Dr Noeline Wright

Noeline Wright

Senior Research Officer/Senior Lecturer


Education; Education Research; E-Education; E-Learning; Pedagogy; Teaching and Learning; Teaching Online

action research digital technologies in education

Qualifications: BA, MA, ED, DipEL, DipTeach

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Wright, Dr Noeline 7861 noelinew TW.1.11 Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educat
Wright, Dr Noeline 7861 noelinew TW.1.11 Te Hononga Curriculum and Pedagogy

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Papers Taught

Research Supervised

  • BYOD in a primary school
  • professional development in a secondary school
  • Private secondary schools in Maoist Nepal
  • Educational leadership and practices in primary schools

A statement of approach and practice to supervision

The process of supervision (for both me and you) is both rigorous and demanding. I will be supportive, but expect you to read widely and critically, prepare well for supervision meetings and be highly organised. As time goes by, you will take greater control of the process as you assume greater knowledge, confidence and expertise in your chosen field.

I will supervise with a colleague, particularly if the thesis is at doctoral level. That way, you get the benefit of two 'eyes' on your thesis, two points of view, and two fields of expertise. The following statement outlines my approach and practices about supervision comprising four major components:

1.  Meetings

I will usually meet with you once a month face-to-face, but we will probably interact via email in between those scheduled times. The f2f meetings centre on feedback to your drafts, discussing theoretical ideas, methodology or research questions. It is unlikely that we would meet without a piece of work to discuss. To that end, any written work will need to be submitted a minimum of a week before any meeting (or longer, depending on the size of the draft), unless we have made other arrangements.

2. Feedback

This is a critical part of our relationship. I will do my best to get this to you as quickly as possible, often within 10 days of receiving it. It will often be annotated closely, but my job is not to do the thinking for you, rather it is to critique and help shape your thinking about your chosen topic. This feedback will support our f2f meeting. The idea is to provoke thought and robust argument.

3. Independence

The thesis is yours. The role of supervision is to help you develop a clear, thoughtful and clearly expressed argument that reflects deep and critical thinking. It is therefore your job to do the thinking and arguing - mine is to prod your thinking, arguing, and framing to shape a quality thesis. My role is to focus not so much on content, but on the quality of your argument and its expression. I may however, direct you read certain texts, or point you to read in a certain field to expand, focus or challenge your thinking.

4. Writing

The quality of your writing is important to me. Your thesis is, after all, the product of your research. I will expect you to develop an elegant and clear 'story' that makes it easy for others to know what you explored and found out, how you did it, and what it adds to the body of knowledge in the field. As you get closer to finishing your thesis, I will concentrate more on challenging you to write with clarity, elegance and precision.

Undertaking a masters degree or doctorate is an intellectual and emotional challenge, and you are likely to feel moments of anxiety and doubt, as well as moments of pleasure when insights (your aha! moments) occur. My job as supervisor is to help you so that you are proud of your achievement at the end.

Research Interests

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

Some details

Current personal research centres on aspects of e-learning, particularly in secondary school classrooms. I'm working closely with a local school as teachers ready themselves for becoming BYOD (bring your own device). 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 co-edit 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 (Wright & Adam, 2015).

I direct the ULearn Conference Research Strand, in conjunction with CORE Education. This strand is developing into a highly respected conference staple, focused on peers' and academics' educational research.

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 have been 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.

Recent Publications

  • Hawera, N., Wright, N., & Sharma, S. V. (2017). Mathematics education ITE students examining the value of digital learning objects. Teachers and Curriculum, 17(1), 81-87. Open Access version:

  • Wright, N. (2017). Disrupting the “paradigm of one”: Restructuring structures to integrate learning in a modern learning environment. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice, 32(1/2), 48-61. Retrieved from

  • Wright, N., & Peters, M. (2017). Sell, sell, sell or learn, learn, learn? The EdTech market in New Zealand’s education system – privatisation by stealth?. Open Review of Educational Research, 4(1), 164-176. doi:10.1080/23265507.2017.1365623 Open Access version:

  • Hawera, N., Sharma, S., & Wright, N. (2017). Initial teacher education students’ reasons for using digital learning objects when teaching mathematics. In A. Downton, S. Livy, & J. Hall (Eds.), Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 293-300). Adelaide, Australia: MERGA Inc.. Open Access version:

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