Wendy Holley-Boen

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Institute of Education
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Practicing Fiercely: Fulfilment through Stance, Supports and Stamina
A participatory narrative inquiry of specialist teachers’ practice in Aotearoa

Research Description
The central questions are around postgraduate student's own understandings of authentic practice, wellbeing and professional identity. Alongside eight postgraduate students in the Specialist Teaching programme, I am exploring the connections between these ideas, how they shift over time and the implications for students as well as postgraduate programmes. I am gathering this information through interviews at the beginning and end of the year, over two years, as well as focus "whānau groups" with all eight students. This study will lead to a rigorous, contextualised and co-constructed understanding of authentic practice, professional identity and wellbeing. These ideas will inform a conceptual framework for use by individual students and staff, as well as programme-wide.

Personal Description
I am a lecturer on the Specialist Teaching programme, based at Massey University- Albany Campus. I would like to remain on the Specialist Teaching during and after my research, in order to embed my findings within our current structures. I would also like to create a framework with wider utility that may be of interest to other postgraduate programmes.

Associate Professor Tracy Riley
Ms Jill Bevan-Brown
Dr Jude MacArthur
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