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Professor Claire McLachlan

Role:                     Professor of Education and Head of School
Faculty:                Education
Department:      Te Hononga, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Research Expertise

  • Considerable experience in  mixed method research on literacy in early years settings
  • Experienced in interdisciplinary research on physical activity
  • Interest and experience in mixed methods research
  • Considerable supervision experience in a range of education projects

Teaching Areas/Programmes (in former roles – currently only involved in supervision)

  • Early years curriculum, assessment and evaluation
  • Early literacy
  • Cognition and instruction
  • Educational research methods

Academic and Professional Leadership Roles

  • Currently Head of School, Te Hononga, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Previously Professor of Childhood Education, Institute of Education, Massey University
  • Former Chair of College Board, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University


  • Invited member of the Ministry of Education Early Childhood Research Policy Forum
  • Invited member of the UNESCO Early Reading Panel
  • Individual Research Award for distinction in educational research, Massey University


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