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Centre Directors

Melissa Derby

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-0962-6267

My primary area of research is in early literacy, and in particular, in exploring the role of whānau and localised curriculum in fostering foundational literacy skills. More generally, I have an interest in Māori education and success.

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Olivera Kamenarac

ORCID Number: 0000-0003-0444-0823

My research interests include philosophy in/of education, educational policies and politics, critical pedagogies, teacher agency, advocacy and activism, professional identities, professionalism, cultural diversity.

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Centre Members

Margaret Carr

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-7742-4587

Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips

ORCID Number: 0000-0003-4322-4197

Jeanette's interests include: formative assessment, early childhood learning environments, leadership, social justice and family empowerment and educational policy.

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Bronwen Cowie

ORCID Number: 0000-0003-3578-0791

My research is focussed on classroom interactions and learning, with an emphasis on Assessment for Learning in science and technology classrooms and culturally responsive pedagogy in science education.

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Bronya Dean

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-7487-8279

My research interests centre around the musical experiences of young children and their families.

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Greta Dromgool 

Greta Dromgool

Frances Edwards

ORCID Number: 0000-0003-2736-1765

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Janette Kelly-Ware

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-9671-7855

Diversity, the arts, and nature-based education connected to sustainability are all areas where it is possible for adults and children to see, think, and act differently.

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Maggie Lyall

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Hoana McMillan

Māori education, Kōhanga reo, indigenous education, Kaupapa Māori, Māori assessment practices, educational leadership and Māori communities

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Linda Mitchell

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-9428-3192

Professor Linda Mitchell is internationally recognised for her evaluation and analysis of early childhood education policies. Her research has influenced the development of policy frameworks that support good teaching and learning both in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally

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Monica Payne

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Sally Peters

Associate Director of the Early Years Research Centre at the University of Waikato
ORCID Number: 0000-0002-7470-7514

My main research interests relate to transitions, key competencies and children’s thinking (working theories). These interests interweave, with a central focus on the ways in which learning can be fostered within and across settings, and some of the dilemmas associated with this.

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Lesley Rameka

Associate Director of the Early Years Research Centre at the University of Waikato
ORCID Number: 0000-0001-9507-3816

Lesley is a Senior Research Fellow at the Wilf Malcom Institute of Educational Research, Division of Education, University of Waikato. Lesley has worked in early childhood education for over 30 years, beginning her journey in te kohanga reo and working in a number of professional development and tertiary education providers over the years

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Barb Whyte

ORCID Number: 0000-0001-6489-4275

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Hazel Woodhouse

Her research explores innovative ways to support families’ transition to school with a focus on building connections and relationships between stakeholders.

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Jenny Young-Loveridge 

Jenny Young-Loveridge

ORCID Number: 0000-0002-7328-1611

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