Role at Open Polytechnic
I am the Head of the School of Education Studies.
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Our 120 full-time academic staff are highly qualified and bring a wide range of industry experience to their roles. Over 320 adjunct Faculty (mostly off-campus) with relevant expertise also contribute to the development and delivery of our programmes.
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Head of School
I am the Head of the School of Education Studies.
I am a Regional Lecturer based in Palmerston North.
I teach on courses in the Bachelor of Teaching ECE and support a regional cohort of student’s in Whanganui and Taranaki.
I have a Master of Education (ECE) 1st Class Honours and a Diploma of Teaching from Massey University, a certificate in E learning from the Open Polytechnic, and a Certificate in Te Ara Reo Maori, Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
In my early career I taught in kindergarten and childcare settings before moving into tertiary teaching.
I have been in my current role at the Open Polytechnic since 2008.
My research interests are in the area of teacher education, in particular, learning through practice experience and the interaction of theory and practice.
(Tate, A. (2015). Developing identities in the workplace: students’ experiences of distance early childhood teacher education. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education DOI:10.1080/1359866X.2015.1084995
I am a Senior Lecturer with the Centre for Education Studies and teach in the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and the Diploma of teaching (ECE). I also share overall responsibility for the portfolio of programmes within the Centre.
I have a Master of Education (ECE), a Bachelor of Arts (Education) and a Diploma of Teaching (ECE). I have worked in teacher education since 1989 and before starting with Open Polytechnic in 2000 I was a senior lecturer with the Auckland College of Education.
My research interests include recognition of prior learning, education for sustainability and social and cultural diversity. You can view my research here.
I am a regional lecturer in the Southland and Central Otago areas.
I have a doctorate (EdD) from the University of Auckland, a MEd, BEd, BA (majoring in English and Psychology), HDE (Primary), and Diploma of Education for the pre-primary school (Dip Ed pre-prim).
I am a registered teacher, with many years’ experience as a kindergarten teacher.
I have taught in tertiary education since 2000 at NZTC, Unitec, AUT and currently at the Open Polytechnic.
My research interests focus predominantly on early childhood. I have researched second language acquisition; self talk in children from diverse language backgrounds; the visual arts; and am currently working on research into the role of music in curriculum and children’s learning through play.
Clark, B. (2006). Private speech: A window into the self-talk of kindergarten children from diverse language backgrounds. University of Auckland: Unpublished doctoral thesis.
Clark, B. (2012). Minding the P’s: passion in professionalism in early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 344 – 347 http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/ciec.2012.13.4.344
Clark, B. & de Lautour, N. (2007). Have we stepped back too far? An examination of the role of adults in children’s direct art experiences in the early childhood setting. In Proceedings from the Early Childhood Convention, Rotorua, 2007 [CD-ROM] (9 pages).
Clark, B., & de Lautour, N. (2009). In early childhood education, should the adult’s role in the visual arts be hands-on, or hands-off, or is there a role which is somewhere in-between or somewhere beyond? Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design), 4, 115-119.
Clark, B. & de Lautour, N. (2012). Children's art, children’s languages: A mirror of the hundred "languages" of children, in and through their expressions. Paper in Early Childhood Australia proceedings. http://www.ecaconference.com.au/2012papers/Clarke_Beverley_deLautour_Nicky.pdf
Clark, B. & Grey, A. (Eds.). (2010). Ata kitea te pae - Scanning the horizon: Perspectives on early childhood education. Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson.
Clark, B., Grey, A. & Terreni, L. (2013). (Eds.) Kia tipu te wairua toi. Fostering the creative spirit. Arts in early childhood education. Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson.
Grey, A. & Clark, B. (2013). Nga hurihanga ako kohungahunga. Transformative teaching practices in early childhood education. Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson.
Regional Lecturer - Christchurch
I support students who are studying towards their Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) in the Canterbury/mid Canterbury and West Coast regions. I am the course leader for 75104 Curriculum 1 and EC724 ECE Curricula and Services.
I am a qualified early childhood teacher. I have a Diploma in Sports and Recreation, a Certificate and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor of (Education) Teaching and Learning (ECE). I have taught in early childhood and teacher education for a number of years, I have worked in various roles within the sector including teaching, centre owner/manager, as well as providing consultancy to services in the areas of leadership and environments. I have been a regional lecturer with Open Polytechnic since 2006.
My research interests lie in the areas of men in early childhood, ICT technologies and environmental sustainability in early childhood education.
I am the Regional Lecturer Waikato for the Education Centre, teaching in the Diploma of Teaching (ECE) and the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) qualifications.
I have a New Zealand Child Care Certificate, a Diploma of Teaching (ECE), a Bachelor of Social Sciences, a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Education and a Masters in Educational Psychology. I am currently studying Te Ataarangi Te Reo Māori.
I am a parent and have been an early childhood teacher, centre owner/manager, adult educator, early intervention teacher, hospital play specialist, tertiary learning assessor and company director/manager. I am also a New Zealand Qualifications Authority moderator.
As part of my Masters in Educational Psychology I completed a paper on Dyspraxia and Transitions from Secondary to Tertiary Education.
