Curriculum and Pedagogy

Journaling as research method

Supervisor

Alan Ovens

Discipline

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Project code: EDU002

Many qualitative studies use journals as a key way to collect data about participants’ experiences over time.  This project examines the use, rationale for and limitations of journals as a qualitative data source.  A range of articles will be analysed to examine the purpose of using a journal, the protocols employed, literature cited, and limitations noted. Ideally, the student would have a passion for qualitative research and skills in reading published research, interpreting methodological statements, systematically recording and analysing information and writing clearly. 

Fostering secondary student teachers’ confidence and competence to teach science using culturally rich resources

Supervisor

Associate Professor Dawn Garbett

Discipline

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Project code: EDU005

Could you source science education resources and research with a distinctive New Zealand/pacific context and correlate them with appropriate Achievement Standards? I have the project for you! It will involve scanning, analyzing, interpreting and cross referencing articles from New Zealand-based on-line sites. The skills needed for this office-based project include the ability to source published articles, relate to appropriate levels in the curriculum document and/or NCEA Achievement Standards, systematically record information and share a passion for educational resources that are research informed and culturally inclusive.  

Impact of web-based mathematics learning sites on Teachers’ professional identities

Supervisor

Lisa Darragh

Discipline

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Project code: EDU015

The project aims to gain an understanding of the extent to which web-based mathematics-learning sites are used in NZ primary schools, the purposes for and benefits perceived by schools that subscribe to these sites and the impact their use may have on teachers’ identities. The research assistant activities for the summer scholar may involve completing literature reviews, conducting pilot questionnaires with focus groups, and identifying potential participants.

Recognising and valuing the cultural and linguistic knowledge of newly settled families and their transition to communities in New Zealand

Supervisor

Meg Jacobs

Discipline

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Project code: EDU019

The proposed project examines the cultural and linguistic knowledge of families who are newly settled in Aotearoa New Zealand, what families value, and how community programs support families. The ideal Summer Research Scholar will engage in qualitative analysis that shifts the analytical lens from a deficit approach to an asset-based approach centring the knowledge, values, and aspirations of young children (newborn to 5 years) and parents in a culturally and linguistically diverse Auckland playgroup. The Summer Research Scholar will be engaged in a relevant review of the literature, semi-structured interviews, transcription, and qualitative data analysis.

Journaling as research method in conference proceedings

Supervisor

Dawn Garbett

Discipline

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Project code: EDU006

Many qualitative studies use professional journals as a key way to collect data about participants’ experiences over time.  This project examines the use, rationale for and limitations of journals as a qualitative data source.  A set of conference proceedings will be analysed to examine the purpose of using a journal, the protocols employed, literature cited, and limitations noted. Ideally, the student would have a passion for qualitative research and skills in reading published research, interpreting methodological statements, systematically recording and analysing information and writing clearly. 

Understanding and implementing educational innovations in the foreign language classroom

Supervisor

Rosemary Erlam
Constanza Tolosa

Discipline

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Project code: EDU021

Our project investigates how teachers of languages understand and implement new learning after a year-long professional learning programme. The participants are teachers of foreign languages in New Zealand schools who have participated in a programme focused on research-based information about effective language teaching practice.

Four sets of data will be collected: the teacher participants’ coursework from the programme (reading logs and inquiry report), classroom observations, language students’ classwork, and interviews with the teachers and their students.

The summer scholar will work with the researchers in transcribing and analysing data from the interviews (teacher and students) and from classroom observations.

Understand Me: Connecting Whānau and Teachers of Young Children through Stories

Supervisor

Professor Janet S. Gaffney

Discipline

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Project code: EDU023

In this study, we will explore a process by which we create a safe, listening-and-telling space for children, parents/whānau and teachers to story their connected worlds. We will examine how stories shared in educational settings can carve pathways of understanding that shape relations and influence how the sociocultural knowledge of children and whānau are positioned. The ideal Summer Research Scholar will act as a co-facilitator in a story-sharing space that validates the unique identities and ways of knowing negotiated in stories, conduct a relevant review of literature, and engage in transcription and qualitative data analysis with the research team.

Gamification and Playful Learning in Tertiary Education

Supervisor

Dr Rena Heap

Discipline

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Project code: EDU025

In recent years, gameful techniques, such as gamification (using game mechanics in nongame contexts) or educational games (using games to teach), are increasingly used in higher education—often with an aim of increasing learner engagement, motivation, or enjoyment.  There is now growing interest in the sector in more general playful approaches to learning and teaching.

The Summer Scholar will enjoy conducting a literature review of studies of research studies on gamification and playful learning in higher education. Therefore, the scholar will need to bring a high level of competence in literature searching and synthesis. Familiarity with Refworks would be desirable.