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Marcia Johnson

Marcia Johnson (Co-director)

Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

Marcia’s research has focused on supervisory practice and the development of a pan-university, collaborative research and writing environment for Waikato students (the Doctoral Writing Conversations). She has conducted research into “threshold concepts” that face doctoral students when writing their dissertation. The overall goal of that project was to develop a framework of key threshold concepts and “best practice” strategies and activities that can inform supervisory and doctoral writing practices.... more

Lise Claiborne

Lise Bird Claiborne (Co-director)

Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

Lise has been involved in research, supervision and administration of higher degree research students for over 20 years. She has published research on the complexities of ethics, care and support of doctoral thesis candidates. Her most recent research has examined ways that supervisors handle difficulties that arise when doctoral students struggle to complete their theses. Part of this research project involved setting up an online discussion forum with highly experienced academics around New Zealand who shared their experiences of working with a diversity of doctoral candidates. The research explored new qualitative methods informed by feminist poststructural theories... more

Margie Hohepa

Margie Hohepa (Co-director)

Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

Margie has extensive research and publication experience within Māori education. Her research is framed by Kaupapa Māori principles and theory. Her research has included the study of Māori educational leadership, assessing and reporting student achievement in Māori medium settings and Māori medium initial teacher education. She is currently leading a TLRI project on kōhanga-kura transitions. Margie has supervised a number of Māori doctoral candidates to completion and has published on processes of Māori doctoral supervision... more

Bronwen Cowie

Bronwen Cowie (Co-director)

Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

Bronwen has extensive experience in the support of staff to extend their research involvement and expertise. This includes the sharing of research data collection and analysis processes as well as a focus on academic writing... more

Associate members

Lynn Bloom,University of Connecticut

Cathy Coleborne, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia

Kathie Crockett, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

Elmarie Kotzé, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

Craig Hight, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia

Anne McKim, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Waikato

Kay Weaver, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato

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