Dr Katrina McChesney

Katrina McChesney



Assessment and Evaluation in Education; Culture; Education; Education Research; Learning and Education; Literacy Learning; Mathematics; Mathematics Education; Numeracy Learning; Pedagogy; Professional Learning; Reform in Education; Schools (Primary/Secondary); Teacher Education; Teacher Professional Learning/Development; Teaching; Teaching and Learning

Qualifications: BA, BSc, GradDipTchg(Sec), PhD

Contact Details

Room: Tauranga CBD campus, Durham St, Tauranga
Phone: Extension 3545

Papers Taught

About Katrina

Originally a secondary school mathematics teacher in Aotearoa NZ, I spent six years working on a large education reform project in Abu Dhabi in the Middle East from 2009-2015. There, I was involved in teacher professional development, curriculum development, assessment policy and practice, and resource development and selection for the public school system from early childhood to secondary levels. My PhD research (2012-2017) looked at teacher professional development in the Abu Dhabi context and highlighted the impacts of cultural and contextual factors on this process. I've also worked on literacy and numeracy assessment for NZQA and contributed to research and professional development projects on socioemotional school climates, student mental health and wellbeing, and student behaviour.

I now work in initial teacher education at the University of Waikato where I teach literacy and numeracy education and concepts of teaching and learning both at the Tauranga campus and online. I am passionate about helping teachers be the best they can be for the sake of our tamariki. Having spent time outside NZ and worked on international benchmarking projects, I'm proud of the education system we have here in Aotearoa and want to see it continue to improve for all students.

I am also on the national council of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education and co-edit the association's blog, Ipu Kererū (

Research Supervised

Tania Berryman - Master of Education, 2018-2019 (sole supervisor)
Embedding employability skills into pedagogical practices in vocational training contexts

Victoria Hiini - Master of Educational Leadership, 2018-2019 (sole supervisor)
Effectively leading pedagogical change within primary schools in the unique bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand

Tanith Gordon - Directed Study, 2020 (sole supervisor)
Adverse childhood experiences, resilience, and children’s educational and socio-emotional outcomes

Jo McMillan - Doctor of Philosophy, 2019- (co-supervisor)
Collective teacher efficacy in international education reform contexts
Chief supervisor: Professor Linda Mitchell

Kelvin Mills - Doctor of Philosophy, 2019- (co-supervisor)
Mathematics in workplace settings: Numeracy in the mechanical engineering trades
Chief supervisor: Associate Professor Nigel Calder
Co-supervisor: Dr Diana Amundsen

Recent Publications

  • Aldridge, J. M., & McChesney, K. (2020). Parents’ and caregivers’ perceptions of the school climate: development and validation of the Parent and Caregiver Survey (PaCS). Learning Environments Research. doi:10.1007/s10984-020-09308-z

  • McChesney, K., & Aldridge, J. M. (2019). What gets in the way? A new conceptual model for the trajectory from teacher professional development to impact. Professional Development in Education, 1-19. doi:10.1080/19415257.2019.1667412

  • McChesney, K., & Aldridge, J. (2019). Weaving an interpretivist stance throughout mixed methods research. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 42(3), 225-238. doi:10.1080/1743727X.2019.1590811 Open Access version:

  • Aldridge, J. M., McChesney, K., & Afari, E. (2019). Associations between school climate and student life satisfaction: resilience and bullying as mediating factors. Learning Environments Research, 1-22. doi:10.1007/s10984-019-09296-9

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