We are a community of researchers who work with communities to address the challenges of equity within the education sector. The aim of the Equity through Education Network is to research methods and models for educational change with communities of parents, educators, advocates, learners and researchers both within and outside formal education.

We believe achieving equity through education involves:

  • Changing the conversations about research, inclusion, diversity and equity
  • Looking at equity through different lenses and diverse angles
  • Working alongside communities researching topics of importance to them
  • Combining knowledge with action and achieving change
  • Promoting a co-learning and empowering process that attends to social inequalities
  • Addressing equity issues from positive and ecological perspectives

Alison Kearney and  Mandia Mentis are leading the development of our community, bringing a shared enthusiasm for  re-thinking research around equity with, from and about communities. As a team, we want to lead the exploration of questions surrounding equity through the lens of education by:

  • Using mixed methods and participatory approaches to research
  • Collecting data through diverse ways, for example social media
  • Disseminating research findings in different ways, through exhibitions, social media-websites, blogs, and, of course, research papers and presentations
  • Collaborating with interprofessional research teams

Our research community members are primarily based in the Massey University Institute of Education, but we collaborate with a range of different people. Our current members are:

To connect with us follow us on Facebook 'Equity through Education Centre' or Twitter #equitythrougheducation

  • Associate Professor Alison Kearney

    Associate Professor Alison Kearney

    Associate Professor - Institute of Education

    I am an Associate Professor in the Institute of Education at Massey University. I teach into the M.Ed and PG Dip/M. Specialist Teaching Programmes. My research focuses on issues associated with equity in education, and in particular, the exclusion and marginalisation of disabled students from and within school. I am the editor of Kairaranga a New Zealand Education Journal and am a member of the editorial panel of the International Journal of Inclusive Education. I have supervised both Masters and PhD students. 

  • Associate Professor Mandia Mentis

    Associate Professor Mandia Mentis

    Associate Professor - Institute of Education

    I am an Educational Psychologist and coordinate the postgraduate programmes in Inclusive Education and Specialist Teaching in the Institute of Education, Massey University. My research interest in equity through education is around digital literacy and identity and the affordances of new technologies for teaching and learning in a complex and changing world. My focus is on personalising the learning experience through cognitive and dynamic approaches to learning and assessment. This aligns with my supervision and involvement with non-formal professional learning and development courses.

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