Dr Frances Edwards

Frances Edwards

Senior Lecturer


Assessment and Evaluation in Education; Curriculum; Education; Pacific/Pacifica Education; Science Education; Teacher Education; Teacher Professional Learning/Development; Teaching

Qualifications: BSc (Waik), DipT (Auck), CTEFLA, PGDipSLT(Dist), MA (Massey), MEd, PhD (Waik)

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Edwards, Dr Frances 6170 francese TL.3.13 Te Hononga Curriculum and Pedagogy

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Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Assessment, teacher development, assessment literacy for teachers, women in educational leadership, self-assessment, achievement for Pacific students, data literacy

Research Interests

Assessment, Teacher education,  Secondary education, Assessment literacy, Pacific education, Curriculum, Science education

Recent Publications

  • Edwards, F. (2018). Tracing teachers’ assessment literacy development. In 2018 ATEA & TEFANZ Conference Teacher Education in and for Uncertain Times. La Trobe University, Melbourne, Vicotria, Australia.

  • Edwards, F. (2018). Learning how to assess in uncertain times: Influences on teacher decision-making. In 2018 ATEA & TEFANZ Conference Teacher Education in and for Uncertain Times. Conference held at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

  • Edwards, F. (2017). The development of summative assessment literacy: An exploration of the experiences of beginner secondary science teachers in New Zealand. (PhD Thesis, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand). Retrieved from

  • Mortimer, S., & Edwards, F. (2017). Scaling the mountain to principalship. Barriers and enablers in a female first time principal’s journey to leadership. In NZARE 2017 Conference. Conference held at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Open Access version:

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