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Associate Professor Roseanna Bourke PhD, PGDipEdPsych, MEd (Dist), BEd, Adv.DipTchg, A.T.C.L

Associate Professor - Learning and Assessment in Education

Institute of Education

My research is currently focused on a framework for children and teachers to explore informing learning and young children’s conceptions of informal and everyday learning, and how this relates to classroom practices. I am interested in supporting teachers, psychologists and parents to understand a broader concept of learning to ensure that young people’s learning identity is not narrowed through a curriculum-specific lens. I have worked in a range of leadership roles including Manager, Professional Practice in the Ministry of Education; Director of the Centre for Educational Development (a teacher PLD service), and am currently the Academic Director of the Educational Psychology programme at Massey University.  I co-ordinate the Postgrad Cert for Tertiary Teaching and Learning and am currently working on a staff-student partnership research with tertiary students. I run national workshops for tertiary educators on Student self-assessment. An assessment method for enhanced learning.

I am a registered teacher and psychologist with an interest in the areas of learning and assessment, student voice, informal and everyday learning, ethics in education, and the impact on institutionalised practices on student learning. I am currently the co- principal investigor of a 3-year TLRI research on the impact of children’s everyday learning on teaching and learning in classrooms. I am Co-Editor of the New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies (NZJES); and Associate Editor on the International Journal of Student Voice Resesearch (IJSVR).

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 (06) 356 9099 ext. 86374
    Location: Room 3.03, Building 3, Collinson Village
    Campus: Manawatu


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2001)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology - University of Otago (1991)
  • Master of Education (with Distinction) - University of Otago (1990)
  • Bachelor of Education - Massey University (1987)
  • Adv. Diploma in Teaching - Massey University (1984)
  • Teachers Diploma (A.T.C.L) - Trinity College of Music, London (1983)

Research Expertise


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Education (130000): Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303): Education Systems (130100): Higher Education (130103): Specialist Studies in Education (130300): Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)


  • learning
  • informal learning
  • tertiary learning
  • assessment
  • self-assessment
  • Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT)
  • ethics into practice
  • student voice
  • inclusive learning
  • evaluation of practice-based initiatives in schools
  • tertiary teaching and learning

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Not Specified 0 5
Project Leader 1 5
Team Member 0 1

Current Projects

Project Title: Learning to be workplace ready through assessment: Together with students

The project identifies the benefits and challenges of creating deliberative pathways to employment via the University sector, starting with Massey University as a case study. It does this by collaborating with industry partners in a 3-way integration of faculty staff-students-industry with the focus on assessment. Assessment is a pivotal aspect of the teaching and learning relationship in tertiary education, and contemporary approaches to assessment can enable graduates to approach novel situations in the future. The project aims to explore how students can be given a greater role in developing their identity as a learner and a degree-qualified worker through assessment practices that are relevant to their intended occupational destinations (e.g. developing criteria, self-assessment and ePortfolios). The assertion is that this enables them to better position themselves as vibrant, confident, potential employees in their chosen occupational field. RESEARCH QUESTIONS: What constitutes a partnership approach in higher education? - What are current examples of faculty-student-industry partnership approaches in assessment used across the Colleges within Massey University? How does participation in these approaches influence (a) students' views of learning and (b) tertiary educators' assessment practices How does participation in these activities influence (a) students' and (b) potential employers' views of the students' employment options and confidence to actively promote their skills and understanding across university-industry contexts.
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Date Range: 2017 - 2017

Funding Body: Massey University

Project Team:

Project Title: TLRI: The impact of Children's everyday learning on teaching and learning in classrooms and across schools

We aim to develop a deep understanding of how Year 5 students learn informally in their everyday lives outside school. This knowledge will be used to support teachers across 2 schools to develop and trial classroom pedagogies that are informed by their students' informal learning strengths. By year 3 of the research, these teachers will support other teachers across another 4 schools to access and use the evidence-based resources developed to harness children's informal learning pedagogies and interests. This project explores how the knowledge of children's informal learning outside of school can enhance teaching and learning practice in the classroom. The first year researches young people's informal learning communities (ILCs). Year 5 students will develop rich media informal learning autobiographies that contribute directly to an Ako Manga professional learning process for their teachers. The second year continues the Ako Manga and the ongoing exploration of informal learning outside of school. It focuses on the teachers' experiences of incorporating informal learning (activities, pedagogies and assessments) into formal learning contexts alongside and for their students. The third year of the project involves teachers working across schools to explore whether multiple teacher communities can learn to adapt pedagogical practice across schools.
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Date Range: 2014 - 2018

Funding Body: New Zealand Council For Educational Research

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Consultancy and Languages


  • Jan 2013 - ongoing - Ako Aotearoa
    I have developed and facilitate national workshops for tertiary educators on 'Student self-assessment. An assessment method for enhanced learning'
  • Jan 2007 - Nov 2008 - Education Council
    I led a research team to develop an evidence-based programme on enhancing ethical practice for teachers across the sectors. These 'Ethics into Practice' series were facilitated across New Zealand.

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