Learning and pedagogy research

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Our research in Learning and Pedagogy spans e-learning, special education and literacy improvement in children and adults. 

The e-Learning Lab leads research and development of e-learning including creative and innovative approaches to learning and teaching. Our achievements and projects include forward-thinking areas such as development of blended online learning across schools, tertiary and teacher education, and new Literacies including e-learning for adults with literacy and numeracy needs.

Work by the Language and Literacy Research Lab research group, which has links with groups including the New Zealand Insitute of Language, Brain and Behaviour, includes: language impairments and interventions, work with special groups (such as childhood apraxia of speech), teaching English as a foreign language and literacy development across different languages.

Award-winning Te Rū Rangahau: The Māori Research Laboratory supports the advancement of Indigenous postgraduates in the College of Education, Health and Human Development and aims to advance research that is responsive to Māori and Indigenous needs and aspirations. Te Rū Rangahau facilitates overseas scholars whose research and teaching are in tandem with Māori and Indigenous development, and the development of minoritised communities.

Research strengths

Areas of current research in inclusive and special education include:

  • Preventing school failure
  • Supporting teachers in inclusive practices
  • International reviews of inclusive education
  • Meeting the needs of diverse learners
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse students
  • Technology in education
  • Holistic development and learning in inclusive education settings

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

John Everatt

Professor
Rehua 409
Internal Phone: 93705

Angus Macfarlane

Professor - Maori Research
Rehua 501
Internal Phone: 93833

Brigid McNeill

Associate Professor
Rehua 519
Internal Phone: 93685

Anne van Bysterveldt

Senior Lecturer
Rehua Level 3
Internal Phone: 93533

Tracy Clelland

Lecturer
Rehua 305
Internal Phone: 93437

Dr Trish McMenamin

Senior Lecturer
Deputy Head of School
Rehua 520
Internal Phone: 95572

Dr Nicola Surtees

Senior Lecturer
Rehua 506
Internal Phone: 95624

Areas of current research in language and literacy include:

  • Literacy-related learning difficulties assessment in Arabic
  • Interventions for children with English as an additional language
  • Mathematics learning difficulties in Arabic
  • Inclusion in mainstream Kuwaiti schools for children with learning disabilities
  • Prospective evaluation of the validity and nature of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • Spelling instructional practices in New Zealand
  • Literacy learning in English as a second language or multilingual children
  • Literacy in Persian
  • AVAILLL: Audio Visual Achievement in Literacy, Language and Literacy
  • Children with Down syndrome telling a story: Does listener familiarity matter?
  • Assessing the impact of self-directed video coaching on shared book-reading between children with Down syndrome and their families

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

John Everatt

Professor
Rehua 409
Internal Phone: 93705

Gail Gillon

Director of the UC Child Well-being Research Institute
Professor
Rehua
Internal Phone: 93491

Niki Davis

Distinguished Professor
Rehua 421
Internal Phone: 93650

Jo Fletcher

Associate Professor
Rehua 512
Internal Phone: 94077

Angus Macfarlane

Professor - Maori Research
Rehua 501
Internal Phone: 93833

Brigid McNeill

Associate Professor
Rehua 519
Internal Phone: 93685

Anne van Bysterveldt

Senior Lecturer
Rehua Level 3
Internal Phone: 93533

Areas of current research in creativity and educational change include:

  • Creativity in learning
  • Creating change for Maori and Pasifika in education
  • Creating change in education in international contexts
  • Participatory action research, reflective practice and arts-based research

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Jo Fletcher

Associate Professor
Rehua 512
Internal Phone: 94077

Dr Patrick Shepherd

Senior Lecturer
Rehua 417
Internal Phone: 93807

John Everatt

Professor
Rehua 409
Internal Phone: 93705

Dr Richard Manning

Senior Lecturer
Rehua 403
Internal Phone: 93697

Areas of current research in early years development include:

  • Expanding opportunities for children in their early years to reach their full potential.

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Benita Rarere-Briggs

Lecturer (Teaching and Admin Only)
Rehua Level 5
Internal Phone: 93731

Glynne Mackey

Senior Lecturer
Rehua 401
Internal Phone: 93692

Karen Turnock

Lecturer (Teaching and Admin Only)
Rehua Level 5
Internal Phone: 93750

Dr Lia de Vocht van Alphen

Senior Lecturer
Programme Coordinator - GradDipECTch
Rehua 502
Internal Phone: 95814

Dr Nicola Surtees

Senior Lecturer
Rehua 506
Internal Phone: 95624

Areas of current research in science and technology education include:

  • Science Learning hub development
  • Teachers' use of materials
  • Key concepts in science for primary students

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Dr Chris Astall

Senior Lecturer
Programme Coordinator - BTchLn (Primary) and MTchgLn (Primary)
Rehua Level 5
Internal Phone: 94056

Paul Snape

Rehua Level 5
Internal Phone: 93729

Dr David Winter

Lecturer
Rehua 513
Internal Phone: 93783

Areas of current research in educational theory, policy and practice include:

  • The emotional impact of the christchurch earthquakes on teachers
  • Ethical internationalism in higher education
  • Principals as literacy leaders in indigenous communities

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Peter Roberts

Professor
Rehua 413
Internal Phone: 94092

APrf Jane Abbiss

Associate Professor
Programme Coordinator - MTchgLn Secondary
Rehua 509
Internal Phone: 95636

