Louise Zame - MEd

The flexibility of the Master of Education is letting Louise broaden her horizons while maintaining a career and family life.

Louise Zame
Louise Zame

“I decided to enrol in the Master of Education (180 points) programme because it allowed me to focus on a chosen area in education that I was interested in.”

“I also chose it for practical reasons as I could study part-time, attend weekly evening lectures as well as weekend lectures. This fitted around my working life as well as family life.

“I chose to study at the University of Auckland because it offered the widest range of educational courses to choose from. I also got to meet people whose research I had read throughout my career and who I admired.

“When I first started on this journey, I thought, ‘How am I going to juggle all this?’ Work commitments, two small children and study seemed more like a recipe for disaster than success, but I have found it manageable. It’s not always easy but definitely doable.

“I have just completed the course: Critical Research Methodologies in Education. This course has taught me about what research is. It has given me an introduction to a range of theories and methodologies used in educational research. It has challenged me to read widely and, in doing so, has also challenged me to think more critically about my own teaching practice. My academic vocabulary has been broadened and so, too, my knowledge around ethics and what it means to be an ethical researcher.

“I would really encourage those teachers out there who are thinking about furthering their education, but not sure how they will handle the juggling act, to attend one of the information evenings held at the University as it will help them to put things into perspective.

Louise Zame is studying a Master of Education (180 points). She is currently teaching at New Lynn Primary School where she has been working for the past 12 years.