Learning, Development and Professional Practice

Teachers’ classroom assessment practices

Supervisor

Associate Professor Mary Hill

Discipline

Learning, Development and Professional Practice

Project code: EDU007

The summer scholar will work under supervision to search for, collate and draft an initial review of studies of reliable observation instruments to measure pedagogy, related to teachers’ classroom assessment practices. Experience in conducting literature reviews, searching electronic databases and managing data preferred. The scholar will have an eye for detail and ability to see the big picture; excellent reading, writing and communication skills in English; confidence to work independently under supervision; and an interest in understanding teachers’ formative assessment practices. The project will begin in November 2018 and conclude by end February 2019, but actual working days are negotiable.

Early learning environments in Aotearoa/NZ: child, parent, home and early childhood education factors that promote early literacy

Supervisor

Dr Kane Meissel

Discipline

Centre for longitudinal research, Learning, Development and Professional Practice

Project code: EDU013

The successful summer student would primarily assist with sourcing and reviewing literature for the project, as well as some data preparation. Applicants should have some familiarity with conducting literature reviews, as well as basic statistical analysis.

Critical thinking during group discussions in secondary schools

Supervisor

Dr Maree Davies
Dr Patrick Girard

Discipline

Learning, Development and Professional Practice

Project code: EDU017

This project will require a literature review on secondary students and their use of critical thinking during group discussions. Some coding of existing transcripts is likely to be necessary, but you do not need coding skills as a prerequisite as I am happy to guide a suitable candidate.   I am looking for someone who has strong literacy skills and who is genuinely interested in this area.  Knowledge of ref works would be beneficial. There will a possibility of a joint publication following the project.

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

Supervisor

Dr Mohamed Alansari
Professor Christine Rubie-Davies

Discipline

Learning, Development and Professional Practice

Project code: EDU020

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.

Learning space and non-linear visual pedagogies

Supervisor

John Roder (extn 48687)

Discipline

Learning, Development and Professional Practice

Project code: EDU024

This project explores learning space and how we might keep it open through exploration of arts informed research and pedagogical practices. It focuses on various dimensions that relate developments in digital media to affective, non-linear visual pedagogies. It builds on previous works with digital media in an early childhood arts based educational research practice Move Act Play Sing (MAPS), looking to extend the methods in tertiary settings.

The Summer scholar will work in two main ways on this project. The first is to locate literature linking non-linear visual pedagogies with developments in digital media and more open ‘learning space’. The goal here is to produce an annotated bibliography scoping liminal spaces in this range of fields. The second goal is to put to work some of the practices with an existing archive of film, such that it would create a collection of examples that speak to the possibilities this research suggests.

Skills

Familiarity with digital literacies involving databases, and visual media archives (including social media). An interest in visual media with at least some experience in creating and editing media (in particular short video clips). The expectation is more computer than camera based. A visual art background (in school or elsewhere) would be an advantage.