International short courses

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We organise international short courses tailored to meet the requirements of your educational institution.

Your students can study in New Zealand, online, or in your own country. Courses can be for university lecturers, school teachers, government ministry staff, education students, and educators in many disciplines. Courses could be for a few days, a week, a month or longer.

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Short course topics

Some examples of topics include:
- Leadership
- 21st century teaching
- New Zealand education system
- Assessment for learning
- Curriculum development
- Pedagogy
- Teaching as inquiry
- Research preparation
- TESOL
- Inclusive/special needs education

Tātai Angitu

Our professional short courses are offered in partnership with Tātai Angitu, the professional learning centre of the Institute of Education.

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Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 84449

Dr Alyson McGee Teaching, TESOL, English, TESOL, Education

Senior Lecturer in TESOL Leadership

Institute of Education

After doing my teaching degree in UK, and teaching in primary and secondary schools, I realised that what I really loved was teaching English to learners with different languages and cultures. I started teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and gained a post graduate diploma in this field (1980) Masters in TESOL, (1992) and PhD (1999). One of the great things about the field of TESOL is that I have been privileged to work in many countries including Turkey, Greece, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and now New Zealand, with students and teachers from diverse contexts and backgrounds. In 2007, I joined Massey University, College of Education, Centre for Educational Development with a research focus in the field of professional learning for teachers and inservice teacher educators. Since 2010 I have been Senior Lecturer in TESOL Leadership in the Institute of Education, and this area brings together the fields of TESOL, leadership and professional learning.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 356 9099 ext 84449
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • BEd - Birmingham University, UK (1979)
  • Post Graduate Diploma - Cambridge University, UK (1980)
  • MEd - Birmingham University, UK (1984)
  • MSc - Aston University, UK (1992)
  • PhD - Gothenburg University, Sweden (1999)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My past and current research focus has been in the field of teaching and teacher education and is tied together by qualitative research methodologies. Within the teacher education area I have focused on two main fields of research; (1) professional development for teachers and teacher educators and (2) teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

Two examples of previous research projects are one in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and one in New Zealand. The UAE research was a two year nationwide project funded by the UAE Ministry of Education for inservice teacher educators of English to speakers of other languages. This research project investigated the use of action research approaches for professional development for these educators. The New Zealand research was also part of a Ministry of Education funded project for inservice teacher educator, which explored inquiry approaches for professional learning.

My present and future research will continue to build on my previous research fields but will also add a focus on the newly emergent area of TESOL leadership. It will also involve teachers in schools in New Zealand and internationally. My current research project uses a case study approach to explore the leadership of TESOL within schools and investigate how TESOL knowledge is dispersed and professional developed in schools.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics (200401):
Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302): Education (130000): Educational Administration, Management and Leadership (130304):
English as a Second Language (200303): Language Studies (200300): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Linguistics (200400):
Specialist Studies in Education (130300): Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399): Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)

