Jenny L Ferrier-Kerr

Jenny Ferrier-Kerr

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: TTC, Adv. Dip. T., B.Ed., M.Ed.

About Jenny

I teach students in the Bachelor of Teaching, Primary Teacher Education for Graduates and Masters of Educational Leadership programmes. In the leadership field my teaching and research is centred on coaching and mentoring. I am currently a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Evidence-Based Coaching and Mentoring and was on the editorial board for the SAGE Handbook of Coaching (2017). Recently published papers and chapters in the mentoring and coaching field are on the topics of sustainable eMentoring programmes in schools, enhancing educational leaders' practice through coaching conversations, and mentoring as a navigational change compass. Publications on the topics of beginning teacher development and teachers' professional development reflect my additional research-practice interests. When my programme of work allows, I also facilitate professional learning to support teachers and school leaders in the development of their coaching/mentoring practice and pedagogy (consultancy). My doctoral research (nearing completion) comprised an investigation into the mentoring experiences of higher education teachers for the development of their teaching pedagogy and practice.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised


1. Meaningful primary education through an inquiry-based learning approach: Enriching student engagement, collaboration and language development.

2. Leading new faculty members to success in the ITP sector.

3. Retention of university students.

4. Exploring liminal space in anticipation of imminent educational change.

5. Being a coach/mentor: Overcoming fears and insecurities.

6. What role play do coaching programmes have in tertiary education settings in supporting students?

Recently Completed (2017-2018):

  • Coaching for improved learning and achievement: Perceptions of questions used in the coaching conversation.
  • The development of professional learning communities (PLCs) in the Philippines: Roles and views of secondary school principals.
  • Enhancing awareness of the characteristics of resilience: Enabling nurses to develop personal resilience strategies.
  • The value of teaching EI: Secondary school principals’ perceptions.
  • Innovative learning environments: Advantages and disadvantages for New Zealand primary school teachers and children.
  • Students’ perceptions of group work in their social work degree.

Research Interests

Teaching practicum; Coaching and mentoring; Inter-university partnerships

Recent Publications

  • Ferrier-Kerr, J. (2019). Moving into the profession. In M. F. Hill, & M. Thrupp (Eds.), The Professional Practice of Teaching in New Zealand (6th ed., pp. 303-323). Australia: Cengage AU.

  • Ferrier-Kerr, J. (2017). Adding to the tool kit: Using video to enhance the practice of coaches and mentors. In Learnfest. Conference held at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Ferrier-Kerr, J. (2017). #transforming teaching practice. In Learnfest. Conference held at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Ferrier-Kerr, J., & Adam, A. (2017). Neighbourhood collegiality and mutual generosity: Fostering collaboration through a school cluster. In NZARE Conference 2017. Conference held at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Find more research publications by Jenny Ferrier-Kerr


Adult Education; Curriculum; Education; Education Research; Leadership; Learning; Learning and Education; Learning Centered Leadership; Learning Environment; Lifelong Learning; Organisational Learning; Pedagogy; Professional Studies in Education; Schools (Primary/Secondary); Teacher Education; Teacher Practice/Practicum; Teacher Professional Learning/Development; Teaching; Teaching Ethics and Professionalism; Tertiary Education

coaching, mentoring

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Ferrier-Kerr, Mrs Jenny 6665 jfk TT.2.13 Education, School of (SOE)

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