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Dr Philippa A. Hunter

Philippa Hunter

Senior Lecturer, Social Sciences Education: Te Hononga School of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Qualifications: PhD, MA (History) Waikato; BA (Anthroplogy and History) DipTchg, TTC (Otago)


Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Hunter, Philippa 7817 phunter TT.6.05A Te Hononga Curriculum and Pedagogy

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Papers Taught

About Philippa

Philippa's research interests contribute to the cross-disciplinary field of social sciences in the Aotearoa New Zealand Curriculum, and to the emergent body of research in secondary history and senior school social sciences curriculum and pedagogy. Philippa's PhD as narrative research, focused on a critical pedagogy in her probematising of history curriculum.   A forthcoming NZCER publication on social sciences and citizenship includes her chapters on rethinking literacies in social studies, and issues-based social inquiry and citizenship.

Through successive Ministry of Education curriculum and assessment reforms and initiatives,   Philippa has served as a member of national reference and advisory groups. These include the Ministry of Education Curriculum Marautanga Project “Expert” Social Sciences Working Party, The Best Evidence Synthesis Tikanga-a-iwi Social Sciences Advisory Group, and Key Competencies Advisory Group. She has represented the Social Sciences curriculum community in the selection of Royal Society Teacher Fellows. Recently Philippa has been a member of the Ministry of Education’s WW100 Curriculum Support Project National Advisory Group , and the Social Sciences Reference Group for the National Monitoring of Student Achievement (2013-2014) [NMSSA, Otago University].

National leadership in social sciences education supports Philippa's teaching in secondary ITE programmes (including coordination of MTchgLn papers) and  her postgraduate teaching in policy and curriculum studies. The development of a Snr. Social Sciences curriculum paper in the Secondary GradDipT programme, offers graduates the opportunity to explore their specialist majors (E.g. politics, environmental studies, sociology, anthropology, psychology) beyond traditional social sciences subjects. This is a response to rapidly changing social sciences delivery in senior secondary schooling settings, and is unique to the Faculty of Education.

Recent Publications

  • Hunter, P. A. (2015). Problematising history pedagoy: Action Research in initial secondary teacher education. In Waikato CARN Symposium: Building understanding: Methodological issues in collaborative action research.

  • Hunter, P. (2013). Negotiating the cultural politics of the history curriculum. Spaces of possibility for something different. In The 5th Biennial New Zealand Social Sciences Conference (SocCon). Hamilton Girls' High School, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Hunter, P. A. (2013). Problematised history pedagogy as narrative research: Self fashioning, dismantled voices and reimaginings in history education. (PhD Thesis). Retrieved from https://iris.waikato.ac.nz/

  • Hunter, P. A. (2013). Problematised history pedagogy as narrative research: Self-fashioning, dismantled voices and reimaginings in history education. Waikato Journal of Education, 18(2), 177-178.

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