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Prof Howard Lee BA, MEd, PhD, ATCL

Professor

Institute of Education

Having been a researcher and teacher at The University of Otago for 25 years, Professor Howard Lee joined Massey University College of Education in January 2007. The following year he was appointed Head of the School of Educational Studies and held that position until February 2013.

Professor Lee researches and teaches in his specialist area of the history of education. He also has published widely in a number of areas including curriculum theory and policy; educational accountability; educational assessment and public school examinations and qualifications; comparative education; educational policy, reform, theory, and analysis; junior high, intermediate, and middle schooling; outcomes-based and standards-based education; post-primary education; rural education; school attendance and truancy; social class analyses; teacher training and education; technical and tertiary level education, and vocational education.

Throughout his 33-year academic career Professor Lee has authored and co-authored four books and monographs, and written more than 250 book chapters, journal articles, archival articles, reviews, opinion pieces, and conference papers. He has delivered numerous conference papers in New Zealand and internationally – in Australia, England, Ireland (Dublin), and France (Paris). He also has supervised and examined a large number of honours, masters, and doctoral theses and dissertations. In December 2006, Professor Lee was the recipient of one of ten Outstanding Thesis Supervisor of the Year awards from The University of Otago. He has been on the Editorial Board for three journals, and is a regular reviewer for many national and international education journals.

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Professional

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts - The University of Otago (1981)
  • Master of Education - The University of Otago (1984)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - The University of Otago (1991)
  • ATCL Diploma of Teaching - Trinity College, London, England (1987)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Research Interests and Expertise

Education 

Education Policy 

History and Philosophy of Education

History of Ideas 

Policy and Administration

Social Theory

 

Research Projects

Professor Lee is currently engaged in the following research activities and projects:

  • Several contributions for the Dictionary of Education History, Australia and New Zealand (DEHANZ).
  • Several articles for publication in international education journals.
  • A manuscript for a forthcoming book (Transnational Crossings: Using assessment policies and practices to bridge the vocational-academic divide in secondary education in Scotland and New Zealand) to be published by Springer in April 2015, coauthored with Professors Gregory Lee (University of Canterbury) and Roger Openshaw (Massey University).

 

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302): Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202): Education (130000): Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303): Education Systems (130100):
History and Philosophy of Education (220202): History and Philosophy of Specific Fields (220200): Philosophy And Religious Studies (220000):
Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105): Secondary Education (130106): Specialist Studies in Education (130300):
Studies In Human Society (160000):
Technical, Further and Workplace Education (130108)

Keywords

Professor Lee researches and teaches in his specialist area of the history of education. He also has published widely in a number of areas including curriculum theory and policy; educational accountability; educational assessment and public school examinations and qualifications; comparative education; educational policy, reform, theory, and analysis; junior high, intermediate, and middle schooling; outcomes-based and standards-based education; post-primary education; rural education; school attendance and truancy; social class analyses; teacher training and education; technical and tertiary level education, and vocational education.

Throughout his 33-year academic career Professor Lee has authored and co-authored four books and monographs, and written more than 250 book chapters, journal articles, archival articles, reviews, opinion pieces, and conference papers. He has delivered numerous conference papers in New Zealand and internationally – in Australia, England, Ireland (Dublin), and France (Paris). He also has supervised and examined a large number of honours, masters, and doctoral theses and dissertations. In December 2006, Professor Lee was the recipient of one of ten Outstanding Thesis Supervisor of the Year awards from The University of Otago. He has been on the Editorial Board for three journals, and is a regular reviewer for many national and international education journals.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 5

