Dr. Diana L. Amundsen
Qualifications: PhD; M.A. (Hons); B.A. Grad Dip Tchg. (Sec).
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.
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?
My research interests span adult learning and development and lifespan development with a particular focus on transitions to higher education of those from marginalised groups. I have published widely in the field of higher education; most recently, in the area of the role of identity in life transitions and in intercultural research ethics. I have recently completed a longitudinal research project about Māori transitions to tertiary education environments such as university, polytechnic and wānanga. My current research focus is around working with transitions in the lives of older adults, positive ageing and longevity issues, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic context. I am also a trustee of the Third Age Foundation, an organisation that seeks to enhance the wellbeing of older people and their communities and organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/14123
Amundsen, D. (2020). Sixty years of adult learning in Aotearoa New Zealand: Looking back to the 1960s and beyond the 2020s. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 60(3), 444-466.
Amundsen, D., & Msoroka, M. (2019). Responsive Ethics: navigating the fluid research space between HREC ethics, researcher ethics and participant ethics. Educational Review. doi:10.1080/00131911.2019.1655392
Amundsen, D., Ballam, N., & Cosgriff, M. (2019). The ABCs of collaboration in academia. Waikato Journal of Education, 24(2), 39-53. doi:10.15663/wje.v24i2.667 Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/13280
Find more research publications by Diana Amundsen
Adult Education; Human Development and Education; Inclusive Education; Indigenous Education; Tertiary Education
Adulthood and Identity
Transitions in Tertiary Education
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