Keywords

TESOL,

Second language acquisition,

TESOL leadership,

international students,

ESOL learners, action research,

Professional learning and development

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 2

Research Outputs

Journal

Skyrme, G., & McGee, A. (2016). Pulled in many directions: tensions and complexity for academic staff responding to international students. Teaching in Higher Education. 21(7), 759-772
[Journal article]Authored by: McGee, A., Skyrme, G.
Bourke, R., & McGee, A. (2012). The challenge of change: Using activity theory to understand a cultural innovation. Journal of Educational Change. , 1-17
[Journal article]Authored by: Bourke, R., McGee, A.
Mcgee, A., Haworth, P., & Macintyre, L. (2015). Leadership Practices to Support Teaching and Learning for English Language Learners. TESOL Quarterly. 49(1), 92-114
[Journal article]Authored by: Haworth, P., McGee, A.
Haworth, P., McGee, A., & Macintyre, LK. (2015). Building a whole school approach and teacher efficacy with English language learners. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. 21(2), 164-177
[Journal article]Authored by: Haworth, P., McGee, A.
Mcgee, A., Haworth, P., & Macintyre, L. (2014). Leadership practices to support teaching and learning for english language learners. TESOL Quarterly.
[Journal article]Authored by: Haworth, P., McGee, A.
McGee, AJ. (2014). Successful leadership practices.. : http://esolonline.tki.org.nz/ESOL-Online/Community-discussions/Primary-ESOL
[Internet publication]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, A. (2012). Realizing the Power of professional learning. Professional Development in Education. 38(4), 694-695
[Journal article]Authored by: McGee, A.
Bourke, R., & McGee, A. (2012). The challenge of change: Using activity theory to understand a cultural innovation. Journal of Educational Change. 13(2), 217-233
[Journal article]Authored by: Bourke, R., McGee, A.
Bevan-Brown, J., McGee, A., Ward, A., & Maclntyre, L. (2011). Personalising learning: A passing fad or a cornerstone of education?. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. 46(2), 75-88
[Journal article]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, A., & Lawrence, A. (2009). Teacher educators inquiring into their own practice. Professional Development in Education. 35(1), 139-157
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawrence, J., McGee, A.
McGee, AJ., & Lawrence, A. (2008). Challenging your bicultural thinking. New Zealand Education Review. 13(19), 10-10
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawrence, J., McGee, A.
McGee, A. (2008). Critical reflections of action research used for professional development in a Middle Eastern Gulf State. Educational Action Research. 16(2), 235-250
[Journal article]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ., & Cader, Y. (2005). Enhancing academic practice. Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf perspective. 2(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ. (2003). Review of Adrian Holliday: Doing and writing qualitative research. Applied Linguistics Journal. 24(I), 122-125
[Journal article]Authored by: McGee, A.

Book

Bourke, R., Lawrence, A., McGee, A., O'Neill, J., & Curzon, J. (Eds.) (2008). Talk about learning. Working alongside teachers. : Pearson Education
[Edited Book]Edited by: Bourke, R., McGee, A., O'Neill, J.
McGee, A. (2011). Building collaborative professional learning within an organisation. In J. Higgins, R. Parsons, & L. Bonne (Eds.) Processes of Inquiry: Inservice Teacher Educators Research their Practice. (pp. 45 - 63). Netherlands: Sense Publishers
[Chapter]Authored by: McGee, A.
Bourke, ., R, ., Lawrence, ., A, ., McGee, ., O'Neill, ., . . . J, . (Eds.) (2008). Talk About Learning: Working Alongside Teachers. New Zealand: Perason Education Limitied
[Edited Book]Edited by: Lawrence, J., McGee, A., O'Neill, J.
Bourke, R., McGee, AJ., & O'Neill, JG. (2008). Facilitating Teacher Learning. In R. Bourke, A. Lawrence, A. McGee, . O'Neill, & J. Curzon (Eds.) Talk About Learning: Working Alongside Teachers. (pp. 65 - 71). New Zealand: Perason Education Limitied
[Chapter]Authored by: McGee, A., O'Neill, J.Edited by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ., Bourke, R., & O'Neill, JG. (2008). Theorising Teacher Learning. In R. Bourke, A. Lawrence, A. McGee, J. O'Neill, & J. Curzon (Eds.) Talk About Learning: Working Alongside Teachers. (pp. 9 - 12). New Zealand: Pearson Education Limitied
[Chapter]Authored by: McGee, A.Edited by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ. (2008). Encouraging sustainable change through research. In R. Bourke, A. Lawrence, A. McGee, J. O'Neill, & J. Curzon (Eds.) Talk About Learning: Working Alongside Teachers. (pp. 50 - 63). New Zealand: Perason Education Limitied
[Chapter]Authored by: McGee, A.Edited by: McGee, A., O'Neill, J.
Bourke, R., Larence, A., McGee, A., O'Neill, J., & Curzon, J. (Eds.) (2008). Putting teacher learning in context. (Vol. 5) Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson Education
[Edited Book]Edited by: Lawrence, J., McGee, A., O'Neill, J.
Nozaki, Y., Openshaw, R., & Luke, A. (2005). Introduction. (pp. 1 - 10).
[Chapter]Authored by: McGee, A.Edited by: McGee, A.
Bourke, R., McGee, AJ., & O'Neill, JG. (2008). Section one: Theorising teacher learning. In R. Bourke, A. Lawrence, A. McGee, J. O'Neill, & J. Curzon (Eds.) Talk About Learning: Working Alongside Teachers. (pp. 9 - 12). Auckland: Pearson Education
[Chapter]Edited by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ. (2007). Using action research for professional development in a Middle East setting. In A. Jendli, CA. Coombe, & S. Troudi (Eds.) The Power of Language: Perspectives from Arabia. (pp. 383 - 400). Arabia: Tesol
[Chapter]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ. (2005). The needs of English teachers. In P. Z, . Al-Hamly, . M, . Coombe, . C, & S. Troudi (Eds.) Standards in English Language Teaching and Assessment. (pp. 78 - 85). Dubai, United Arab Emirates: TESOL Publications
[Chapter]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ. (2003). Developing good research practices. In Z. Syed, C. Coombe, & S. Troudi (Eds.) Crictical Reflections and Practice. (pp. 115 - 123). Dubai, United Arab Emirates: TESOL Publications
[Chapter]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ.(1996). Read to Write-Well - Teachers Guide. Gothenburg, Sweden: Akademiforlaget Coruna
[Authored Book]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ.(1995). Read to Write-Well. Gothenburg, Sweden: Akademiforlaget Coruna
[Authored Book]Authored by: McGee, A.

