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Karen Ashton is Senior Lecturer in education and research methodology. She has previously worked at Cambridge English (University of Cambridge, UK), the University of Ireland-Maynooth and also as an ESOL teacher in several countries. Her research interests include policy, assessment, comparative education, pedagogy for differentiation, and research methodologies with a focus on mixed methods research. Her research is generally within a language education context but she also has an interest in broader education issues.
Karen is the Coordinator for the MEd TESOL Leadership and PG DIp Ed TESOL Leadership programmes.
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Field of research codes
Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics (200401):
Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302): Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Education (130000): Education Systems (130100):
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Linguistics (200400):
LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori) (130207): Specialist Studies in Education (130300): Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Karen teaches on a range of courses providing expert input on language learning, TESOL and research methodology.
278.429 Education in the Arts, Hauora and Learning Languages
260.491 Teaching in Context 2
260.760/278.760 Curriculum 1
260.760/278.761 Curriculum 2
267.860/267.861 Professional Inquiry
Karen is also the Coordinator for the MEd TESOL Leadership and PG DIp Ed TESOL Leadership programmes.
The Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Leadership (MEd TESOL Lead) and Postgraduate Diploma in Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Leadership (PG Dip Ed TESOL Lead) are intended for current ESOL teachers who are aspiring ESOL leaders. The qualifications provide the opportunity for advanced professional development in teacher leadership, an area that is becoming increasingly important both nationally and internationally, from early years to higher and tertiary education settings. The learning is both practical and theoretical and will help teachers to develop their philosophy as a leader, to critically reflect on teaching, learning, leadership, assessment and policy in TESOL settings as well as providing an opportunity to research a current TESOL issue or innovation in more depth. Students on the MEd TESOL Lead and PG Dip Ed TESOL Lead come from a diverse range of TESOL contexts within New Zealand and internationally.