Beverley C Cooper

Beverley Cooper

Senior Lecturer


Assessment and Evaluation in Education; Learning in Science and Technology; Teacher Education

Practicum, Teacher Education

About Beverley

Currently Senior Lecturer and chair of the Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ) which represents institutions who offer degree level Initial Teacher Education programmes

Research Interests

Beverley's research is focused on teacher education programmes.   She  is currently co-leading a three year TLRI -Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning in Initial Teacher Education MARKITE which is exploring how to support the  development of mathematical thinking for a teacher's professional work.

She is sponsor and researcher on a longitudinal developmental evaluation which is looking at the effectiveness of an innovative Collaborative University - School partnership (CUSP)  for the BTchg primary programme.

Beverley is also leading a project looking at the development of a shared understanding of practicum judgements between university and schools.

She is a member of the APEC project Identifying Unique and Promising Practices in Upper Secondary Maths and Science (Physics and Chemistry) Teacher Preparation. This international project involves nine countries.

She  has been involved in several large research and project teams including the NZ curriculum stocktake, the TELA laptop evaluation project, the Ministry of Research Science and Technology Science Learning Hub development team (, the Solomon Islands School of Education Project,  the Ministry of Education funded Curriculum Implementation Exploratory Studies project and a Teaching Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) Learning to be Assessement Capable Teachers to research assessment capabilities of teacher education students.

Recent Publications

  • Cooper, B. (2021). Policy and strategic directions: Implications for teacher learning. In N. Wright, & E. Khoo (Eds.), Pedagogy and Partnerships in Innovative Learning Environments Case Studies from New Zealand Contexts (pp. 41-59). Singapore: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-16-5711-5_3

  • Cooper, B., Cowie, B., & Furness, J. (2021). Curriculum mapping as a boundary encounter: meeting the demands of multiple agendas. Educational Research for Policy and Practice. doi:10.1007/s10671-021-09299-5

  • Bailey, J., Cowie, B., & Cooper, B. (2020). Maths outside of maths: Pre-service teachers' awareness of mathematical and statistical thinking across teachers' professional work. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 45(1), 1-18. doi:10.14221/ajte.2020v45n1.1 Open Access version:

  • Cowie, B., Cooper, B., Edwards, F., & Earl Rinehart, K. (2019). Navigating an evolving context: Assessment reform in New Zealand. In 2019 AERA Annual Meeting: Leveraging education research in a post-truth era: Multimodal narratives to democratize evidence. Conference held in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada.

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