Mr. Derek Shafer

Derek Shafer



Education; Education Research; English Education; Literacy Learning; Teacher Education; Teacher Practice/Practicum; Teaching and Learning

Critical Literacy and Pedagogy

Qualifications: MProfStuds(Ed), GradDip.Tch,BA

Papers Taught

About Derek

Derek joined the University of Waikato with a background as an English Teacher in Secondary Schools in New Zealand. Derek’s work as a classroom specialist in critical thinking, digital literacy and learner-centred pedagogies developed into broader interests working with teachers across New Zealand schools engaging with best practice in critical thinking.

Within Te Wānanga Toi Tangata - Division of Education, Derek develops Secondary Teachers' Evidence-based Practices, Literacy learning across the curriculum, and English Curriculum Learning as part of the Graduate Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching programmes. He is currently completing his Doctorate with the University of Auckland on the topic of professional development around secondary teachers' perceptions and practices of critical thinking and critical pedagogies.

Recent Publications

  • Sandretto, S., Tilson, J., & Shafer, D. (2021). Critical literacy praxis in Aotearoa New Zealand. In The Handbook of Critical Literacies (pp. 117-124).

  • Shafer, D., & Locke, T. (2021). Critical literacy in theory and practice. In NZATE Conference 2021. Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from

  • Shafer, D. (2019). Towards a model of best practice in facilitating critical thinking in secondary education.. In Te KuraToi Tangata Reserach Colloquium. Hamilton.

  • Shafer, D. (2017). Teaching the classroom to transgress: Critical thinking in secondary education.. In Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference held at Canberra, Australia.

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