Professor Martin Thrupp

Martin Thrupp

Head of Te Whiringa School of Educational Leadership and Policy, Wilf Malcolm Institute of Education Research Professor

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 the lived effects of policy across socially diverse and unequal communities.  In recent years he has been researching and writing about the enactment of the National Standards policy in New Zealand schools. His book about the National Standards 'The Search for Better Educational Standards: A Cautionary Tale' was recently published. Thrupp is also working on a comparative study of the privatisation of schooling in Finland, Sweden and New Zealand. In 2012 he received an award from New Zealand's Tertiary Education Union for promoting academic freedom, in 2015 was made Honorary Fellow of NZEI Te Riu Roa and in 2016 received the NZARE McKenzie award for his significant contribution to educational research.  Please google 'Martin Thrupp' to find out more.

Thrupp, M. (in press). Muddling through with the media: Lessons from the introduction of Kiwi Standards. In Baroutsis, A., Riddle, S. & Thomson P., Education Research and the Media: Challenges and Possibilities. Routledge.

Thrupp, M. (in press). To be ‘in the tent’ or abandon it?  A school clusters policy and the responses of New Zealand educational leaders. In Wilkinson, J, Niesche, R. & Eacott S. (2017) Challenges for public education: Reconceptualising educational leadership, policy and social justice as resources for hope. Routledge.

Thrupp, M. (in press). Opettajat ja sosiaalinen eriarvoisuus: pitäisikö yhteiskunnallisen kontekstin merkitys unohtaa, pitäisikö sitä väheksyä vai pitäisikö 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 Eriarvoistuva Maailma – Tasa-Arvoistava Koulu? Jyväskylä: Finnish Education Research Assocation.

Thrupp, M. (2017). National Standards 2016: Retrospective insights, continuing uncertainties and new questions. NZ Annual Review of Education 22:2017, pp.5-20

Thrupp, M. with Lingard, B. Maguire, M. & Hursh, D. (2017). The Search for Better Educational Standards: A Cautionary Tale. Dordrecht: 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). New Zealand’s National Standards policy. Teachers and Curriculum, 17(1), 11–15.

Thrupp, M. (2017). Helping teachers and school leaders to become extra-critical of global education reform. In M. Peters, B. Cowie & I. Menter (Eds.), A Companion to Research in Teacher Education. Singapore: Springer.

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.

Thrupp, M. (2015). 'Raising our heads': Keeping a critical eye on policy and research. In D. Fraser & M. Hill (Eds.), The Professional Practice of Teaching. (6th edition) Melbourne, Cengage Learning.

Thrupp, M. (2015). Poor performers or just plain poor?: assumptions in the neo-liberal account of school failure. Waikato Review of Education, 20(2), 20th Anniversary Issue, 169-181.

Goldstein, H. & Thrupp, M. (2014). Responses to Andreas Schleicher’s Reply to the Open Letter. Policy Futures in Education, 12(7), 888-882.

Thrupp, M. (2014). At the eye of the storm: Researching schools and their communities enacting National Standards.New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 49(1), 6-20.

Thrupp, M. (2014). Deficit thinking and the politics of blame. In V. Carpenter & S. Osborne (Eds.), Twelve Thousand Hours: Education & Poverty in Aotearoa, New Zealand (pp. 88-101). Auckland: Dunmore Press.

Thrupp, M. (2013). National Standards for student achievement: Is New Zealand’s idiosyncratic approach any better? Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 36(2), 99–110.

Thrupp, M. & Easter, A. (2013). ‘Tell me about your school’: Researching local responses to New Zealand’s National Standards policy. Assessment Matters, 5, 94–115.

Thrupp, M. (2013). Researching amidst the heat and noise of political debate. Policy Futures in Education, 11(6), 723-733.

Lupton, R. & Thrupp, M (2013). Headteachers’ reading of and responses to disadvantaged contexts: evidence from English primary schools, British Educational Research Journal, 39(4), 769-788.


Education Policy; Education Research; Sociology

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