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Dr Noeline Wright

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Noeline Wright
Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research
Senior Research Officer

Te Hononga School of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Senior Lecturer

Technology, Environmental, Mathematics, and Science Education Research Centre
Researcher (Digitally Mediated Education)

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Doctor of EducationUniversity of Waikato
Diploma in Educational LeadershipUniversity of Waikato
Diploma in TeachingNZ Department of Education
Master of ArtsUniversity of Auckland
Bachelor of ArtsUniversity of Auckland
Secondary Teachers College DiplomaAuckland Teachers College


Secondary Teacher Graduate Education Programme, Masters of Teaching and Learning papers, e-Education papers


Current personal research centres on aspects of e-learning, particuarly in secondary school classrooms. I'm working closely with a lcoal school as teachers ready themselves for becoming BYOD. I also co-convene our biennial mLearning Day which is open to faculty staff, students and New Zealand teachers. A key feature of my research centres on using action research to examine the pedagogical uses of digital technologies in both preservice and inservice educational contexts. 

I am general editor of Waikato Journal of Education

Another project is a longitudinal investigation into the first four years of new secondary schools - from the appointment of key stakeholders through to three years of teaching and learning. 

A project involving teachers in a secondary school as they develop their digital technology use for learning is yielding interesting findings that are being published (see 2015 articles). 

I also direct the ULearn Conference Research Strand, in conjunction with CORE Edcuation staff. This strand is developing into a highly respected conference strand for it centres on delegates learning from peers' educational research as well as that which is presented by academics in the educaiton field. 

Embedding literacy in tertiary/vocational contexts has also featured as a research interest, particularly using action enquiry as a method for data collection, generation, analysis and reflection leading to enhanced professional practices.

Internationally, I was one of the faculty staff involved in a longitudinal NZAID project to support staff and programme development for the School of Education in Honiara, Solomon Islands. 

In 2002, I completed an educational leadership doctorate centred on the professional lives of English Heads of Department, with the findings represented as a short story. 

Research interests

e-learning and mLearning; pedagogy, leadership in secondary schools, especially organisational change processes; literacy in secondary schools; gender and education; beginning teacher development.


Wright, N. & Forbes, D. (Eds) (2015). Digital Smarts: Enhancing learning and teaching. Hamilton, NZ: WMIER. Accessed at: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/wmier/publications/books/digital-smarts-enhancing-learning-and-teaching

Wright, N. (2015). Developing digital smarts in initial teacher education: What motivates new teachers to continue using digital technologies for learning? In, Noeline Wright and Dianne Forbes (Eds). Digital Smarts: Enhancing learning and teaching. (pp. 104-122) Hamilton, NZ: WMIER. Accessed at: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/wmier/publications/books/digital-smarts-enhancing-learning-and-teaching 

 Wright, N. (2015). Vignettes of pedagogical practices with iPads: Reinforcing pedagogy, not transforming it. International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design, 5(3), 62-73

Wright, N. (2015) A case for adapting and applying continuance theory to education: understanding the role of student feedback in motivating teachers to persist with including digital technologies in learning, Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice, 21:4, 459-471, DOI: 10.1080/13540602.2014.969105

Wright, N. (2014). Using an extended food metaphor to explain concepts about pedagogy. Curriculum Matters. 10, 134-151

Wright, N., Cook, M., Collett, S., & Rinsma, I. (2013). COWpads: Sharing iPads in a range of secondary school classrooms. Computers in New Zealand Schools: Learning, teaching, technology, 25(1–3), 152- 166. http://www.otago.ac.nz/cdelt/otago065371.pdf

Wright, N. (2010) e-learning and implications for New Zealand schools: a literature review. Welington, Ministry of Education at: http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/ict/77614 

Wright, N. (2010). Twittering in teacher education: reflecting on practicum experiences. Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning. 25(3) 259-265.

Wright, N. (2009). Shifting teachers' practices: how literacy can be a focus for altering pedagogical practices.The International Journal of Learning. 16(4) 503-514.

Wright, N. (2007). School Language Policies. In, S. May and N. H. Hornberger (eds), Encyclopedia of Language and Education, 2nd Edition, Volume 1: Language Policy and Political Issues in Education. 243-254.

Wright, N. (2007). Building literacy communities of practice across subject disciplines in secondary schools. Language and Education. 21(5) 420-433 http://www.www.multilingual-matters.co

May, S. & Wright, N. (2007). Secondary literacy across the curriculum: Challenges and possibilities. Language and Education. 21(5) 370-376 http://www.www.multilingual-matters.com

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