Dr Shanee Barraclough

Programme Coordinator - Counselling
Rehua 312
Internal Phone: 93532

Annelies Kamp

Associate Professor
Head of School
Rehua 521
Internal Phone: 93632

Susan Lovett

Associate Professor
Rehua 420
Internal Phone: 93629

Dr Trish McMenamin

Senior Lecturer
Deputy Head of School
Rehua 520
Internal Phone: 95572

Billy O'Steen

Associate Professor
Rehua 406
Internal Phone: 92093

Dr Veronica O'Toole

Senior Lecturer
Rehua 504
Internal Phone: 95571

Kathleen Quinlivan

Associate Professor
Rehua 518
Internal Phone: 95619

Dr David Small

Associate Dean
Rehua 520
Internal Phone: 92157

Areas of current research in Māori education include:

  • Maternal health, pregnancy and early childhood
  • Successful transition into adulthood
  • Education: Living in a Digital world
  • Te Rū Rangahau | The Māori Research Laboratory and Superu | Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit relationship

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Angus Macfarlane

Professor - Maori Research
Rehua 501
Internal Phone: 93833

Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll

Lecturer
Rehua 208
Internal Phone: 93516

Te Hurinui Clarke

Senior Lecturer
Rehua 503
Internal Phone: 93795

Letitia Fickel

Amorangi Taupua
Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education, Health & Human Development
UC Child Well-being Research Institute Social and Emotional Well-being Theme Leader
Rehua 220
Internal Phone: 95796

Gail Gillon

Director of the UC Child Well-being Research Institute
Professor
Rehua
Internal Phone: 93491

Benita Rarere-Briggs

Lecturer (Teaching and Admin Only)
Rehua Level 5
Internal Phone: 93731

Areas of current research in teacher learning and practice include:

  • Enhancing the intercultural capability of students of additional languages
  • Pre-Service Teachers (PSTs) and mathematics
  • Māori-medium PRT pilot programme
  • Teacher Education for learning equity
  • Programme evaluations

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Letitia Fickel

Amorangi Taupua
Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education, Health & Human Development
UC Child Well-being Research Institute Social and Emotional Well-being Theme Leader
Rehua 220
Internal Phone: 95796

APrf Jane Abbiss

Associate Professor
Programme Coordinator - MTchgLn Secondary
Rehua 509
Internal Phone: 95636

Dr Chris Astall

Senior Lecturer
Programme Coordinator - BTchLn (Primary) and MTchgLn (Primary)
Rehua Level 5
Internal Phone: 94056

Jocelyn Howard

Senior Lecturer
Rehua 404
Internal Phone: 93828

Susan Lovett

Associate Professor
Rehua 420
Internal Phone: 93629

Dr Jane McChesney

Senior Lecturer
Rehua 402
Internal Phone: 94139

Susanna Wilson

Lecturer
Rehua 402
Internal Phone: 93837

Areas of current research in language pedagogy include:

  • Intergenerational transmission of minority languages 
  • Chinese heritage language learning and identity in New Zealand
  • Valid and ethical use of IELTS
  • Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) in the New Zealand ESOL context
  • Use of podcasts for vocabulary development
  • Intergenerational transmission of the Korean language in Christchurch
  • Mobile assisted language learning on perceptions, beliefs and practices of tertiary students in Pakistan
  • Social networking sites in teaching and learning English in high schools in Vietnam


Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Jeanette McLeod

Senior Lecturer
Jack Erskine 610
Internal Phone: 92491

Jocelyn Howard

Senior Lecturer
Rehua 404
Internal Phone: 93828

Vera Leier

Lecturer
Subject Coordinator
Elsie Locke 306

Kevin Watson

Associate Professor
Linguistics Head of Department
Elsie Locke Building (English) 205
Internal Phone: 94601

Areas of current research in e-learning include:

  • National Science Challenge: E Tipu e Rea – a better start
  • Research and evaluation of innovative postgraduate initial teacher education
  • Model Learning Environment (MLE)

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Gail Gillon

Director of the UC Child Well-being Research Institute
Professor
Rehua
Internal Phone: 93491

Niki Davis

Distinguished Professor
Rehua 421
Internal Phone: 93650

Letitia Fickel

Amorangi Taupua
Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education, Health & Human Development
UC Child Well-being Research Institute Social and Emotional Well-being Theme Leader
Rehua 220
Internal Phone: 95796

Billy O'Steen

Associate Professor
Rehua 406
Internal Phone: 92093

Areas of current research in geoscience education include:

  • Tertiary geoscience education research
  • Tertiary geoscience curriculum development
  • Geohazards and risk education
  • Geoscience communication and field skills research
  • Tertiary transforming tertiary science education

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Erik Brogt

Associate Professor
Erskine 616
Internal Phone: 93977

Ben Kennedy

Associate Professor
Physical Volcanology
West 321
Internal Phone: 94437

Tom Wilson

Associate Professor
Disaster Risk and Resilience
West 326
Internal Phone: 94503

Billy O'Steen

Associate Professor
Rehua 406
Internal Phone: 92093

Areas of current research in computer science education include:

  • Computer Science Unplugged
  • Computer Science Field Guide
  • Computer Science for High Schools (CS4HS) Conference
  • Computer Science for Primary Schools (CS4PS) Conference

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Tim Bell

Professor
Jack Erskine 303
Internal Phone: 92118

Hayley van Waas

Research Assistant
Internal Phone: 92281