcher, J., Greenwood, J., Grimley, M. and Parkhill, F. (2011) Raising literacy achievement in reading: How principals of 10-to 12-year-old students are making this happen. International Journal of Leadership in Education 14(1): 61-83. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2010.496873.
  • Fletcher, J., Nicholas, K. and Davis, N. (2011) Supporting adults to address their literacy needs using e-learning. Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning 15(1): 17-29.
  • Nicholas, K., Fletcher, J. and Somekh, B. (2011) The role of fathers in supporting their children's reading development. Journal of Reading, Writing and Literacy 5(2): 1-21.
  • Fletcher, J., Greenwood, J. and Parkhill, F. (2010) Are schools meeting their clients' expectations? Parents voice their perceptions about children learning to read in schools today. Teaching and Teacher Education 26(3): 438-446. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2009.05.011.
  • Phillips, J. and Fletcher, J. (2010) Reading Recovery: What Happens a Few Years on? A Literature Review. Reading Forum New Zealand 25(3): 11-15.
  • Fletcher, J., Bridges, S., Greenwood, J., Grimley, M. and Parkhill, F. (2009) What supports reading achievement? What doesn't? 10 to 12 year old students in New Zealand in five schools voice their views. The Journal of Reading, Writing and Literacy 4(3): 56-86.
  • Fletcher, J., Parkhill, F., Fa'afoi, A., Taleni, LT. and O'Regan, B. (2009) Pasifika students: teachers and parents voice their perceptions of what provides supports and barriers to Pasifika students' achievement in literacy and learning. Teaching and Teacher Education 25(1): 24-33. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2008.06.002.
  • Brooks, D. and Fletcher, J. (2008) Integrated use of ICT in primary schools: A case study of a high decile school. Set: Research Information for Teachers 1: 35-39.
  • Fletcher, J. and Williams, J. (2008) Motivating adult learners to improve their literacy skills: Barriers and supports. New Zealand Journal of Adult Learning 36(2): 20-39.
  • Fletcher, JF., Parkhill, FF., Fa'afoi, A. and Taleni, LT. (2008) Influences on Pasifika students' achievement in literacy. Set: Research Information for Teachers 1: 4-9.
  • Parkhill, F. and Fletcher, J. (2008) Asian students in New Zealand classrooms: Their perceptions of supports and barriers to reading achievement. set: Research Information for Teachers 2008(2): 39-42.
  • Parkhill, F., Fletcher, J., Greenwood, J., Grimley, M. and Bridges, S. (2008) Reading programmes in Year 7 -8 primary classes that support effective literacy practices: What is happening and where to next? Education-line: British Education Index Online
  • Fletcher, J. and Parkhill, F. (2007) What supports reading achievement? What doesn't? The views of Asian students. The Journal of Reading, Writing and Literacy 2(3): 105-137.
  • Taleni, LT., Parkhill, F., Fa'afoi, A. and Fletcher, J. (2007) Pasifika Students: What Supports them to Become Better Readers? Pacific-Asian Education 19(2): 64-82.
  • Fletcher, J. and Brooks, D. (2006) What makes for successful integrated use of ICT in a low-decile primary school? Set: Research Information for Teachers 1: 9-14.
  • Fletcher, J., Parkhill, F., Fa'afoi, A. and Morton, M. (2006) Poto He Anga: Collaboration and Consultation in Pasifika Research. Qualitative Research Journal 6(1): 36-50.
  • Fletcher, J., Parkhill, F., Fa'Afoi, A. and Taleni, LT. (2006) Pasifika students' perceptions of barriers and support to reading and writing achievement in New Zealand schools. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies 41(2): 163-182.
  • Parkhill, F., Fletcher, J. and Fa'afoi, A. (2006) What Makes for Success? Current Literacy Practices and the Impact of Family and Community on Pasifika Children's Literacy Learning. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies 40(1/2): 61-84.
  • Fletcher, J., Parkhill, F. and Fa'afoi, A. (2005) What factors promote and support Pasifika children in their reading and writing? Set 2: 2-8.
