Letitia Fickel

Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education, Health & Human Development Letitia Fickel

Amorangi Taupua
UC Child Well-being Research Institute Social and Emotional Well-being Theme Leader
Rehua 222
Internal Phone: 95796

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Prof Fickel is an experienced academic, researcher and program evaluator in the area of teacher professional learning and development, with a focus on the development of culturally responsive practice, pedagogical innovation, and enhanced student learning. In particular, her scholarship focuses on the design and implementation of innovative, research-informed models of initial teacher education and professional development, and subsequent evaluation and examination of the practice that emerges. Prof Fickel has been both lead researcher and co-researcher on a range of collaborative projects reflective of this research stance. Currently she is PI for a Teaching & Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) project entitled, Co-constructing a culturally and linguistically sustaining, Te Tiriti -based Ako framework for socio-emotional wellbeing in education. Previously, she was the external evaluator for a multi-year PLD project funded by the Ministry of Education, was Co-PI for programme research and evaluation of the Exemplary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Programme Initiative, and as a member of the Huakina Mai Project team. Prior to coming to UC, Prof Fickel worked in Alaska where she served as PI on four large scale, US government funded project focused on innovative educational programmes to expand teacher learning and practice, develop school-university collaborative models of teacher and leadership education, and implement research-informed strategies to assist schools in enhancing education outcomes for Alaska Native youth.

Recent Publications

  • Everatt J., Fletcher J. and Fickel L. (2019) School leaders’ perceptions on reading, writing and mathematics in innovative learning environments. Education 3-13 47(8): 906-919. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2018.1538256.
  • Fickel L. and Abbiss J. (2019) Supporting secondary pre-service teacher identity development as culturally responsive and sustaining teachers. FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education 5(2): 138-158. http://dx.doi.org/10.32865/fire201952152.
  • Lim J., Fickel L. and Greenwood J. (2019) Mapping the landscape of professional inquiry as a form of teacher learning in New Zealand: a narrative inquiry into one teacher’s experience. Professional Development in Education http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2019.1689526.
  • Fickel LC., Abbiss J., Brown E. and Astall C. (2018) The Importance of Community Knowledge in Learning to Teach: Foregrounding Māori Cultural Knowledge to Support Preservice Teachers' Development of Culturally Responsive Practice. Peabody Journal of Education 93(3): 285-294. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0161956X.2018.1449858.
  • Fickel LH., Angel MN., Macfarlane S. and Macfarlane A. (2017) Humanizing Secondary School Contexts: Learning from Aotearoa New Zealand and Peru. Knowledge Cultures 5(6): 45-61. http://dx.doi.org/10.22381/KC5620174.

Professor Letitia Fickel is responsible for strategic, academic and operational leadership of the College of Education, Health and Human Development I Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora.