Dr. Diana L. Amundsen

Diana Amundsen

Senior Lecturer


Adult Education; Human Development and Education; Inclusive Education; Indigenous Education; Tertiary Education

Adult Education/Learning Adult Development Adulthood and Identity Indigenous Education Tertiary Education Transitions in Tertiary Education Research Ethics

Qualifications: PhD; M.A. (Hons); B.A. Grad Dip Tchg. (Sec).

Papers Taught

About Diana

I began my academic career here at The University of Waikato, where I completed my Bachelors degree majoring in psychology and Japanese. In 2000 I was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work and study at the University of Hawai'i where I completed my Master's degree in communication in education.  After returning from Hawai'i in 2005, I worked in a range of higher education contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand and then took up my doctoral study at the University of Waikato in 2015. My PhD was completed in early 2019. My current role is a lecturer in Adult Development & Adult Learning, with research interests in transitions in higher education, transitions in the lives and attitudes of older adults, anti-ageism, and ageing vibrantly. I welcome your emails: [email protected]

Research Supervised


Nicolina Newcombe - Doctor of Philosophy (Chief Supervisor)
The literacy experiences of adults with intellectual disability: A participatory exploration.
Co-supervisors: Associate Professor Patsie Frawley; Associate Professor Sonja Ellis

Yu Yuan - Doctor of Philosophy (Co-Supervisor)
Learning to be: Acculturation as a learning process: A case study of international Chinese PhD students in a New Zealand university.
Chief Supervisor: Professor Don Klinger

Kelvin Mills - Doctor of Philosophy  (Co-Supervisor)
Mathematics in workplace settings: Numeracy in the mechanical engineering trades.
Chief supervisor: Associate Professor Nigel Calder
Co-supervisor: Dr Katrina McChesney

Watene Moon - Master's in Education (Sole Supervisor)
Experiences of non-Māori pre-service teaching students learning Te Reo Māori in an ITE programme.

Tara Malone - Master's in  Education (Sole Supervisor)
Exploring mindfulness-based interventions for reduction of stress in Bachelor of Nursing programmes in a rural polytechnic.

JingJing Zhu - Master's in Education (Sole Supervisor)
What impacts on Chinese later-life migrants' successful migration transitions?

Katie-Ann Dimond - Master's in Education (Sole Supervisor)
Personal transformation in the workplace: A case study of an employee self-leadership programme.

Xiaojing Hu - Master's in Education (Sole Supervisor)
Development and problems of online adult learning in China.


2021: Qidi Yang - Master of Social Sciences in Education (Sole Supervisor)
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): What are opinions from older adults?

2021: Tiruni John - Master of Education (Sole Supervisor)
Transition experiences of undergraduate students at university.

2020: Tracey Gillingham - Master of Education (Sole Supervisor)
Climbing into assessment in a world of examination: Assessment practices in Tanzania.

2020: Jismi Mathew - Master of Education (Sole Supervisor)
Influences and impacts of the negligence of Kerala tertiary education on the students and the society. 

2020: Anthony Campbell - Master of Education (Sole Supervisor)
Did it work? A Review of the Framework for Youth and Transitions

2019: Chantal Stopford - Directed Study (Sole Supervisor)
Do innovative learning environments increase success for Māori learners?

Research Interests

Diana Amundsen on ResearchGate

Recent Publications

  • Amundsen, D. (2022). Being called “Elderly” impacts adult development: A critical analysis of enduring ageism during COVID in NZ online News Media. Journal of Adult Development. doi:10.1007/s10804-022-09405-8

  • Newcombe, N., & Amundsen, D. (2022). Why Pākehā should implement te Tiriti o Waitangi in charitable organisations, and how we could do better. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 1-20. doi:10.1080/1177083x.2022.2045614

  • Amundsen, D. (2022). Indigenous and older adult higher education students: Challenging systemic and linear transitions for inclusion. International Journal of Educational Research Open, 3, 100148. doi:10.1016/j.ijedro.2022.100148

  • Amundsen, D. (2022). A critical gerontological framing analysis of persistent ageism in NZ online news media: Don't call us “elderly”!. Journal of Aging Studies, 61. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2022.101009

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