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I am a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Education. Prior to this appointment, I was a Research Scientist at the University of Florida in the Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies. My teaching includes undergraduate and postgraduate papers in Early Years. As a teacher, teacher educator, and researcher in Early Years, I am committed to supporting learning environments that promote diverse and equitable opportunities for all children and families. I maintain an active research programme in range of topics related to early learning supports and services for young children, including children with disabilities, their families, and the teachers and specialists who serve them.
I approach research from a pragmatic perspective and use a range of methods to explore and examine research questions. I have extensive training in research and evaluation methodology, with a focus on single subject and group experimental design, measurement, statistical analysis, and secondary data analysis of extant data sets.
I believe research evidence should be informed from three inter-related sources of knowledge: 1) empirical research to identify relationships between teaching and learning for young children; 2) wisdom and experience of families and teachers to ensure teaching and learning practices are acceptable and feasible in real-life settings; and 3) community values and priorities to guide culturally relevant practices and desired outcomes for children.
21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302): Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102): Education (130000): Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303): Education Systems (130100): Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105): Special Education and Disability (130312): Specialist Studies in Education (130300): Te Whariki (Maori Early Childhood Education) (130107): Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)