The Herbison lecture is presented at the Annual Conference of NZARE by an invited Education Researcher. It is an honour to be invited to present the lecture and these lectures often feature a topics of current interest in education. The lecture honours Dame Jean Herbison in recognition of her outstanding contribution to education in New Zealand.
||Dr Joce Jesson, University of Auckland. (download lecture PDF 450KB)
||Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi View video of presentation
||Professor Martin Thrupp, University of Waikato (download lecture, PDF 774KB)
||Professor Peter Roberts, University of Canterbury (download slide summary PDF 225KB) Full paper was published as Roberts, P. (2014). Tertiary education and critical citizenship. In J.E. Petrovic & A.M. Kuntz (Eds.), Citizenship Education Around the World: Local Contexts and Global Possibilities (pp. 220-236). New York: Routledge.
||Professor Wally Penetito, Victoria University of Wellington (download lecture, PDF 243KB)
||Professor Stuart McNaughton, The University of Auckland (download slide summary, PDF 545KB). The paper is not available in full, but a similar topic is discussed in McNaughton, S. (2011). Designing better schools for culturally and linguistically diverse children: A science of performance model for research. New York NY: Routeldge.
||Dr Cathy Wylie, NZ Council for Educational Research (download lecture, PDF 295KB)
||Professor Joy Cullen, Massey University College of Education (download lecture, PDF 90KB)
||Emeritus Professor Keith Ballard, University of Otago (download lecture, PDF 620KB)
||Dr Geraldine McDonald (download lecture, PDF 80KB)
||Professor Noeline Alcorn, University of Waikato
||Associate Professor Alison Jones, University of Auckland (download lecture, PDF 643KB)
||Associate Professor Margaret Carr, University of Waikato
||Professor Arohia Durie, Massey University
||Professor Graham Nuthall, University of Canterbury (download lecture, PDF 152KB)
||Professor Margaret Maaka, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
||Professor William Tunmer, Massey University
||Arapera Royal Tangaere
2015 NZARE Herbison Lecture
Dr Joce Jesson
Dr Joce Jesson is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Critical Studies, University of Auckland, and the School of Education at AUT University. She grew up in Rotorua and Tokoroa, and taught in a range of schools both urban and rural areas. Her first university qualification was a Diploma in Home Science. This was followed by simultaneous teaching and study in areas such as a Diploma of Guidance, a Master’s degree considering bi-cultural curriculum development in Science Education. Her Ph.D. considered the changing relationship of PPTA with the state. At Auckland College of Education she became Director of Research Development, and became recognised for her research on the political economy of educators. She uses teachers' experience to consider the changing policy matters of curriculum, the teaching process, and teachers' work. She has been an editor, and reviewer for NZJES, as well as NZJTW. As an unionist she held office in PPTA, ASTE, (now TEU) and is a Fellow of the NZEI. She has been a Director of Ako Aotearoa and Mangere Mountain Education Centre, as well as Auckland Regional Holdings prior to establishment of Auckland Council. Since her retirement, she has continued mentoring colleagues through qualifications and the establishment of their own academic careers.
Topic: Emancipation through education, the dreams of organised teachers: Remembering our history.
Abstract: This presentation retraces some of the often ignored history of Aotearoa/New Zealand education that has created various aspects of the education structures, dating back to 1860s. Of particular interest is the relationship between educational innovation and change that has come about through the active involvement of teachers as policy champions as they pursue their goal of a professional project. These long established, but evolving, processes form part of the professional identity of teachers at all levels: early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary and higher education; with implications for both current and future policy changes. Sometimes areas are marginalised, ignored or simply forgotten. This talk foregrounds those areas bringing them back in alongside, or parallel with, the mainstream areas. It also highlights developments in worker education, union education and activism in communities.
