Dr Nadine D Ballam

Nadine Ballam

Director of Tauranga (Education) / 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 the Director of Tauranga (Education programmes) and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education on the Tauranga campus of the University of Waikato. Prior to completing my Bachelor of Teaching (Hons), 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:

Tracyanne May (2nd supervisor)

Samantha Heaney (2nd supervisor)

  • Educators' knowledge of concussion in New Zealand

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 across the lifespan

Risk and resilience

Lifespan development

Identity and wellbeing

Recent Publications

  • Ballam, N. (2021). An interview with Professor Tracey Riley. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 30(1), 65-68. doi:10.21505/ajge.2021.0005

  • 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:

  • McChesney, K. (2021). Barriers and enablers to students’ transitions into initial teacher education programmes. In New Zealand Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2021. Virtual/online conference.

  • 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

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