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I am also a registered teacher who started my working career as a Social Studies, Geography and Maths teacher at a large NZ secondary school before I was invited to join the school's pastoral care team as a Dean. Prior to coming to Massey, I had the opportunity to provide professional leadership in Social Studies education at a national level in New Zealand through roles as: a facilitator on the Ministry of Education's [MoE] Social Studies Exemplar team, a professional leader in the MoE's Beacon Schools' project and National Secretary of Aotearoa Federation of Social Studies Associations [ANZFSSA] (2003-2005). In 2013 I was invited to join the Social Studies advisory panel for New Zealand's National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement [NMSSA] where I continue to provide support and advice as required.
I am a lecturer in the Institute of Education whose research and teaching focuses on assessment and effective pedagogy; particularly in relation to teaching social sciences courses in schooling contexts. I am currently researching how to help Social Studies teachers embed socioculturally-based 'assessment for learning' practices into their everyday practices and I teach general pedagogy and Social Studies curriculum based papers in both the primary and secondary graduate teaching programmes.
My research focuses on assessment and pedagogical practices in schooling contexts. I have a particular interest in assessment for learning and expertise of researching teachers' assessment practices in New Zealand secondary school Social Studies courses. My Masters' thesis explored teachers' assessment practices in year 9 and 10 Social Studies courses and my PhD research is focused on investigating how to help Social Studies teachers implement socioculturally-based 'assessment for learning' practices into their everyday practices.
My interest in researching assessment has stemmed from previous experiences as a secondary school social sciences' teacher; involvement as a professional leader and facilitator in Ministry of Education professional support projects for teachers and recent teaching and research opportunities at Massey University .
I am committed to ensuring that my on-going research, professional leadership and writing continue to enhance the profile of Social Studies education in New Zealand schools and actively champions the use of robust research-led pedagogical and assessment practices in schools and universities.
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Field of research codes
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Education (130000): Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303): Education Systems (130100): Higher Education (130103): Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management) (130205): Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105): Secondary Education (130106): Specialist Studies in Education (130300): Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
260.492 Teaching and Learning in a Secondary Context
278.428 Education in Science, Social Science and Technology