2014 NZARE Herbison Lecture
Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith
Professor Smith is an internationally renowned Māori educationalist who has been at the forefront of the alternative Māori initiatives in the education field and beyond. His academic background is within the disciplines of education, social anthropology and cultural and policy studies, with recent academic work centred on developing theoretically informed transformative strategies for intervening in Māori cultural, political, social, educational and economic crises. He is involved in the development of Tribal Universities and is a retired chairperson of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi Council. In his former position as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori), he was responsible for developing a Māori University structure within the University of Auckland.
Topic: Transforming research: The emerging indigenous research context in Aotearoa / New Zealand
Abstract: This paper raises a range of issues that ought to be understood by both ‘Indigenous researchers’ and ‘researchers who undertake indigenous research’. A key argument is the necessity for those engaged in indigenous research to position ‘carefully’ and clearly with respect to the limitations and capacity of their skill set that they bring to the research. Of concern is the necessity to have a critical literacy that allows the researcher to appropriately take account of the colonized context in which the research is inevitably occurring. This challenge is important if the intent is to develop transforming outcomes of the often high and disproportionate levels of social, cultural and economic underdevelopment that affects indigenous communities. In New Zealand we have seen the emergence of indigenous research Methodologies, theorizing and critique that developed out of the work of a group of Māori scholars working at the University of Auckland in the 1980’s. Since this beginning, much of this work under the generic labeling of ‘Kaupapa Māori’ has had a significant impact in Māori scholarship, Māori research and the public policy domain. More recently, ‘Kaupapa Māori’ insights have been adapted and reinterpreted by other indigenous scholars to be applied in their own cultural contexts. In this paper I draw on and share insights from the Kaupapa Māori research approaches that have evolved in New Zealand since the 1980’s. In particular, I underline the significance of ‘critical’ understandings and also revisit the key transformative ideas that are embedded in this approach.
2013 NZARE Herbison Lecture
Professor Martin Thrupp, The University of Waikato
Martin Thrupp's research interests are in education policy sociology with a particular focus on how policy plays out in schools in diverse contexts. After five years secondary teaching in Levin and Porirua, he lectured at Waikato and then spent six years working in the UK where he was Reader in Education Policy at King's College London and Senior Lecturer in Education Management and Leadership at the Institute of Education, University of London. While in the UK, Thrupp was convenor of the Social Justice group of the British Educational Research Association, served on the executive of the Society for Educational Studies and undertook large-scale research projects in England and Europe. Back in New Zealand since 2006, Thrupp has mainly continued to research and write about the influence of school contexts, New Zealand education policy and the politics of educational research. His current research is into the enactment of the National Standards policy in New Zealand primary schools (the RAINS project - Research, Analysis and Insight into National Standards). Thrupp is the author of Schools Making a Difference: Let's be Realistic! (1999, Open University Press), Education Management in Managerialist Times: Beyond the Textual Apologists (2003, Open University Press, with Rob Wilmott) and School Improvement: An Unofficial Approach (2005, Continuum). He also co-edited, with Ruth Irwin, Another Decade of New Zealand Education Policy: Where to Now? (2010, University of Waikato). In 2012 Thrupp received an award from the Tertiary Education Union for promoting academic freedom.
Topic: At the eye of the storm: Researching schools and their communities enacting National Standards
Abstract: National Standards and associated developments in primary and intermediate schools have involved some of New Zealand's most controversial and contested education policies of recent years. The Research Analysis and Insight into National Standards (RAINS) project has focussed on the lived impact of these policies in six diverse schools since 2009. The research provides a rich account of the day-to-day preoccupations and practices of principals, teachers, boards, ERO reviewers, parents and children as they enact the National Standards policies. The RAINS project is coming to a close at the end of 2013 and this lecture will review the background to the research, how it was carried out, the main findings and their implications. It will also reflect on some of the particular challenges involved in undertaking the RAINS research. These have included keeping up with the demands of fieldwork across multiple sites and roles as well as carrying out a research programme amidst the continuing heat and noise of political debate.