Ms Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips

Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips

Qualifications: B.Soc Sci, Dip Tchg, MEd

About Jeanette

Formerly a kindergarten teacher, Jeanette has been at the University of Waikato in the Faculty of Education since 2005. She completed her Masters of Education in 2007 with a thesis entitled: Distributing the leadership: A case study of professional development. Jeanette has had a long involvement with NZEI Te Riu Roa, the teachers union, at both a local and national level. Jeanette has held a number of roles within the Faculty of Education, the wider University and in the early childhood education sector in general.  She was recently a member of a ministerial advisory group about early learning.

Jeanette's interests include: formative assessment, early childhood learning environments, leadership, social justice and family empowerment and educational policy. Jeanette's Ph.D (currently under examination) thesis is about the empowerment of families to realise their aspirations through their involvement with early childhood education.

Jeanette has been a co-director (with Professor Margaret Carr) of 3 Teaching and Learning Research Initiatives- see research portal for details.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

60 point dissertation entitled: How effectively do the published Education Review Office-Te Tari Arotake Matauranga ( ERO) early childhood education reports reflect the evaluation indicators of Ngā Pou Here of the ERO framework He Pou Tātaki in Aotearoa New Zealand?

Research Interests

My research interests include leadership, family empowerment, narrative assessment, children's meaning-making in museums, social and educational policy.

Externally funded research projects

Teaching Learning Research Initiative 2 year research project 2007-08 entitled:

Strengthening Reciprocal and Responsive Relationships through a Whānau Tangata centre: an action research project.

TLRI 2 year research project 2010-11 entitled:Our Place: Being curious at Te Papa.

TLRI 2 year research project 2012-13 entitled: Children as teachers, families as learners.

3 year Marsden project (2014-2017) entitled: Children visiting a museum: Information gathering or creative capacity building?

Masters of Education thesis (2007). Distributing the leadership:A case studdy of professional development.

Ph.D thesis. Fighting the odds to make it even: mapping an affordance ecosystem in a kindergarten community. Submitted for examination Nov, 2015.

Recent Publications

  • Clarkin-Phillips, J. G., & Coulston, A. (2016). Transforming a kindergarten’s social, material and cultural capital: “to make the world a better place”. In NZEALS Conference 2016. Conference held at the Dunedin centre, Dunedin, New Zealand.

  • Clarkin-Phillips, J. G. (2016). Fighting the odds to make it even: mapping an affordance ecosystem in a kindergarten community. (PhD Thesis).

  • Kelly, J. P., & Clarkin-Phillips, J. (2016). Letter from the Waikato. Early Education, 59(Autumn/Winter), 4-5.

  • Clarkin-Phillips, J. G. (2016). Integrated early years services: an initial overview of provision in Aotearoa New Zealand. In Early Years Research Centre Forum: Promoting policy and service development for integrated ECE services.

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Early Childhood Learning; Education Policy; Leadership; Social Policy

Early childhood learning. I teach curriculum and pedagogy at undergraduate and masters level with a particular focus on narrative assessment. Leadership. My MEd thesis and subsequent publications about distributed leadership have filled a gap about early childhood leadership. Educational and social policy. I have a long held interest in a broad range of early childhood policy development including teachers' working conditions, family support, integrated service provision, children's health and well-being, continuity of learning and the privatisation of early childhood education.

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Clarkin-Phillips, Ms Jeanette 4875 jgcp TT.2.12B Te Whiringa Educational Leadership and P

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