Dr Donella J Cobb
Qualifications: PhD, MMusEd, BMusEd, DipTchg
Donella came to the Faculty of Education with a background as a teacher, Director of Music and Assistant Principal in primary schools in New Zealand, England, Africa and Australia. Donella's creative and innovative approach to teaching has sparked her own interest in inquiry learning, curriculum integration, culturally responsive pedagogy and critical pedagogy. Donella currently teaches in the Bachelor of Teaching, Masters Education and Masters of Global Studies programmes. She was the recipient of the University of Waikato, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award in 2015 and 2017, the University of Waikato Teaching Excellence Award in 2017 and the Ako Aotearoa New Zealand Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award in 2018.
Donella's research interests centre around pedagogy and the contested notion of quality teaching. In the global context, Donella's research is located within the field of Comparative and International Education (CIE) and explores the political economy of education, the intersection between critical pedagogy, education in development and international education policy. Her current research examines the role of international aid organisations in the globalisation of learner-centred pedagogy. Donella has worked as an educational consultant for UNICEF, UNESCO, MFAT and NGOs throughout Asia, the Pacific and Africa.
Within the local context, Donella has worked in collaboration with the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER) to study the development of teacher identity in pre-service teachers. Donella's current research in this field explores pre-service teachers in the practicum setting, their transition into early career teachers and the relationship between teacher identity and pedagogy.
Cobb, D. (2019). Access to primary education (New Zealand). Bloomsbury Digital Resources. Retrieved from https://www.becs-bloomsbury.com/
Cobb, D. J., Harlow, A., & Clark, L. (2018). Examining the teacher identity-agency relationship through legitimate peripheral participation: A longitudinal investigation. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 1-16. doi:10.1080/1359866X.2018.1480010
Cobb, D., & Couch, D. (2018). Teacher education for an uncertain future: Implications of PISA’s global competence. In D. Heck, & A. Ambrosetti (Eds.), Teacher Education in and for Uncertain Times (pp. 35-47). Springer. Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-10-8648-9_3
Cobb, D. (2018). Placing the spotlight on open educational resources: Global phenomenon or cultural guise?. The International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 17(3), 15-29. Retrieved from https://openjournals.library.sydney.edu.au/index.php/IEJ/article/view/13068
Find more research publications by Donella Cobb
Education; Education Policy; Globalisation; Music Education; Pedagogy; Professional Studies in Education; Sociology and Education; Teacher Education; Teacher Practice/Practicum
Comparative and International Education, International Educational Development, Critical Pedagogy, Pre-service teacher education (Primary), Teacher Identity, Learning Communities
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