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Dr Karyn Aspden DipTchg (ECE), BEd, Dip EI, MEd (Spec Ed), PhD

Lecturer

Institute of Education

I am a Lecturer in the Institute of Education, and the Programme Coordinator of the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE). My background is in early childhood education, as a teacher, manager, early intervention teacher and then lecturer. My teaching areas include; Leadership in Early Childhood Educations, Studies of Infants and Toddlers, Professional Practice and Early Intervention. I am passionate about supporting both student teachers and experienced teachers to enhance thor professional skills and knowledge, to be effective, informed and intentional teachers of young children.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 3569099 ext. 84389
    Location: 1.02, Collinson Village
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Teaching (ECE) - Massey University (1995)
  • Bachelor of Education - Massey University (1996)
  • Diploma of Early Intervention - Auckland College of Education (1998)
  • Master of Education (Special Education, 1st class Honors) - Massey University (2003)
  • Doctor of Philosophy of Education - Massey University (2014)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Early childhood education

Initial teacher education

Practicum

Practicum Assessment

Early Intervention

Professional teaching practice

Infant and Toddlers - Education and Care 

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102): Education (130000): Education Systems (130100): Higher Education (130103): Special Education and Disability (130312): Specialist Studies in Education (130300): Te Whariki (Maori Early Childhood Education) (130107): Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)

Keywords

Early childhood education, professional practice, practicum, practicum assessment, early intervention, effective teaching practices, infants and toddlers, includive education

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 4

Research Outputs

Journal

Aspden, KM., & McLachlan, C. (2017). A complex act – Teacher educators share their perspectives of practicum assessment.. Waikato Journal of Education.
[Journal article]Authored by: Aspden, K.
McLaughlin, TW., Aspden, K., & Snyder, P. (2016). Intentional Teaching as a Pathway to Equity in Early Childhood Education: Participation, Quality, and Equity. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. 51(2), 175-195
[Journal article]Authored by: Aspden, K., McLaughlin, T.
McLaughlin, TW., Aspden, KM., & McLachlan, CJ. (2015). How do teachers build strong relationships? A study of teaching practices to support child learning and social emotional competence. Early Childhood Folio. 19(1), 31-38
[Journal article]Authored by: Aspden, K., McLaughlin, T.
Aspden, K., & Smith, P. (2012). Researching with Rogoff: Our use of the planes of analysis in educational research. Early Education. 51(Autumn/Winter), 17-21 Retrieved from http://www.aut.ac.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/393835/EE51_web.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Aspden, K.

Book

Tyler-Merrick, G., Cherrington, S., McLaughlin, T., McLachlan, CM., Aspden, KM., & Phillips, J. (2017). Early childhood education in Aotearoa/New Zealand: History and features.. In S. Garvis, S. Phillips, & H. Harju-Luukainnen (Eds.) Early Childhood Education in the 21st Century: An international perspective: Volume 1.. : Routledge
[Chapter]Authored by: Aspden, K., McLaughlin, T.Contributed to by: Aspden, K.
Aspden, KM. (2015). Dual roles: Mentoring and assessment in the early childhood practicum. In C. Murphy, & K. Thornton (Eds.) Mentoring in early childhood education. (pp. 105 - 118). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press (New Zealand council for educational research
[Chapter]Authored by: Aspden, K.

Thesis

Aspden, KM. (2014). Illuminating the assessment of practicum in New Zealand early childhood initial teacher education. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Aspden, K.

Conference

Aspden, KM., & McLaughlin, T. (2017). Early intervention and key teaching practices for infants/toddlers in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Poster session presented at the meeting of Division for Early Childhood: Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families. Portland, Oregon, USA
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Aspden, K., McLaughlin, T.
Aspden, KM. (2016, July). A complex act – Teacher educators share their stories of practicum assessment.. Presented at Teacher Education Forum of New Zealand (TEFANZ) Conference. Dunedin, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aspden, K.
Aspden, KM., & McLaughlin, T. (2016, November). Teaching practices for infants and toddlers: Examining transitions.. Presented at New Zealand Association for Research in Education
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aspden, K.
McLaughlin, T., & Aspden, K. (2016, November). Identifying teaching practices for early childhood.. Presented at New Zealand Association for Research in Education. Wellington, NZ..
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aspden, K.Contributed to by: Aspden, K.
McLaughlin, T., & Aspden, KM. (2015, November). Promoting children’s learning and social-emotional competence: Research design and development.. Presented at New Zealand Association for Research in Education. Whakatane.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aspden, K.
Aspden, KM. (2014, November). Practicum assessment as an institutional, relational and individual act: An examination of four case studies.. Presented at Australian Association of Research in Education. Brisbane, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aspden, K.
Aspden, KM. (2012, November). Sharing stories – Student Teachers, Teacher Educators and Associate Teachers talk about the assessment of practicum. Presented at ECE SIG Hui - NZARE Conference. Hamilton.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aspden, K.
Aspden, KM. (2012, November). Sharing stories – Student Teachers, Teacher Educators and Associate Teachers talk about the assessment of practicum. Presented at NZARE Conference. Hamilton.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aspden, K.
Bethell, K., Dean, JK., Cameron, M., Aspden, K., McLachlin, C., Watson, J., . . . Smith, P. (2012). Early years research: Relational, responsive and connected. Poster session presented at the meeting of Vice Chancellor Symposium. Wellington
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Aspden, K., Cameron, M.
Aspden, KM. (2012, November). Sharing stories – Student Teachers, Teacher Educators and Associate Teachers talk about the assessment of practicum. Presented at NZARE Early Childhood SIG Research Hui. Rotorua, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aspden, K.
Aspden, KM., & Aspden, KM. (2012, November). Sharing stories – Student Teachers, Teacher Educators and Associate Teachers talk about the assessment of practicum. Presented at NZARE Early Childhood Education SIG, Reserach Hui. Rotorua, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aspden, K.
Aspden, KM., & Smith, PJ. (2011, November). Research Journeys with Rogoff. Presented at New Zealand Association for Research in Education. Tauranga.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aspden, K.
Aspden, KM.Light and Shadow: Illuminating the assessment of practicum in early childhood initial teacher education. : Presentation to the NZARE Early Childhood SIG Hui
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Aspden, K.
Aspden, KM. (2010, November). Light and Shadow: Illuminating the assessment of practicum in early childhood initial teacher education. Presented at Presentation to the NZARE SIG ECE Hui. Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aspden, K.
Aspden, KM. (2011). Light and Shadow: Illuminating the assessment of practicum in early childhood initial teacher education. Proceedings of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference and Annual Meeting, 2010. Wellington, New Zealand: NZARE
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Aspden, K.

Other

Aspden, KM. (2014, March). The Assessment of Practicum - Associate Teachers tell their story.. In The Annual Auckland Associate Teachers Symposium.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Aspden, K.

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