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Identifying and developing competencies to improve workplace performance, including the preparation of graduates for work, is the focus of my research. The impact of my work crosses diverse contexts, including: developing tools for air accident investigation, flight training, training tools for the agricultural sector, safety audit training in the small business sector, identifying competencies for the PR and communication management industry and improving learning. I have a particular interest in the role that technology plays in learning and developing work expertise. Technology that I have developed includes a computer-based, examination-on-demand system (CALES) which was used by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority for pilot theory examinations; a learning style website that is used by tertiary students to improve their learning and by their teachers for developing more relevant teaching methods; a learning style evaluation website for workplace training and a web-based simulation game for teaching workplace equity. My current research focuses on occupational competency identification, blended learning for tertiary students and mobile learning.
My teaching areas cover: postgraduate research methods, human resource development (HRD), human factors. learning and teaching and equity in the workplace.
The focus of my research is in improving workplace performance. This involves two main approaches: identifying competencies needed for performance; and effective learning, teaching and training strategies for developing those competencies in tertiary education and the workplace. I have a particular interest in the use of technology to achieve these learning goals.
Blended learning, mobile learning, simulation, identifying competencies (needs assessment), learning styles, training, human error, workplace learning (HRD).
Resource Development and Management
Field of research codes
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202): Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy (130203): Education (130000): Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy (130213)