Research Outputs

Journal

Lee, H., & Lee, G. (2015). Getting On, Getting Out, and Going Places: Education, Opportunity, and Social Mobility in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Rural New Zealand. Rural History. 26(2), 227-248
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.Contributed to by: Lee, H.
Lee, GH., & Lee, H. (2015). Frank Milner, New Zealand, 1875-1944. DEHANZ (Dictionary of Educational History in Australia and New Zealand). Retrieved from http://dehanz.net.au/
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, HF., & Lee, G. (2014). Reconstructing education and ‘knowledge’ in the twentieth and twenty-first century: Scientific management, educational efficiency, outcomes based education, and the culture of performativity. Education and Society. 32(2), 63-96
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, HF. (2014). Religious instruction in New Zealand primary schools: Some issues and dilemmas. Education Aotearoa. 5(2), 5-6
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, HF. (2014). Kairaranga Book Reviews: An Atlantic Crossing? The work of the International Examinations Inquiry, its researchers, methods and influence. M. Lawn (Ed.) (2008).. Kairaranga. 15(1), 57-59
[Book Review]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, HF. (2014). Religious instruction in New Zealand state primary schools. New Zealand Principal. 29(4), 27-29
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, HF., Lee, G., & Openshaw, R. (2013). Radical assessment and qualification reform in New Zealand: The rocky road to national certificate of educational achievement. World Studies in Education. 14(2), 25-45 Retrieved from http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/jnp/wse/2013/00000014/00000002/art00003;jsessionid=7br13gkn2phj8.x-ic-live-03
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, HF. (2013). Educational efficiency, accountability and performativity: using curriculum, assessment and qualification reforms to redefine 'knowledge'. Education Comparee. 9, 119-177
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.Edited by: Lee, H.
Lee, HF., & Lee, G. (2013). The manufacture of education myths and mantras. New Zealand Principal. 28(4), 23-26
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, H., & Lee, G. (2013). Is the 'modern learning environment' the new education myth?. Education Aotearoa. 4(2), 4-5 Retrieved from http://www.educationaotearoa.org.nz/storage/ea-magazine-files/2013/autumn/EA-Autumn-web.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, H. (2013). Opinion: Signing over status and style over substance. PPTA News. 34(2), 14-14
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, H. (2012). Book review: Are our standards slipping? Debates over literacy and numeracy standards in New Zealand since 1945 by Openshaw, R. and Walshaw M.. PPTA News. 33(3), 10-10
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, HF. (2011). An Atlantic Crossing? The work of the International Examinations Inquiry, its Researchers, Methods and Influence. History of Education Review. 40(2), 196-199
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, HF. (2011). Book Review. An Atlantic Crossing? The Work of the International Examinations Inquiry, its Researchers, Methods and Influence. History of Education Review. 2, 196-199
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, HF. (2010). Secondary futures: Historical contestation over the nature, content and purpose of secondary education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Delta: Policy and Practice in Education. 59(1 & 2), 35-101
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, HF. (2010). How well do you know your education history?. , 37-37
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, HF. (2010). Some reflections on the New Zealand curriculum, 2007. Teachers and Curriculum. 10, 35-38
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, HF., & Lee, G. (2009). Will no child be left behind? The politics and history of national standards and testing in New Zealand primary schools. Teachers and Curriculum. 11, 35-50
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, HF. (2009). A question of character. , 7-7
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, HF. (2009). More or less dependant. , 6-6
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, HF. (2009). Summer quiz. , 8-8
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, GD., & Lee, HF. (2008). A forgotten contribution. New Zealand Education Review. 13(32), 6-7
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, HF. (2008). Policies past and present. , 6-6
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, HF. (2008). The education review summer quiz. , 6-6
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, HF. (2008). Comprehensive post-primary schooling in New Zealand: 1935-1975. History of Education Review. 37(1), 56-76
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, HF. (2006). Book review: Punishing the discipline - the PBRF regime: Evaluating the position of Education- where to from here?. Education Research and Perspectives. 33(1), 166-172
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, HF. (2006). Punishing the discipline - the PBRF regime: Evaluating the position of education - where to from here?. Delta. 58(1), 79-95
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, HF. (2006). Commentary: Draft NZ curriculum. , 11-11
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, HF. (2006). Just how special is that special character?. , 7-7
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, HF. (2006). Summer quiz education history. , 9-9
[Journal article]Authored by: Lee, H.

Book

Lee, G., & Lee, HF. (2014). The politics of national standards in New Zealand primary schools. In M. Crossley, G. Hancock, & T. Sprague (Eds.) Education in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. (pp. 111 - 141). London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, H., & Lee, G. (2015). Reconstructing education and knowledge: Scientifi c management, educational efficiency, outcomes-based education, and the culture of performativity. In Second International Handbook on Globalisation, Education and Policy Research. (pp. 375 - 403).
[Chapter]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, H., & Lee, G. (2012). Towards the performative society: The role of assessment in Aotearoa New Zealand education. In R. Openshaw, & J. Clark (Eds.) Critic and conscience: Essays on education in memory of John Codd and Roy Nash. (pp. 105 - 142). New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research
[Chapter]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, HF. (2007). Schooling in New Zealand. In C. Campbell, & G. Sherington (Eds.) Going to School in Oceania. (pp. 133 - 192). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., Lee, HF., & Openshaw, R. (2007). The comprehensive ideal in New Zealand: Challenges and prospects. In BM. Franklin, & G. McCulloch (Eds.) The Death of the Comprehensive High School? Historical, Contemporary and Comparative Perspectives. (pp. 169 - 184). New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan
[Chapter]Authored by: Lee, H.

