Dr. Diana L. Amundsen

Diana Amundsen

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: PhD; M.A. (Hons); B.A. Grad Dip Tchg. (Sec).

About Diana

I began my academic career here at The University of Waikato, where I completed my Bachelors degree majoring in psychology and Japanese. In 2000 I was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work and study at the University of Hawai'i where I completed my Master's degree in communication in education.  After returning from Hawai'i in 2005, I worked in a range of higher education contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand and then took up my doctoral study at the University of Waikato in 2015. My PhD was completed in early 2019. My current role is a lecturer in Adult Development & Adult Learning, with research interests in transitions in higher education, transitions in the lives and attitudes of older adults, anti-ageism, and ageing vibrantly. I welcome your emails: [email protected]

Papers Taught

Research Supervised


Nicolina Newcombe - Doctor of Philosophy (Chief Supervisor)
The literacy experiences of adults with intellectual disability: A participatory exploration
Co-supervisors: Associate Professor Patsie Frawley; Associate Professor Sonja Ellis

Yu Yuan - Doctor of Philosophy (Co-Supervisor)
Learning to be: Acculturation as a learning process-A Case Study of International Chinese PhD Students in a New Zealand University
Chief Supervisor: Professor Don Klinger

Kelvin Mills - Doctor of Philosophy  (Co-Supervisor)
Mathematics in workplace settings: Numeracy in the mechanical engineering trades
Chief supervisor: Associate Professor Nigel Calder
Co-supervisor: Dr Katrina McChesney


Qidi Yang - Master of Social Sciences in Education (Sole Supervisor)
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): What are the Opinions from Older Adults?

Tiruni John - Master of Education (Sole Supervisor)
Transition experiences of undergraduate students at university


Tracey Gillingham - Master of Education (Sole Supervisor)
Climbing into Assessment in a World of Examination: Assessment Practices in Tanzania

Jismi Mathew - Master of Education (Sole Supervisor)
Despite higher importance of universalisation of primary education in Kerala, India, why is the state of tertiary education still under developed?:Influences and impacts of the negligence of Kerala tertiary education on the students and the society. 

Anthony Campbell - Master of Education (Sole Supervisor)
Did it work? A Review of the Framework for Youth and Transitions


Chantal Stopford - Directed Study (Sole Supervisor)
Do innovative learning environments increase success for Māori learners?

Research Interests

Diana Amundsen on ResearchGate

Recent Publications

  • 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:

  • Amundsen, D. (2021). Life is not always linear: expanding the notion of transitions in higher education to challenge structural, static and linear processes facing Indigenous and older adult students. Studies in Higher Education, 1-13. doi:10.1080/03075079.2021.1948526

  • Amundsen, D. (2021). Digital technologies as a panacea for social isolation and loneliness among older adults: An intervention model for flourishing and wellbeing. Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy, 5(1), 1-14. doi:10.1163/23644583-00501008 Open Access version:

  • Amundsen, D. (2021). The Elderly. The New Zealand Annual Review of Education, 26, 5-10. doi:10.26686/nzaroe.v26.6852

Find more research publications by Diana Amundsen


Adult Education; Human Development and Education; Inclusive Education; Indigenous Education; Tertiary Education

Adult Education/Learning
Adult Development
Adulthood and Identity
Indigenous Education
Tertiary Education
Transitions in Tertiary Education
Research Ethics