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Rose Atkins MEd (1st class Hons), BSc, Dip Tchg (Sec)

Lecturer (Years 7-13 Education)

Institute of Education

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.

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Contact details

  • Location: 1.05, Collinson Village
    Campus: Turitea


  • Master of Education - Massey University (2010)
  • Bachelor of Science - Canterbury University (1985)
  • Diploma of Teaching - Christchurch Teachers College (1984)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

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.


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

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)


  • Assessment in Social Studies
  • Assessment for Learning
  • New Zealand Social Studies Education
  • Teaching and Learning in New Zealand Schools
  • Initial Teacher Education
  • Secondary Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Social Studies
  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Teacher Training
  • Schooling

Research Outputs


Wood, BE., Taylor, RM., Atkins, RA., & Johnston, M. (2017). Creating Active Citizens: Interpreting, implementing and assessing ‘personal social action’ in NCEA Social Studies..
[Internet publication]Authored by: Atkins, R.
Atkins, RA., Taylor, RM., & Wood, BE. (2016). Planning for critically informed, active citizenship: Lessons from social studies classrooms. SET: Research information for teachers. 3, 15-22
[Journal article]Authored by: Atkins, R.
Wood, BE., Taylor, RM., & Atkins, RA. (2013). Fostering active citizenship through the New Zealand social studies curriculum: Teachers' perceptions and practices of social action. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. 48(2), 84-98 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Atkins, R., Taylor, R.Edited by: Taylor, R.


Atkins, RA., & Rawlins, . (2016). How to use assessment to enhance learning in social studies. In M. Harcourt, A. Miligan, & B. Wood (Eds.) Teaching social studies for critical active citizenship in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 134 - 151). : NZCER Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Atkins, R., Rawlins, P.Contributed to by: Rawlins, P.


Atkins, RA. (2011). Assessment practices in New Zealand year 9 and 10 social studies courses: An exploratory case study. (Master's Thesis, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Atkins, R.


Atkins, RA., Wood, BE., & Taylor, RM. (2017, October). Scaffolding participatory citizenship through social action learning in Social Studies. Presented at SocCon17 New Zealand Social Sciences Conference: Developing Global Citizens.. Napier, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Atkins, R.
Atkins, RA., Wood, BE., Taylor, RM., Greenland, M., & Wilson, J. (2015, September). Kick-starting Social Action: A closer look at social action through the eyes of teachers and students.. Presented at SocCon15 New Zealand Social Sciences Conference: Creating Collegial Connections – Inspiring Teachers.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Atkins, R.
Atkins, RA. (2011, July). Scaffolding assessment for learning in social studies. Presented at SocCon 2011 Inquiring minds: Active citizens -New Zealand's Biennial Social Sciences Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Atkins, R.


Atkins, RA. (2015, May). Civic and Citizenship learning in NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Atkins, R.

Supervision and Teaching


260.492 Teaching and Learning in a Secondary Context

278.428 Education in Science, Social Science and Technology

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