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Suzanne Trask

Doctoral Scholar 2016

Suzanne's research enquiries into issues and opportunities surrounding NCEA Science assessment for New Zealand teachers and learners working in modern learning environments or innovative learning spaces (ILS). The focus for the research originates from an interest in 21st century teaching and learning ideals and from conversations with teachers in ILS about NCEA asessment, combined with an an affinity for classroom interaction/observational research. The working title is Re-positioning teachers and learners for Science assessment in 21st century learning environments. The two-phase research will provide a picture of what is ‘real right now’ as well as look forward to inform future directions for assessment in ILS.

Before taking up the full-time scholarship Suzanne was Teacher Educator and Practicum Co-ordinator for Secondary at Bethlehem Tertiary Institute. Previous roles held include secondary school Science/Chemistry teacher and ESOL teacher.

Suzanne’s supervisors are Professor Bronwen Cowie and Associate Professor Wendy Drewery.

Bryndis Gunnarsdottir

Bryndis Gunnarsdottir

Doctoral scholar 2015

Bryndis Gunnarsdottir is an early childhood teacher from Iceland. In 2010, she received a two year Erasmus Mundus scholarship from the European Commission and pursued a joint international masters degree in early childhood education and care (IMEC), offered by a consortium of three European universities (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway; Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland; and the University of Malta). After graduation, Bryndis worked as an early childhood teacher in Oslo, Norway.

Bryndis´ research interest is with toddlers and their social lives within ECEC. The working title of her research is Toddler friendship in ECEC: The power dynamics of social relationships within a changing construct in sociology of childhood. Her supervisors are Associate Professor Sally Peters and Dr. Amanda Bateman.

Angela Webster

Anjela Webster

Masters scholar 2015

Angela's thesis Notions and development of privacy in preteens and the relationship to decisions and actions undertaken in an online environment focuses on the preteen 11-13 years, looking at their development and notions of privacy, and how this relates to decisions, actions, and knowledge in an online environment regarding personal information. Understanding cyber safety, citizenship and digital media literacies—and how they relate to learners and users of all ages—are integral to our society. Angela believes the development and promotion of informed use of digital technologies and behaviours in the virtual environment are implicit in going forward. If we are fostering a digital culture and future, then learning and teaching needs to include robust and meaningful exploration of such issues, both at school, and in the home. As this field of study is most fluid at this point in time, Angela wants to participate in sharing, through research, outcomes that might help to inform; shape future policy decisions; initiate new knowledge for learners, teachers, schools, and parents; and influence curriculum development. According to the scholar "Our current Governmental reference for guiding digital or e-Learing in schools, is the e-Learning Planning Framework (Ministry of Education, 2010). It is a robust document but provides only a framework, with little accountability or support in its implementation, from a policy, regulatory or fiscal perspective. Further research is needed to inform and shape future recommendations and outcomes relating to digital literacies, safety and citizenship for our younger generations of online learners in the New Zealand context."

Angela's supervisor is Garry Falloon.

Judith Graham

Judith Graham

Doctoral scholar 2014-2020

Judith is HOD Guidance at Whakatane High School and has been a member of the TLRI funded project Key Competencies: How School Guidance Counsellors contribute to student learning. Her doctoral research proposal has arisen directly out of this project. This research will explore how secondary school teachers may foster the development of Key Competencies in the hidden learning that occurs in incidental and unplanned moments. It is intended to critique as well as finely describe each competency and its application, particularly in relation to Maori learners. Strategies will be developed that invite teachers to view their interactions with students through the lens of Key Competencies.

Judith has worked as a primary and secondary teacher, and as a counsellor in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health service before returning to the education sector as a Guidance Counsellor.

Bridgette Redder

Masters scholar 2014

Bridgette Redder completed her Master of Education with First Class Honours in 2014. Her thesis explored infant and peer relationships. Bridgette analysed data for her thesis that was collected for a pilot study project titled Through infant eyes (White, Peter & Redder; and poster) that she was involved in as a Summer Research Scholar in 2012 and 2013. Having worked mainly as a teacher with infants, Bridgette's primary area of interest is infants and infant pedagogy. Bridgette is presently enrolled in a PhD programme at the University of Waikato. Her doctoral thesis titled Teacher Pedagogy as an Answerable Act in Dialogic Encounters with Infants: A Self-Study of Teacher Deeds as a Moral Imperative employs a Bakhtinian dialogic approach to self-study and explores her answerable acts with infants as a source of research. Bridgette is committed to research and making changes to policy, theory and practice that will benefit very young children and their families.

Bridgette's supervisors are Associate Professor Jayne White and Dr. Mira Peter.

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