I lecture in literacy education courses within the Bachelor of Teaching (primary) programme. This includes both online mixed media (MMP) and face to face teaching. I also co-teach a post-graduate paper, Literacy and Technology: Implications for education.
Current research interests include participation in a collaborative project with educators from Australia and Fiji investigating the use of locally created information texts in both vernacular and English in Fijian classrooms. This research, funded by the International Literacy Association, stems from the Information Text Awareness Project facilitated with a group of local teachers in Nadi, Fiji. Other research areas include literacy and e-learning, in particular the ways in which digital technologies are used to support literacy development in primary classrooms.
My Ph.D project involves investigation into how beginning teachers theorise/explain their teaching of literacy throughout their first year in NZ primary classrooms.
I also have a strong interest in the importance of oral language in facilitating the development of literacy skills and this prompted research for my M.Ed thesis, investigating the effectiveness of the use of Think-Pair-Share strategies within the context of Guided Reading lessons.
I am a member of both the Faculty of Education's practicum liaison team, supporting students in developing competence during the practical teaching component of their programmes; and the MMP liaison team which involves liaising with base schools and MMP students completing their degree through the online medium.
My long standing interest in literacy learning and teaching has led to many years as a member of the Waikato Literacy Association. I am a Past President of the New Zealand Literacy Association (formerly NZRA) and a member of the Editorial board for the NZLA journal, Literacy Forum NZ. I am also involved with the promotion of professional development in literacy throughout the Pacific region as Chair of the International Development in Oceania committee (a standing committee of the International Reading Association).
Prior to arriving at the Faculty of Education I taught for several years in schools throughout the Waikato and King Country areas. I developed a passion for teaching emergent literacy at the New Entrant level and also taught Reading Recovery and special needs groups in literacy and numeracy.