Networks and Partnerships

The research theme around NETWORKS AND PARTNERSHIPS  explores the importance of agency, relational agency and the importance of creating spaces between diverse individuals and groups. The object of activity includes how partnerships with others (e.g. children and young people, professional groups, practitioners, staff and students, community members) involves sharing diverse ideas and understandings,  intergenerational learning experiences and creates new ways of working. We are interested in how to facilitate innovation through creating networking possibilities across the education sector groups (EC, primary, secondary and tertiary) and beyond.

Current Research 

Corrective Lenses 

The impact of the provision of corrective lenses on the learning, behaviour and social outcomes of students in years 5 and 6.

This study, carried out by Associate Professor Alison Kearney and Dr Julia Budd, is investigating the impact of corrective lenses on the learning, behaviour and social outcomes of students in years 5 and 6. The project involves

  • The examination of identified students' school records in relation to learning and behaviour
  • Questionnaires with the students who received glasses, along with their parents/whanau and teachers. There will be two questionnaires, one prior to each student receiving their glasses and one five months after (either online or paper copy);
  • Follow-up interviews

Participants are those children who have been part of a project funded by Essilor and who have been identified as requiring corrective lenses. It also involves their parents/whanau and their teachers.

Research Contacts

Please feel free to contact either of the researchers. Contact details are as follows

Dr Julia Budd
Massey University Institute of Education
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North
Phone (06) 3569099 Ext 84412
Associate Professor Alison Kearney
Massey University Institute of Education
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North
Phone (06) 3569099 Ext 84416

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