Professor Martin Thrupp

Martin Thrupp

Qualifications: Ph.D, M.Ed, T.T.C, Dip.Tchg, B.A

About Martin

Martin Thrupp's research interests are in education policy, with a particular focus on school reform as it plays out in different national and local settings.  He has previously undertaken research in England and across several other European countries as well as in New Zealand and is currently working on a comparative study of the privatisation of schooling in Finland, Sweden and New Zealand. Thrupp has edited collections about New Zealand education policy published in 1999, 2010 and 2017. He has also written a number of other books including one about New Zealand's National Standards policy, 'The Search for Better Educational Standards: A Cautionary Tale' (Springer 2018). With Mary Hill, he is co-editing the 2019 edition of New Zealand’s main teacher education text: The Professional Practice of Teaching in New Zealand.  Thrupp has won awards for his contribution to educational research including the NZARE McKenzie Award.

Recent publications include:

Thrupp, M. (2019). Muddling through with the media: Lessons from the introduction of Kiwi Standards. In A. Baroutsis, S. Riddle, S. & P. Thomson (Eds.), Education Research and the Media: Challenges and Possibilities. (pp. 135-147) London: Routledge.

Thrupp, M. (2019). To be ‘in the tent’ or abandon it?  A school clusters policy and the responses of New Zealand educational leaders. In J. Wilkinson, R. Niesche, & S. Eacott (Eds.), Reconceptualising Educational Leadership, Policy and Social Justice as Resources for Hope. (pp. 132-144). London: Routledge.

Thrupp, M. (2018). Opettajat ja sosiaalinen eriarvoisuus: pitäisikö yhteiskunnallisen kontekstin merkitys unohtaa, pitäisikö sitä väheksyä vai pitäsikö se ottaa aidosti huomioon? (Teachers and social inequality: should we ignore social contexts, downplay them, or really embrace them?) In R. Rinne, N. Haltia, S. Lempinen, & T. Kaunisto (Eds.),  Eriarvoistuva maailma - tasa-arvoistava koulu? (pp.47-64).  Suomen Kasvatustieteellinen Seura, Jyväskylän Yliopistopaino: Jyväskylä.

Thrupp, M. (2018) A socially contextualised approach to professional learning for school leaders. Leading and Managing. 24: 2, 92-100.

Thrupp, M. with Lingard, B. Maguire, M., & Hursh, D. (2018). The Search for Better Educational Standards: A Cautionary Tale. Gewerbestrasse:  Springer.

Thrupp, M. (2017). Guest editor of special issue, 'Nine Years of National-led Education Policy’, Waikato Journal of Education, 22(1).

Thrupp, M. (2017). A vernacular response: The impact of PISA and the OECD on New Zealand education. In L. Volante, (Ed.). The PISA Effect on Global Educational Governance. Routledge Press. Routledge.

Thrupp, M. (2017). What England’s teachers really think about ‘making the difference’ for disadvantaged pupils: A reading of the vignettes from abroad. In T. Bibby, R. Lupton & C. Raffo (Eds.) Responding to Poverty and Disadvantage in Schools: A Reader for Teachers. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Thrupp, M. (2016). The political rhetoric and everyday realities of citizenship in New Zealand society and schools. In A. Peterson, R. Hattam, M. Zembylas & J. Arthur (Eds.), The Palgrave International Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Social Justice. London: Pelgrave.


Education Policy; Education Research; Sociology

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