Thesis

McGee, AJ. (1999). Investigating Language Anxiety through Action Inquiry. (Doctoral Thesis, Acta Publisihing, Gothenburg, Sweden)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: McGee, A.

Conference

McGee, A. (2017). Challenges, change and responsibility: Academics perceptions around internationalisation in higher education. , European Conference on Education
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, A. (2015). LEARNING CONTENT THROUGH ENGLISH TO PROM BORDERLESS ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION. , ASAIHL 2016 CONFERENCE
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, A. (2015). What are successful leadership practices for English language learners?. , ISATT 17th Biennial Conference of Teachers and Teaching
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, A. (2015, December). Learning a Language through Content. Presented at 9th International Conference on Teaching, Education and Learning (ICTEL). Bangkok, Thailand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ. (2015, January). Academics' perceptions of teaching international students. Presented at Professional and Continuing Education. Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A.
Skyrme, G., McGee, AJ., & Walker, U. (2014, November). Supporting university teachers in their practice with international students. Presented at Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A., Skyrme, G., Walker, U.
Skyrme, G., & McGee, AJ. (2014, July). International students in mainstream university classes: teachers' perspectives. Presented at Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A., Skyrme, G.
McGee, AJ. (2013, December). What are successful leadership practices for English language learners?. Presented at Australian Association for Research in Education. Adelaide, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ., & McGee, A. (2013, October). Leadership practices for English Language Learners. Presented at Manawatu Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages. Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ. (2012, October). What style of leadership supports learners of English as an additional language?. Presented at Community Languages and English to Speakers of Other Languages. Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, A. (2012). What style of leadership supports learners of English as an additional language?. In CLESOL Speaker Profiles and Abstracts, CLESOL
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee A & Haworth P, . (2011, November). EAL leadership. Presented at MANATESOL. Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, A. (2011, November). How is English as an Additional Language led, constructed, and experienced in a New Zealand school?. Presented at Language, Education and Diversity International Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ. (2009, November). Facilitating collaborative professional learning within an organisation. Presented at New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference and Annual Meeting. Rotorua, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, A., & Lawrence, A. (2008, September). Evidence based professional learning for those who help teachers learn. Presented at Assessment for Learning, Enquiry and Curriculum. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawrence, J., McGee, A.
McGee, A. (2008, December). Teacher educators leading their own professional learning. Presented at Whose Development is it Anyway? 40th Annual Conference International Professional Development Association. Liverpool, England.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, A., Hammond, C., & Wano, B. (2008, November). A cultural self review: Challenging our bi-cultural thinking. Presented at Education in Change. New Zealand Association for Research in Education conference. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, A. (2008, November). Building on our learning about inservice teacher education. Presented at Education in Change. New Zealand Association for Research in Education conference. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ., Lawrence, A., Geddes, SY., Steele, R., Coles, BR., & Morrison, J. (2008, July). Teacher educators leading their own learning: a study examining an evidence-based professional learning project. Presented at Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ). Hamilton, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawrence, J., McGee, A.
Lawrence, A., Geddes, SY., Steele, R., McGee, AJ., Coles, BR., & Morrison, J. (2008). Teacher educators leading their own learning: a study examining an evidence-based professional learning project. In Proceedings of the Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ): TEFANZ
