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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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Professional

Contact details

  • Location: 1.05, Collinson Village
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • 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.

Thematics

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)

Keywords

  • 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 Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 0

Research Outputs

Journal

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.
Little, J., & Atkins, RA. (2016). A new focus for social studies: The importance of active citizenship..
[Internet publication]Authored by: Atkins, R.Contributed to 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 http://www.nzare.org.nz/
[Journal article]Authored by: Atkins, R., Taylor, R.Edited by: Taylor, R.

Book

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.

Thesis

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.

Conference

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.
Wood, BE., Taylor, RM., Johnston, M., Atkins, RA., & Wallis, C. (2016, November). The politics and pedagogies of transformative, active citizenship education.. Presented at New Zealand Association for Research in Education The politics of learning Nōku anō te Takapau Waranui. Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, NZ..
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Atkins, R.Contributed to by: Atkins, R.
Atkins, RA., Wood, BE., & Taylor, RM. (2015, November). Enhancing student achievement within the NCEA ‘personal social action’ standards. Presented at New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference. Te toroa titiro tawhiti. Emancipation through Education.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Atkins, R.
Atkins, RA. (2015, September). Unlocking the formative potential of assessment in social studies.. Presented at SocCon15 New Zealand Social Sciences Conference: Creating Collegial Connections – Inspiring Teachers.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Atkins, R.
Atkins, RA., & Boyack, D. (2015, September). Promoting conceptual thinking in social studies.. Presented at SocCon15 New Zealand Social Sciences Conference: Creating Collegial Connections – Inspiring Teachers.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Atkins, R.
Wood, BE., Atkins, RA., Taylor, RM., Wilson, J., & Greenland, M. (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.

Other

Wood, BE., Taylor, RM., Atkins, RA., Greenland, M., Perkins, A., & Wilson, J. (2017, February). Taking social action in Social Studies: What can we learn from current research to support students to take meaningful social action? Workshop 2 for Secondary School Social Studies Teachers. In Secondary School Social Studies Teachers and Researchers. Presented at Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, 18 Buckle Street, Wellington..
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Atkins, R.Contributed to by: Atkins, R.
Atkins, RA. (2015, May). Civic and Citizenship learning in NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Atkins, R.

Supervision and Teaching

Teaching

260.492 Teaching and Learning in a Secondary Context

278.428 Education in Science, Social Science and Technology

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