Conference

Lee, H. (2012). Educational efficiency, accountability and performativity: Using curriculum assessment and qualification reforms to redefine 'knowledge'. In 4th International Conference on Education, Economy and Society: Analytrics: Programme and Abstracts(pp. 58 - 58). , 4th International Conference on Education, Economy and Society France: Analytrics
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Lee, H.
Openshaw, R., Lee, H., & Lee, G.(2012). The politics, context, and history of NCEA in New Zealand: The scottish influence and contribution to standards-based assessment in secondary education in New Zealand. . Melbourne, VIC, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lee, H.
Openshaw, R., Lee, H., & Lee, G. (2012). The politics, context, and history of NCEA in New Zealand: The Scottish influence and contribution to standards-based assessment in secondary education in New Zealand. In Combined Conference of the Australian and New Zealand History of Eduction Society [ANZHES] Mechanics' Institute Victoria [MIV] Incorporating the 10th Australian Library History Forum: Buildings, Books and Blackboards: Intersecting Narratives: Programme and Abstracts(pp. 38 - 39). , Combined Conference of the Australian and New Zealand History of Eduction Society [ANZHES] Mechanics' Institute Victoria [MIV] Incorporating the 10th Australian Library History Forum: Buildings, Books and Blackboards: Intersecting Narratives Australia
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, H.(2012). A sham, a delusion, and a snare: The rise and decline of the New Zealand standard VII class. . Melbourne, VIC, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, H. (2012). A sham, a delusion, and a snare: The rise and decline of the New Zealand standard VII class. In Combined Conference of the Australian and New Zealand History of Eduction Society [ANZHES] Mechanics' Institute Victoria [MIV] Incorporating the 10th Australian Library History Forum: Buildings, Books and Blackboards: Intersecting Narratives: Programme and Abstracts(pp. 33 - 33). , Combined Conference of the Australian and New Zealand History of Eduction Society [ANZHES] Mechanics' Institute Victoria [MIV] Incorporating the 10th Australian Library History Forum: Buildings, Books and Blackboards: Intersecting Narratives Australia
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Lee, H.
Openshaw, R., Lee, H., & Lee, G. (2012, November). The politics, context, and history of NCEA in New Zealand: The scottish influence and contribution to standards-based assessment in secondary education in New Zealand. Presented at Combined Conference of the Australian and New Zealand History of Eduction Society [ANZHES] Mechanics' Institute Victoria [MIV] Incorporating the 10th Australian Library History Forum: Buildings, Books and Blackboards: Intersecting Narratives. Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., & Lee, H. (2012, November). A sham, a delusion, and a snare: The rise and decline of the New Zealand standard VII class. Presented at Combined Conference of the Australian and New Zealand History of Eduction Society [ANZHES] Mechanics' Institute Victoria [MIV] Incorporating the 10th Australian Library History Forum: Buildings, Books and Blackboards: Intersecting Narratives. Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, H. (2012, July). Educational efficiency, accountability and performativity: Using curriculum assessment and qualification reforms to redefine 'knowledge'. Presented at 4th International Conference on Education, Economy and Society. Paris, France.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, HF., & Anderson, K.Some perspectives and reflections on Leadership in School Settings: Teachers and Principals as New Leaders in the 21st Century. . Sampoerna School of Education, Jakarta, Indonesia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lee, H.
Openshaw, R., Lee, HF., & Lee, G.Bridging the vocational-academic divide: The trans-hemispherical migration of examination policies and practices across international borders - Scotland and New Zealand. . University of Auckland, NZ
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, G., Hill, DJ., & Lee, HF.Teaching and learning in New Zealand/Aotearoa primary classrooms: Some historical reflections. . Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lee, H.

Other

Lee, H. (2012, May). Preparing teachers for principalship in the 21st century. In Sampoerna School of Education, Jakarta, Indonesia.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, H. (2011). Mulgan, Edward Ker. (pp. 1 - 2). Ministry for Culture and Heritage
[Other]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, H. (2011). Thomas, William. (pp. 1 - 2). Ministry for Culture and Heritage
[Other]Authored by: Lee, H.
Lee, H. (2011). Marchant, Maria Elise Allman. (pp. 1 - 2). Ministry for Culture and Heritage
[Other]Authored by: Lee, H.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 2
CoSupervisor 1 3

Teaching

My areas of teaching expertise include:

Introduction to Social and Cultural Studies in Education (100 level); Educational Theory and History of Education (300 level); and Curriculum Policy and Practice (700 level)

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Timu Niwa - Doctor of Education
    Ma Wai Ke?: An Exploratory Mixed-Methods Study on Teacher Enactment of the Ka Hikitia Policy

CoSupervisor of:

  • Jacqueline Burne - Doctor of Education
    From colonial past to New Zealand classroom: The biographical narrative of Will Potter — Commercial secondary school teacher (1958 – 1976)

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2014 - Anna Marie Tsukigawa - PhD
    Phases of differentiated Schooling: A theoretical and Conceptual Framework of the Relationship between Religion and Schooling in New Zealand and Norway
  • 2014 - Marilyn Joyce Innes - PhD
    Tomorrows School : Todays Industry. Economic agendas and competitive forces in global education: New Zealand and South Korea

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2014 - Paul Joseph Adams - PhD
    The end of the beginning? An examination of 'The New Education' and the New Education Fellowship (NEF) in New Zealand in the Interwar period (1919-1938) with particular reference to the NEF Conference 1937
  • 2013 - Madeleine Claire Hills - PhD
    Close or be Closed: To what extent can school closures and mergers be contested and negotiated?
  • 2010 - Teresa Ball - PhD
    Desirable models of behaviour: Learning to teach as a rite of passage. A historical study of initial teacher education in New Zealand

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