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Lawrence, J., McGee, A.
McGee, AJ., & Lawrence, A. (2008, September). Evidence-based professional learning for those who help teachers learn. Presented at Assessment for Learning, Enquiry and Curriculum Conference. Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawrence, J., McGee, A.
McGee, AJ., & Lawrence, A. (2008). Evidence-based professional learning for those who help teachers learn. In Proceedings of the Assessment for Learning, Enquiry and Curriculum Conference: Massey University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Lawrence, J., McGee, A.
McGee, AJ., Lawrence, A., Wano, P., & Te Amo, GM. (2008, September). Cultural Self Review: Challenging our bicultural thinking. Presented at New Zealand Commerce and Economics Teachers' Association National Conference. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawrence, J., McGee, A.
McGee, AJ., Lawrence, A., Wano, P., & Te Amo, GM. (2008). Cultural self review: Challenging our bicultural thinking. In Proceedings of the New Zealand Commerce and Economics Teachers' Association National Conference: CETA
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Lawrence, J., McGee, A.
McGee, A., Lawrence, A., & Geddes, S. (2007, December). Keeping instep with professional learning of inservice teacher educators. Presented at Education in the Pacific. New Zealand Association for Research in Education Annual Conference. Christchurch, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawrence, J., McGee, A.
McGee, AJ. (2007, May). How important is it to understand language anxiety for ESOL teachers?. Presented at MANATESOL's ESOL in the Manawatu Day - English and the Future?. Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ. (2007). How important is it to understand language anxiety for ESOL teachers?. In Proceedings of the MANATESOL's ESOL in the Manawatu Day - English and the Future?: MANATESOL
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ., Lawrence, A., & Geddes, SY. (2007). Keeping instep with professional learning for inservice teacher educators. In Proceedings of the Education in the Pacific NZARE National Conference(pp. 100). : Teaching and Learning Research Initiative
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Lawrence, J., McGee, A.
McGee, AJ. (2007, April). Using action research as a professional development tool. Presented at Proceedings of the 8th Annual United Arab Emirates University Research Conference. United Arab Emirates.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ. (2007). Using action research as a professional development tool. Proceedings of the 8th Annual United Arab Emirates University Research Conference. (pp. 1 - 9).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ. (2006, March). Using action research as a professional development tool for teacher educators in the U.A.E.. Presented at TESOL Arabia Conference 2006. Dubai, UAE.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A.
McGee, AJ. (2006, March). Using action research as a professional development tool for teacher educators in the U.A.E.. . Dubai, UAE.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McGee, A.

Other

McGee, AJ. (2012). English for Additional Languages Studies at the College of Education at Massey University. Migrant, Refugee and InternationalEducation Team, Ministry of Education
[Other]Authored by: McGee, A.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • French
    Last used: 2010
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Average

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 0 2
CoSupervisor 1 2

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Ong-Art Namwong - PhD
    Learner-centred Approaches in Teaching English in Thailand

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2017 - ~ Bachtiar - PhD
    Indonesian EFL Teachers’ Perceptions of the Influence and Role of Professional Development and Teacher Study Groups on Teachers’ Self-Efficacy: A Mixed Methods Study
  • 2017 - Paweena Chatsungnoen - PhD
    Needs Analysis for an English for Specific Purposes (ESP) Course for Thai Undergraduates in a Food Science and Technology Programme

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2016 - Carmen Joy Denekamp - Doctor of Education
    The Development of L2 Arab Writers' Proficiency: Autonomy, Online Self-Access Centres, and Advisement
  • 2015 - Supornphan Konchiab - PhD
    Development of Communication Strategy Instruction For A Tourism Education Programme in Thailand

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