  • Parkhill, F., Fletcher, J. and Fa'afoi, A. (2005) Factors influencing Pasifika children’s achievement in literacy. Reading Forum New Zealand 20(3): 5-13.
  • Parkhill, F., Fletcher, J. and Fa'afoi, A. (2005) What makes for success? Current literacy practices and the impact of family and community on Pasifika children's literacy learning. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies 40(1-2): 61-84.
  • Fa'afoi, A., Fletcher, JF. and Parkhill, FF. (2004) Learning to read. Spasifik 5(66)
  • Fa'afoi, A. and Fletcher, JF. (2002) Na hakahita ki tagata Pahefika I te akoga haka haiakoga: Identifying barriers for Pacific Island student teachers. Many Voices 19: 24-31.
  • Fletcher, J. and Fa'afoi, A. (2001) How can we support Pacific Island students in teacher education? Christchurch College of Education Journal of Educational Research 6(1): 61-78.
Chapters
  • Fletcher, J. and Nicholas, K. (2016) Teachers' Lived Realities during and after a Natural Disaster: An Earthquake Case Study (in press). In Romero, D (Ed.), Natural Disasters: Risk Assessment, Management Strategies and Challenges: 85-100. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Nicholas, K. and Fletcher, J. (2016) The effects major earthquakes have on young adolescent children from the perspective of their parents and other stakeholders. In Romero, D (Ed.), Earthquakes, Natural Disasters: Risk Assessment, Management Strategies and Challenges: 67-84. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Nicholas, K., Fletcher, J. and Parkhill, F. (2012) Immigrant students: Barriers and facilitators to understanding in a new socio-linguistic setting. Communication and Language Surmounting Barriers to Cross-Cultural Understanding: 253-271. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing Inc.
  • Fletcher, J., Parkhill, F., Fa'afoi, A. and Taleni, T. (2010) Motivating Pasifika students in literacy learning. Motivating Literacy Learners in Today's World: 99-110. Wellington: NZCER Press.
  • Parkhill, F. and Fletcher, J. (2010) Asian student voices: Approaches in reading that motivate or provoke dissonance in their journey towards being successful readers of English. Motivating Literacy Learners in Today's World: 111-120. Wellington: NZCER Press.
  • Fa'afoi, A., Parkhill, F. and Fletcher, J. (2006) Strengthening Pasifika and palagi research collaboration in the Aotearoa research context. Challenging the Notion of "Other": Reframing Research in the Aotearoa New Zealand Context: 99-118. Wellington: NZCER Press.
Conference - Published
  • Fletcher, JF. (2016) Ways forward in using assessment to support reading outcomes. University of Toronto Mississauga, Ontario, Canada: Canada International Conference on Education (CICE), 27/6/2016.
  • Fletcher, J. (2013) Raising Achievement in Reading for 11-to 13-Year-Old Students in New Zealand Schools. Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2013), 24/6/2013.
  • Fletcher, J. and Nicholas, K. (2011) What role does a father play in influencing a child's reading ability? British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2011 (BERA), 6/9/2011. In British Education Index-Line
  • Nicholas, K., Davis, N. and Fletcher, J. (2010) How can e-learning and ICT support second-chance adult learners? Ulearn 10, 6/10/2010. In Proceedings of Ulearn10 - Research Stream: 49-55.
  • Davis, N., Fletcher, J. and Groundwater-Smith, S. (2009) The Puzzles of Practice: Initiating a collaborative research culture. 2009 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) International Education Research Conference, 29/11/2009.
  • Davis, N., Fletcher, J., Groundwater-Smith, S. and Macfarlane, A. (2009) The Puzzles of Practice: Initiating a collaborative action and research culture within and beyond New Zealand. NZARE Conference & Annual Meeting, 30/11/2009. In Proceedings
  • Fletcher, J. (2009) Second chance diverse literacy learners: Factors that influence their learning. 2009 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) International Education Research Conference, 29/11/2009.
