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Dr Karyn Aspden BEd, PhD, MEd

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Education

I am a Lecturer in the Institute of Education, and the Programme Coordinator of the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE). My background is in early childhood education, as a teacher, manager, early intervention teacher and then lecturer. My teaching areas include; Leadership in Early Childhood Educations, Studies of Infants and Toddlers, Professional Practice and Early Intervention. I am passionate about supporting both student teachers and experienced teachers to enhance thor professional skills and knowledge, to be effective, informed and intentional teachers of young children.

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 3569099 ext. 84389
    Location: 1.02, Collinson Village
    Campus: Turitea


  • Bachelor of Education - Massey University (1996)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2015)
  • Master of Education - Massey University (2004)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Early childhood education

Initial teacher education


Practicum Assessment

Early Intervention

Professional teaching practice

Infant and Toddlers - Education and Care 


21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102): Education (130000): Education Systems (130100): Higher Education (130103): Special Education and Disability (130312): Specialist Studies in Education (130300): Te Whariki (Maori Early Childhood Education) (130107): Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)


Early childhood education, professional practice, practicum, practicum assessment, early intervention, effective teaching practices, infants and toddlers, includive education

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 4

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 265.410 Professional Practice 1 (ECE)
  • 265.411 Professional Practice 2 (ECE)
  • 265.412 Curriculum and Pedagogy A (ECE)
  • 265.413 Curriculum and Pedagogy B (ECE)
  • 265.470 ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice 1
  • 265.473 Integrating Early Childhood Curriculum: Mathematics and Literacy
  • 265.476 Curriculum and Teacher Inquiry in ECE
  • 265.485 ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice 2
  • 265.736 Quality in Early Years Education

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Linda Clarke - Doctor of Philosophy
    Practice-Based Coaching to Promote Teaching Practices that Support and Enhance Toddlers’ Social-Emotional Competence in New Zealand Early Childhood Services

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