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Professor Deborah Fraser

Role:                     Professor of Education 
Faculty:                Education
Department:      Currently- Human Development & Counselling.
Will be- School of Curriculum and Pedagogy with the restructure of the Faculty 16th of Feb, 2015
Webpage:  Fraser/

Research Expertise

  • Curriculum integration
  • Creativity and the arts in education
  • Spirituality in state education

Teaching Areas/Programmes

  • Innovations in teaching and learning
  • Developing inclusive practices
  • Curriculum integration

Academic and Professional Leadership Roles

  • Associate Dean Postgraduate Research, Faculty of Education, from 2013
  • Member of the Postgraduate Research Committee
  • Member of the University Scholarships committee, 2002-2013
  • Co-editor of NZ’s leading text in teacher education The professional practice of teaching (spanning 20 years) and lead editor of the current 5th edition
  • Member of the Teaching-Learning Research Initiative selection panel, 2014
  • Member of the Sutton-Smith doctoral thesis award panel, 2013
  • Elected member to NZARE council, 2012-2013
  • Member of the Meg-Everton inaugural Fulbright panel, 2012
  • Principal Investigator of seven externally funded research projects spanning 1997 to 2011
  • Member of four editorial boards
  • Founding board member of Waikato Journal of Education in 1995 and later, co-editor with Associate Professor Toni Bruce for three years. Sole editor in 2005 of a special issue on Confessional narratives; Lessons from research
  • Coordinator of the Bachelor of Teaching Honours programme, 1999-2004
  • External referee for Marsden grants
  • Research Advisory Committee Member for eight funded projects
  • External programmes moderator for other universities spanning 2004-2014
  • Acting Chair of Department over various periods
  • Member of the University Academic Board, 1995-1997


  • Sir Peter Blake Trust Leader, 2013
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2007
  • Beeby Fellowship, 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Child Cancer Foundation, 1991

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