Dr Richard K Hill

Richard Hill

Senior Lecturer


Bilingualism; Education; Indigenous Education; Language/Literacy/Linguistics; Maori Language

Qualifications: EdD, MA, BEd, Diploma Teaching

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Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Hill, Dr Richard 7818 rihara TC.3.32B Te Hononga Curriculum and Pedagogy

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About Richard

I am senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato. I trained as a New Zealand primary school teacher, and taught in bilingual and kura kaupapa Māori schools before taking up my position at the University of Waikato. I teach language and literacy papers and culture papers  in the Initial Teacher Education programme at Waikato. I also lead the Master of Teaching and Learning programme. My research interests include the development of biliteracy skills in Māori medium education. I am currently conducting three studies into Māori medium students' transitions and partial immersion education, including a Ministry of Education-funded project into  the transition experiences of learners from Māori medium early learning environments to kura, and the experiences of whānau and schools in the transition process.


Recent Publications

  • Hill, R. (2017). Level 2 Māori medium programmes: What are the perceptions of parents and students on this form of education?. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. doi:10.1007/s40841-017-0088-x

  • Hill, R. (2017). Bilingual Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In O. García, A. M. Y. Lin, & S. May (Eds.), Bilingual and Multilingual Education (3rd ed., pp. 329-345). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-02324-3_23-1 Open Access version:

  • Hill, R. (2016). Transitioning from Māori-medium to English-medium education: emerging findings of a pilot study. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 19(3), 249-265. doi:10.1080/13670050.2014.980777

  • Hill, R. K. (2015). Transitioning from Māori-medium to English-medium education: Pursuing biliteracy. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. doi:10.1007/s40841-015-0034-8

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