  • Greenwood, J., Fletcher, J., Grimley, M., Parkhill, F. and Bridges, S. (2009) Improving literacy outcomes for all students through leadership in learning. 22nd International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI), 4/1/2009.
  • Fletcher, J. (2000) Assessing the cooperative education of student teachers. Third Annual New Zealand Association for Co-operative Education (NZACE) Conference, 24/3/2000. : 23-39.
  • Fletcher, J. (1999) A paper on the selection of primary programme applicants at the Christchurch College of Education. Second Annual New Zealand Association for Co-operative Education (NZACE) Conference, 26/3/1999. : 37-47.
Conference - Other
  • Fletcher, JF. (2016) Ways forward in using assessment to support reading outcomes. University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada: Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2016), 27/6/2016.
  • Belgrave, J., Everatt, J. and Fletcher, J. (2015) Dialect difference: Can awareness improve outcomes for struggling readers? 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), 15/7/2015.
  • Fletcher, J. and Nicholas, K. (2015) What do young adolescents and parents perceive supports reading? UKLA 51st International Conference, 10/7/2015.
  • Belgrave, J., Everatt, J. and Fletcher, J. (2014) Early literacy interventions: Dialectical awareness. British Education Research Association Conference (BERA), 23/9/2014.
  • Belgrave, J., Everatt, J. and Fletcher, J. (2014) Meta-awareness of dialect difference: impacts on early literacy interventions. British Education Research Association Conference (BERA), 23/9/2014.
  • Fletcher, J., Nicholas, K. and Davis, N. (2014) Case studies of the wider influences on the engagement of young adolescent students in reading: Post-earthquakes experiences. 50th International Conference of United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA), 4/7/2014.
  • Nicholas, K., Fletcher, J. and Davis, N. (2013) Using e-learning and digital technologies to overcome barriers to second-chance adult literacy learners. The International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference (IJAS), 14/5/2013.
  • Fletcher, J. and Parkhill, F. (2012) Supporting Culturally Diverse 11 to 13 Year-old Readers. 2012 Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, 30/5/2012.
  • Fletcher, J., Greenwood, J. and Parkhill, F. (2011) A case study of a low socio-economic, multicultural intermediate school improving reading achievement. British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference 2011, 6/9/2011.
  • Nicholas, K. and Fletcher, J. (2011) What role does a father play in influencing a child's reading ability? British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2011 (BERA), 6/9/2011.
  • Nicholas, K. and Fletcher, J. (2011) What works in supporting lifelong learners in literacy and numeracy? Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference (AARE), 27/11/2011.
  • Nicholas, K., Fletcher, J. and Parkhill, F. (2011) Supporting 11 to 13 year old students' reading: Perceptions of the parents. Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference (AARE), 27/11/2011.
  • Davis, N. and Fletcher, J. (2010) E-learning and motivating adults with literacy needs to improve their literacy. BERA Annual Conference 2010, 1/9/2010.
  • Fa'afoi, A., Parkhill, F. and Fletcher, J. (2010) What Do the Teachers and Parents of Pasifika Students Perceive Supports Literacy Learning? 23rd World Congress on Reading, 12/7/2010.
  • Fletcher, J., Greenwood, J., Grimley, M. and Parkhill, F. (2010) Improving Reading Comprehension: What Works for 10- to 12-year-old Students? British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference 2010, 1/9/2010.
  • Greenwood, J., Parkhill, F. and Fletcher, J. (2010) What is Happening in the Teaching of Reading for the Students in the Final Years of their Primary Schooling? 23rd World Congress on Reading, 12/7/2010.
  • Nicholas, K., Davis, N. and Fletcher, J. (2010) Raising numeracy and literacy levels for adult learners with e-learning: What do the stakeholders have to say? Ulearn 10, 6/10/2010. In Proceedings of Ulearn 10 - Research Stream 49-55.
  • Davis, N. and Fletcher, J. (2009) The co-evolution of e-learning and adult literacy and numeracy: A nested case study of a polytechnic. British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, 2/9/2009.
