Professor Linda Mitchell

Linda Mitchell

Qualifications: PhD, MA. BA

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Completed PhD supervisions

Olivera Karmenerac (2018). Constructions of Early Childhood Teachers' Professional Identities through the Reform of Early Childhood Polices in New Zealand over the Last Three Decades. Supervisor

Janette Kelly (2018). Negotiating fairness and diversity: Stories from an Aotearoa New Zealand kindergarten. Chief supervisor.

Lynley Westerbeke (2016). Understanding the construct of belonging in a for-profit ECE centre: an ethnographic study. Chief supervisor

Tracey Hooker (2016). Adults and children engaging with e-portfolios in an early childhood education setting. Chief supervisor.

Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips (2016). Fighting the odds to make it even: Mapping an affordance ecosystem in a kindergarten community. Supervisor

Ignasia Mligo (2015), Impediments to Effective Enactment of Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Pedagogy in Tanzania: Issues and Experiences of Teachers in Urban and Rural. Chief supervisor.

Ongoing PhD supervisions

Amanda Coulston (ongoing). Constructing self: A case study into a programme for long–term unemployed young men working in early childhood centres. Chief supervisor.

Jane Ewens (ongoing). ECE teachers’ beliefs about the most important skills, attributes and beliefs they need to be effective in their role, and the implications of these for policy and practice. Chief Supervisor

Raella Kahuroa (ongoing). Exploring belonging through an empowering curriculum: an exploration of critical literacy approaches with young children from diverse backgrounds. Chief supervisor.

Silky Luthra (ongoing). Understanding how Ableism affects children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Early Childhood Education Setting. Chief supervisor.

Jo McMillan (ongoing). The relationship between Māori students participating in process drama and an increased engagement in learning through the lens of Kaupapa Māori methodology.Chief supervisor.

Mefi Naufahu (ongoing). Educational engagement practices of Tongan parents in relation to their children’s learning. Chief supervisor.

Tofavaha Vehikite (ongoing). Faiako ma’a Tonga: A contribution as an edge-walker for the participation of Tongan immigrant families with early years’ children in early childhood learning centres in New Zealand - provisional title. Chief supervisor

Completed MEd thesis supervisions

Lucia de Guterres Araujo (June 2018). Teachers’ perspectives and implementation of the child-centred curriculum for preschool education in Timor-Leste. (120 points). Chief Supervisor.

Zulmira da Cuz Soares Pinto (June 2018). Exploring funds of knowledge in Timorese families and their use in education. (120 points). Supervisor.

Debbie Woolston (2017). Associate teachers in early childhood education. (90 points). Chief supervisor.

Mefi Naufahau. (2014). An  investigation of Tongan parents’   aspirations, expectations and views of the value of Early Childhood Education  for their children. Chief supervisor.

Judi Randall. (2014). Impacts of Early Childhood Education Social Obligations on Families and Whānau. Chief supervisor.

Kathryn Hawkes (2014). Where have all the children gone – experiences of children, parents and teachers in a changing early childhood education service. Chief supervisor.

Tanya Shorter (2013). Teacher appraisal - its relationship to motivation, collegial relationships and pedagogical change in an early childhood context in Aotearoa New Zealand. Chief supervisor.

Raella Kaheroa. (2013).What critical literacy might look like in an early childhood setting. Chief supervisor.

Ongoing MEd supervision

Yasmine Serhan (ongoing). Intercultural dialogue between infants in a multicultural ECE context in Aotearoa New Zealand. (120 points). Chief supervisor.

Completed MSocSci thesis supervisions

Elizabeth Nateethong. (2013). Sex industry and society. Chief supervisor.

Recent Publications

  • Mitchell, L., Clarkin-Phillips, J., Archard, S., Arndt, S., & Taylor, M. (2019). What do they do all day? Exploring the complexity of early childhood teachers’ work. Early Childhood Folio Online First, 23(1), 1-7. Retrieved from

  • Mitchell, L. (2019). Democratic policies and practices in early childhood education: An Aotearoa New Zealand case study. M. Fleer, & I. P. Samuelsson (Eds.), Springer. Retrieved from

  • Mitchell, L., & Bateman, A. (2018). Belonging and culturally nuanced communication in a refugee early childhood centre in Aotearoa New Zealand. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 1-12. doi:10.1177/1463949118781349

  • Mitchell, L., Bateman, A., Ham, R., Kahuroa, R., Khoo, E., & Rameka, L. (2018). Refugee and immigrant families: Pathways to belonging through early childhood. In NZARE 2018. Conference held at AUT South Campus, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Assessment and Evaluation in Education; Education; Education Politics

Contact Details

Room: TW1.05
Phone: Extn 7734
Cellphone: 02102391724