Dr Nadine D Ballam

Nadine Ballam

Senior Lecturer


Education; Gifted and Talented Education; Human Development; Human Development and Education; Inclusive Education; Inclusive Learning; Special Education

Qualifications: PhD

Papers Taught

About Nadine

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and am located on the Tauranga campus.  Prior to completing my Bachelor of Teaching (Hons) at the University of Waikato, I spent several years working in administration and the health industry both in New Zealand and overseas.  My PhD research, which is titled 'Defying the Odds': Gifted and Talented Young People from Low Socioeconomic Backgrounds, focused on the development of talent in young people from 'less privileged' backgrounds.

Research Supervised

PhD supervision:

Julie Hest (2nd supervisor)

  • The pedagogical architecture of modern learning environments: Case study research in four New Zealand secondary schools

Kwame Otu-Danquah (2nd supervisor)

  • Researching together: Using a collaborative approach and the voice-centred relational methodology to examine the experiences of students with visual impairment in higher education

Lesley Lyons (2nd supervisor)

  • Talking the walk or walking the talk? An examination of the discursive positioning of disabled children in long-day early childhood education and care centres in Aotearoa New Zealand

Sara Chynoweth (3rd supervisor)

  • Student experiences in the modern learning environment in New Zealand secondary schools

Mellisa Chin Lee (2nd supervisor)

  • A critical realist discourse analysis of inclusive education policy and practice in a rural Malaysian Primary School

Research Interests

Giftedness and talent

Risk and resilience

Human development

Identity and wellbeing

Recent Publications

  • Amundsen, D., Ballam, N., & McChesney, K. (2021). Students' transitions into initial teacher education: Understanding barriers and enablers through an ecological lens. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 46(3), 91-111. Retrieved from Open Access version:

  • Ballam, N. (2019). Fostering resilience in ‘at-risk’ gifted and talented young people. In Handbook of Giftedness and Talent Development in the Asia-Pacific (pp. 1-18). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-13-3021-6_14-1

  • Amundsen, D., Ballam, N., & Cosgriff, M. (2019). The ABCs of collaboration in academia. Waikato Journal of Education, 24(2), 39-53. doi:10.15663/wje.v24i2.667 Open Access version:

  • Ballam, N., & Sturgess, A. (2019). Meeting the needs of gifted learners who just don’t ‘fit’: Parent perspectives. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 6-16. doi:10.21505/ajge.2019.0012

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