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margaret carr

Professor Margaret Carr

Role: Professor of Education
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Department: Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, Dept of Professional Studies in Education

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Faculty Profile

Research Expertise

  • Teaching and learning in the early years
  • Early years curriculum across the sectors
  • Narrative assessment

Teaching Areas/Programmes

  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Learning dispositions

Academic and Professional Leadership Roles

  • Director, Early Years Research Unit, University of Waikato Faculty of Education
  • Keynote Addresses in Malta; UK; Victoria, Canada; Brisbane, New Zealand (including U-learn in 2009)
  • Co-Director with Prof Anne B. Smith (Otago) of Marsden Research Grant, 2002-5 (book entitled Learning in the Making, completed 2009)
  • Visiting Fellow, at the Thomas Coram Institute, University of London, 2005
  • Invited Research Associate for four Centre of Innovation three-year research projects, 2004 -
  • Co-Director of four TLRI research projects, 2004 -
  • Co-Director of national Early Childhood Learning and Assessment Exemplar project, 2001-4
  • Board Member, New Zealand Council for Educational Research, 2003 -
  • Delivered Herbison Memorial Keynote Address, NZARE/AARE Conference , 2003
  • Author of Assessment in Early Childhood Settings (2001: Sage), translated into Danish, Japanese and Italian
  • Visiting Fellow, at the Institute of Education, University of London, 2000
  • Visiting Fellow, at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts ,1997
  • Co-Developer and writer of Te Whāriki: national early childhood curriculum, 1995-6


  • Fellow NZEI Te Riu Roa
  • McKenzie Award for Research Excellence from NZARE, 2005
  • Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit for services to early childhood, 2003
  • University of Waikato Merit Award, 1994

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