Ms Sharyn Heaton

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Senior Lecturer


Curriculum; Indigenous Education; Maori; Maori Development and Education; Maori Education; Maori Health; Maori Identity; Maori Language; Te Reo (Maori Language); Teacher Education; Teacher Practice/Practicum; Teacher Professional Learning/Development; Teaching; Teaching and Learning; Teaching Ethics and Professionalism; Tertiary Education

Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy - University of Waikato (currently completing), Masters of Education - University of Auckland , Bachelor of Arts (Hons) University of Auckland, Bachelor of Arts (Māori) - Massey University, Diploma of Bilingual Education - Waikato University, Diploma of Teaching - Wellington College of Education

Iwi: Kai Tahu, Muaupoko, Tainui/Waikato, Te Arawa, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Kuia

Papers Taught

About Sharyn

Sharyn teaches in Māori education undergraduate and graduate courses and supervises masters and doctoral students across a range of Māori education topics. She has taught in primary schools, Kura Kaupapa Māori, Whare kura and PTE settings. Her field of research is in Māori education, teaching Māori in the English-medium, but with a particular interest in the Māori-medium sector.

Research Supervised

Masters Supervision

Ngahuia Corbett

Theresa McAllistair

Jacqueline Woodland

Recent Publications

  • Wright, N., & Heaton, S. (2021). ‘Hospitality’, boundary crossing and thresholds applied in education: Embodying manaakitanga and whanaungatanga. Hospitality & Society, 11(1), 71-85. doi:10.1386/hosp_00032_1

  • Trinick, T., & Heaton, S. (2020). Curriculum for minority Indigenous communities: social justice challenges. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 1-15. doi:10.1080/07908318.2020.1831009

  • Heaton, S. (2018). The juxtaposition of Māori words with English concepts: 'Hauora, well-being' as philosophy. In Educational Philosophy and Theory Vol. 50 (pp. 460-468). Conference held Kingsgate Hotel, Hamilton, New Zealand: Taylor & Francis (Routledge). doi:10.1080/00131857.2016.1167583

  • Heaton, S. M. (2016). The juxtaposition of māori words with english concepts. ‘Hauora, well-being’ as philosophy. Educational Philospohy and Theory, 1-8. doi:10.1080/00131857.2016.1167583

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