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Dr Rowena Taylor

Senior Tutor

Institute of Education

I have been engaged in initial teacher education since 2001, initially at the former Wellington College of Education as a Senior Lecturer, then at Massey University since 2003.  This followed a strong practitioner base, especially in secondary education and middle management. My research platform has been primarily based on Social Studies curriculum, especially in the senior secondary school, and on disciplinary literacy in the social sciences, especially geography.  My EdD thesis evaluated the implementation of Social Studies as a new subject in the senior secondary school from 2002 to 2005, the first five years of the NCEA credentialing system.  My most recent research as part of the TLRI Project is in the field of citizenship education.  As well as contributing to initial teacher education, I have taught papers in adult/tertiary education at undergraduate and post graduate levels from  2014-2015.

Formerly a senior lecturer in social sciences education in initial teacher education at the College (now Institute) of Education, I have maintained a part time role since 2012.  I mostly teach, appraise and mentor students in the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) programme. I am also a member of a Ministry of Education funded Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) research team combining researchers from Victoria and Massey Universities. The research focus is on the personal social action achievement standards offered by NCEA Senior Social Studies. The study contributes uniquely to the active citizenship body of research.

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Research Expertise

Research Interests

Social Studies Curriculum
Citizenship Education
Disciplinary Literacy in the Social Sciences

Keywords

Social Studies Education

Secondary School Education

Subject-specific Literacy in the Social Sciences

Research Outputs

Journal

Taylor, RM., & Kilpin, KG. (2013). Secondary school literacy in the social sciences: An argument for disciplinary literacy.. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. 48(2), 130-141 Retrieved from http://www.nzare.org.nz/portals/306/images/Files/TOC_48.2%202013.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Taylor, R.Edited by: Taylor, 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 http://www.nzare.org.nz/
[Journal article]Authored by: Atkins, R., Taylor, R.Edited by: Taylor, R.
Parker-Corney, K., Kilpin, K., & Taylor, RM. (2011). I thought this was Social Studies not English, Miss! Improving students' attitudes to reading and writing in Year 9 and 10 social studies. Kairaranga. 12(2), 13-19
[Journal article]Authored by: Taylor, R.
Taylor, R. (2011). Trickle-down effects: How have developments in senior secondary school social studies shaped practice in junior secondary social studies?. Curriculum Matters. 7, 195-212
[Journal article]Authored by: Taylor, R.
Taylor, R., & Sheehan, W. (2011). The place of history in the New Zealand curriculum. New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work. 8(2), 156-167
[Journal article]Authored by: Taylor, R.
Taylor, RM. (2006). Credible subject or callow intruder? Social studies in the secondary school. New Zealand Annual Review of Education. , 169-186
[Journal article]Authored by: Taylor, R.
Taylor, RM. (2005). In search of positive re-engagement in communities: The role of citizenship education in achieving human peace and security. Graduate Women New Zealand. 5(1), 4-7
[Journal article]Authored by: Taylor, R.
Sewell, AM., Sinnema, C., Ward, C., Wynyard, J., Taylor, RM., Atkins, R., . . . Church, N. (2005). Illustrating quality social studies learning: Cases from the exemplar project. Set: Research Information for Teachers. (2), 15-20
[Journal article]Authored by: Sewell, A., Taylor, R.
Taylor, RM. (2003). ''But we can't give much time to Social Studies, the NAGs tell us we have to give priority to literacy and numeracy'': The case for Social Studies being the context for your literacy programme. The New Zealand Journal of Social Studies. 11(2), 13-14
[Journal article]Authored by: Taylor, R.

Book

Taylor, RM., & Atkins, R. (2005). Putting the 'values' back into the values exploration process. In P. Benson, & R. Openshaw (Eds.) Towards Effective Social Studies. (pp. 131 - 145). Palmerston North, NZ: Kanuka Grove Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Taylor, R.

Thesis

Taylor, RM. (2009). Teachers' conflicting responses to change: An evaluation of the implementation of senior social studies for the NCEA, 2002-2006. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Taylor, R.

Conference

Parker-Corney, K., Kilpin, K., & Taylor, RM.Improving students' attitudes to reading and writing in Year 9 and 10 Social Studies. . Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Taylor, R.
Taylor, RM.(2009). How can lessons learned from senior social studies developments inform teaching and learning in year 9 and 10 social studies classrooms. . Hotel Grand Chancellor, Christchurch, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Taylor, R.
Taylor, RM.(2007). Senior social studies at the crossroads: NCEA implementation 2002-2006. . Auckland, NZ
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Taylor, R.
O'Neill, JG., Boyack, JE., Donaldson, J., Miller, Z., Taylor, RM., & Weir, KJ. (2004, November). Somewhere between sacred and the profane: Research on teacher folkways. Presented at New Zealand Association for Research in Education National Conference. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Donaldson, J., Taylor, R.
Ward, C., Tetley, S., Taylor, RM., Aitken, G., Ludemann, G., Wynard, J., . . . Sinnema, C. (2003, September). Plenary - social studies exemplar journey. Presented at Aotearoa New Zealand Federation of Social Studies Associations Conference. Quality Hotel, Hamilton, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Taylor, R.
Taylor, RM., & Sewell, AM. (2003, August). Social studies as a context for your literacy programme. Presented at New Zealand Reading Association (NZRA) Professional Development Day. Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Sewell, A., Taylor, R.
Joyce, C., & Taylor, RM. (2001). Is it, or is it not, integration?. Aotearoa New Zealand Federation of Social Studies New Zealand Conference. (pp. unpaged). (published on website: www.tki.org.nz)
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Taylor, R.

Other

Taylor, RM., Wood, BE., & Clark, E. (2013, July). What's the risk? The social action requirement of the social inquiry process. Reviewing research projects and interactive practices.. In SocCon Conference: Inclusive and Sustainable: Social scienes shaping the future. 14-17 July 2013.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Taylor, R.
Taylor, RM., & Sewell, A. (2003, February). What is the social studies exemplar project telling us about good teaching and learning in social studies?. : The Manawatu Social Studies Association.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Taylor, R.
Taylor, RM., & Atkins, R. (2003, August). We're putting the ''values'' back into the values exploration process: Set in the context of ''the stolen generation''. : Wellington Area Social Studies Association.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Taylor, R.

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