  • Davis, N., Fletcher, J., Harcourt, E. and Earle, D. (2009) Towards excellence in e-learning for adults with needs in literacy language, and numeracy. Teaching & Learning Conference meets eFest, 30/9/2009.
  • Fletcher, J. (2009) Student voices: What students (and other related stakeholders) have to say about learning and developing reading literacy. New Zealand Collaboration Action Research Network (NZCARN) Inaugural Research Symposium, 28/5/2009.
  • Fletcher, J., Greenwood, J. and Parkhill, F. (2009) Students' voices: What do they have to say about reading? 2009 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) International Education Research Conference, 29/11/2009.
  • Davis, N., Brooker, B., Gillon, G., Fletcher, J., Mackey, J. and Morrow, D. (2008) E-learning for adult literacy, language and numeracy: What is possible? Distance Education Association of New Zealand Annual Conference 2008 (DEANZ), 17/8/2008.
  • Fletcher, J. and Parkhill, F. (2008) Asian students voice their perception of barriers and supports to reading achievement. British Education Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, 3/9/2008.
  • Fletcher, J. and Parkhill, F. (2008) How students' ethnic and cultural identification influence learning. A discussion based on a series of studies of culturally diverse learners in today's classrooms. ECER 2008 Gothenburg: The European Conference on Educational Research, 8/9/2008.
  • Fletcher, J. and Parkhill, F. (2007) Pasifika Students Voice Their Classroom Realities on What Supports or Hinders Their Literacy Learning. 31st Annual Conference of the Pacific Circle Consortium, 25/6/2007.
  • Fletcher, J. and Parkhill, F. (2007) Year 7-8 Asian student's perceptions of supports and barriers to becoming successfully readers in English? 2007 New Zealand Association for Educational Research (NZARE) Conference: Education in the Pacific, 4/12/2007.
  • Fletcher, JF., Parkhill, FF., Fa'afoi, A. and Taleni, LT. (2007) Pasifika children's perspectives of supports and barriers for literacy achievement in New Zealand schools. New Zealand Reading Association (NZRA) Conference, 23/9/2007.
  • Parkhill, FF. and Fletcher, JF. (2007) What are the effective literacy practices in New Zealand primary classrooms as perceived by Year 7-8 Asian students who are successful at reading in English? New Zealand Reading Association (NZRA) Conference, 23/9/2007.
  • Parkhill, F. and Fletcher, J. (2006) Influences on Pasifika students’ achievement in literacy. Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Conference 2006, 5/7/2006.
  • Fletcher, J., Fa'afoi, A., Parkhill, F. and Taleni, T. (2005) What underachieving Pasifika children have to say about the barriers to their learning. the South Island Pasifika Education Reference Group fono, 22/8/2005.
Theses / Dissertations
  • Fletcher, J. (2012) The wider systematic conditions that support reading for 11 to 13 year-old students.
  • Fletcher, J. (2012) The wider systemic conditions that support reading for 11 to 13 year-old students.
Additional Publications
  • Davis, N. and Fletcher, J. (2010) E-learning for adult literacy, language and numeracy: Summary of findings.
  • Davis, N., Fletcher, J. and Absolam, I. (2010) E-learning for adult literacy, language and numeracy: A case study of a polytechnic.
  • Davis, N., Fletcher, J., Brooker, B., Everatt, J., Gillon, G., Mackey, J. and Morrow, D. (2010) E-learning for adult literacy, language and numeracy: A review of the literature.
  • Fletcher, J., Parkhill, F. and Gillon, G. (Ed.) (2010) Motivating Literacy Learners in Today's World. Wellington: NZCER Press.
  • Greenwood, J., Fletcher, J. and Parkhill, F. (2009) What happens to reading progress in NZ year 7-8 classes?
  • MacGibbon, L., Gilmore, F., Gilmore, A., Parkhill, F., Fletcher, J. and Johnson, J. (2008) An Evaluation of the Use of School Journal and Ready to Read Series to Support Effective Literacy Practice.
  • Parkhill, F. and Fletcher, J. (2006) Culturally responsive research methods.