Learning, Development and Professional Practice

Navigating success: Exploring the beliefs, attitudes, and aspirations of youth over time


Supervisor

Professor Christine Rubie-Davies
Mohamed Alansari
Dr Frauke Meyer

Discipline

Learning, Development and Professional Practice

Project code: EDU002

This is an exploratory longitudinal study taking place up North, where the aim is to explore changes in student beliefs and learning outcomes over time as a result of a mentoring programme. Another aim of the study is to examine whether the beliefs and practices of mentors and teachers have an influence on student social, psychological, and learning outcomes over the 10 years of the project. Successful candidates will undertake supervised work that includes data entry, analysis, and reporting. This project requires a summer scholar who is meticulous, dedicated, and enthusiastic.

Optional pre-requisites: EDUC200, EDUC223, EDUC323, EDUC351, or other courses in educational or social psychology.

Primary students’ views of writing and student involvement in the writing classroom: a systematic review of the research literature


Supervisor

Dr Eleanor Hawe
Prof Judy Parr

Discipline

Learning, Development and Professional Practice

Project code: EDU012

Research shows students profit from involvement in their own learning. In writing, an area of widespread underachievement, we know little about student views or the nature of their participation. The project entails a systematic review of literature around how student “voice” manifests in the writing classroom. The summer scholar will develop knowledge and skills to locate, read, analyse and evaluate existing research literature that has drawn on the voices and views of children, in the writing classroom. The supervisors and scholar will co-construct a set of criteria to guide the search and the selection of robust studies.

The postgraduate experience


Supervisor

AP Helen Dixon
Dr Gillian Ward

Disciplines

Learning, Development and Professional Practice

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Project code: EDU020

The overall aim of this project is to search the literature to identify the elements that contribute to a quality postgraduate experience for both domestic and international students. Elements may include structure/length of postgraduate programmes, personal and motivational attributes of successful students, and types of supervisory experience which have been found to contribute to a quality outcome for students. The elements would be presented as an annotated bibliography. The summer scholar will make a systematic search of all relevant literature. Each source of evidence will need to be read and analysed, and a concise annotation written. The summer scholar will be provided with a set of guidelines on how to prepare an annotated bibliography.

Gender Identity, Stress, and Coping at School: A Window into Adolescent Mental Health


Supervisor

Dr Penelope Watson

Discipline

Learning, Development and Professional Practice, the University of Auckland

School of Educational Studies and Leadership, The University of Canterbury

Project code: EDU021

This research will examine relationships between adolescent gender identity, stress at school, coping through help- seeking behaviours, and student wellbeing and academic outcomes. A questionnaire yielding both qualitative and quantitative data will be gathered from a diverse sample of high school students in Aotearoa New Zealand (estimated N = 2,000).  The Summer Scholar will work with the project’s Principal Investigator. The applicant should have data entry skills, and a willingness to learn to analyse qualitative data, as well as the ability to search for and gather literature related to the project.

Ngāpuhi-nui-tonu: Ngā tūpuna pūmanawa o nehe rā (Exceptional Ngapuhi ancestors)


Supervisor

Associate Professor Melinda Webber
Office: H509
Mobile: 021308410

Discipline

Learning, Development and Professional Practice

Project code: EDU022

Hineāmaru was a Ngāpuhi leader of great mana who, prior to Pākehā settlement in Aotearoa, was famed for her fearless leadership of Ngāti Hine and her sharp intellect. Ngapuhi tūpuna (ancestors) are portrayed in contemporary literature as fierce, entrepreneurial, uncompromising, risk-taking, and innovative. In this project, I would like to work alongside a student to undertake bibliographic work that examines the distinctive aspects of Ngāpuhi tūpuna. The student will be taught how to reference meticulously and extract key quotes from selected texts that speak to the qualities and characteristics of revered ancestors.

Te Whare Tapu o Ngāpuhi: Ngā maunga whakahī o te Tai Tokerau (The proud mountains of Northland)


Supervisor

Associate Professor Melinda Webber
Office: H509
Mobile: 021308410

Discipline

Learning, Development and Professional Practice

Project code: EDU023

This project will seek information about the sacred house of Ngāpuhi, in particular the sacred mountains or poupou (pillars). The house of Ngāpuhi is constructed with the sky father as the roof, the earth mother as the floor, and the mountains as the posts. In this project, I would like to work alongside a student to undertake bibliographic work that examines the tribal stories of these tūpuna maunga (ancestral mountains). The student will be taught how to reference meticulously and extract key quotes and information from selected texts that speak to the many stories of these sacred tāonga (treasures).