Emeritus Professor Sue C. Middleton
Emeritus Professor, Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research
Qualifications: PhD, University of Waikato, 1985; MA (Distinction), VUW 1979; Dip Teaching (Christchurch) 1969; BA (VUW), 1968
I retired on January 31 2013 after 32 years' employment at this university. Although no longer teaching, I continue to research, write and present at conferences. My most recent research has addressed New Zealanders' involvements in and contributions to the global "New Education" (or Progressive Education) movement of the 1920s-40s. A new book on this theme was published in September 2019: Sue Middleton and Helen May (eds), (2019), For women and children: A tribute to Geraldine McDonald. Wellington: NZCER Press.
Since retirement, I have also published a book and series of articles on French scholar Henri Lefebvre (1901-91) as educational thinker and applied his analytical concepts in a series of 'spatial histories' of educational ideas. For details, click here: Henri Lefebvre and Education: Space, History, Theory. London: Routledge, 2014).
Since joining the university in 1980, I have studied the local and global networks and travels of the educational ideas encountered by New Zealand's teachers and students in schools and higher education, usually combining analysis of archival policy documents with personal records such as letters and life-history interviews.
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Recent projects and associated publications are available in the links below:
- I've had a longstanding interest in feminist educational research. Latest publication: Sue Middleton and Helen May (eds), (2019), For women and children: A tribute to Geraldine McDonald. Wellington: NZCER Press. Flyer for book
- The New (or Progressive) Education Movement in New Zealand this includes
- A series of papers and a co-edited book on Sylvia Ashton-Warner,
- An archival study of New Zealanders' involvement in the global NEF organisation (New Education Fellowship)
- An archival study of NEF's predecessor, the Theosophical Fraternity in Education.
- Henri Lefebvre and Education. I have published a paper on Lefebvre as educational thinker and a book applying his analytical concepts and methodology in a sequence of 'spatial histories' of educational ideas
- Doctoral Research in New Zealand (includes a project on Education as a discipline specifically and another on the Teaching and Learning of Māori doctoral students). To download a free copy of my 1998 monograph, click here: 'Educating Researchers: New Zealand 'Education' PhDs, 1947-97 (Wellington: NZARE State of the Art Monograph No 7)
- 'The Seven Servants of Ham': Labourers' Letters from Wellington to Surrey, 1841-1845;
- The Impact of PBRF (Research Assessment) on the Subject/s of Education;
Middleton, S., & May, H. (2019). Introduction. In S. Middleton, & H. May (Eds.), For Women and Children: A Tribute to Geraldine McDonald (pp. 1-18). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.
Middleton, S. (2019). Geraldine In her own words. In For women and children: A tribute to Geraldine McDonald (pp. 19-46). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press. Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/12891
Middleton, S., & May, H. (2019). Introduction. In For women and children: A tribute to Geraldine McDonald (pp. 1-18). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press. Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/12892
Middleton, S. C. (2017). New Zealand Theosophists in New Education Networks, 1880s-1938. History of Education Review, 46(1), 42-57. doi:10.1108/HER-10-2015-0024
Find more research publications by Sue Middleton
Henri Lefebvre as educational thinker;
New/ Progressive Education Movement 1920s-50s;
Spatial Histories of Educational Ideas;