I am a Regional Lecturer for students studying in the Bachelor and Diploma of Teaching (ECE) programmes.
I teach in the Learning, Development and Culture strand. During student practicums I support and assess the students in my region.
I support students in the Dunedin and North Otago area up to and including Temuka.
Over my teaching career I have gained the following qualifications: Master in Education with first class honours, Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership, Bachelor of Learning and Teaching (Early Childhood), and a Kindergarten Teaching Diploma.
I have taught in early childhood teaching for a number of years, and spent five years as a Kindergarten Senior Teacher. I joined the Open Polytechnic midyear in 2017 as a Regional Lecturer.
I am interested in leadership in early childhood, inclusion and learning styles in adult education. I have produced an unpublished thesis as part of my studies around supporting team work in educational settings.
I am based in Christchurch and support early childhood education students in their study and practice.
Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Teaching, Master of Arts (Hons), Doctor of Education. I am a fully registered teacher.
I have been involved in the early childhood education sector for a number of years, in a variety of settings and services.
I am a Regional Lecturer in the School of Education Studies/Te Kura Ako, and am based in Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland region.
I teach on the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) programmes.
I work specifically within the Tangata Whenua and Practicum strands, and am Course Leader for Professional Pedagogy and Practice courses 65105/75105 and 75205
I have a Master of Education (M.Ed.), and a Bachelor of Education (ECE).
I have worked in teacher education since 2006, and before that had worked in a variety of early childhood education and care settings.
My research interests include biculturalism in ECE, with a specific focus on Te Whāriki as a bicultural curriculum document.
My Masters study focused on a review of Te Whāriki as a bicultural curriculum document, and its position in ECE twenty years since its inception (unpublished).
I am the Programme leader for the Certificate in Teacher Aiding, the Certificate in Education Support and the Certificate in Out of School Care and Recreation
I have a BSc, a Post Grad Dip Sci, a Diploma In Teaching (Secondary), Certificates in Adult Tertiary Teaching, e-learning and Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education.
I taught in secondary schools and worked in primary school administration. I was an adjunct tutor for the OSCAR certificate.
I have governance and management experience in ECE, OSCAR and adult education.
I teach courses in the Diploma of Teaching (ECE) and Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) programmes.
I have a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education, a Diploma of Teaching and Diplomas in Subject Studies for Teachers and in Teaching Philosophy for Children. I am currently working towards my masters degree.
Before taking up tertiary teaching I worked as a kindergarten teacher.
I am a regional lecturer. I teach students enrolled in 75200 and 75304.
Locally I get to know students who I support across the Bay of Plenty and Thames/Coromandel regions.
I value the life experiences and passion that students bring to their learning
I have a Diploma of Teaching and a Master of Arts in Integrated Provision for Children and Families studied through Pen Green Research, Development and Training Centre. I am currently exploring PhD opportunities.
My work across education and social care sector both in UK and New Zealand has been through a range of roles including teaching, family focused work, parenting education programmes, child protection work, and leadership of a multi-disciplinary Surestart Children’s Centre.
I am interested in leadership and collaborative partnership development in early childhood education.
This interest has developed through multi-disciplinary work over the years.
Alderson, J. & Kenny, D. (2016). Working Together for Early Childhood. ARNEC Connections, proposal Issue No. 11, 2016
Working collaboratively Childforum
Alderson, J. (2008). Working collaboratively: The new dynamics of partnership work in children’s services.
Tamaki Makaurau Early Childhood Teacher Education Providers Network. The 10th Symposium for Early Childhood Associate Teachers. “Professionalism and Partnership” (2017) Title: Getting it together for children and families. A move towards inter-organisation professional partnership practice connected to early childhood education (ECE) centres.
National Conference Presentations
Central Kids 2016 Huhuinga - I have a voice | Tōko Reo Tōko Ohooho - Bringing voices together through inter-organisation partnership work! “Getting it together for children and families. A move towards inter-organisation professional partnership practice connected to early childhood education (ECE) centres.” Joanne Alderson and Donna Kenny, September 2016.
Early Years Research Centre Conference, University of Waikato. Introducing research – Getting it together for children and families. A move towards inter-organisation professional partnership practice connected to early childhood education (ECE) centres, Joanne Alderson and Donna Kenny, August 2016, Hamilton.
National Conference Presentation Abstract Only Published in Proceedings
Presentations – NZARE Conference: Introducing current research - Title of presentation: Getting it together for children and families. A move towards inter-organisation professional partnership practice connected to early childhood education (ECE) centres, Joanne Alderson and Donna Kenny, May 2015, Wellington.
EIAANZ Presentation Abstract only published in Proceedings - Integrated service for children and Families (partnership work) 2010. Conference Bruce Mason Centre Auckland.
MA thesis: A study of collaborative Partnerships in Integrated Early Years Services. All aboard or not.
Partnership publication (Journal article): – Working Collaboratively: The new dynamics of partnership work in children’s services, 2008.
I work within the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). Part of my role includes managing the noho marae workshops that are a part of the Tangata Whenua courses. I also visit students on practicum and support students with their study.
I have a Masters of Education, Bachelor of Education (Teaching), Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Diploma in Children’s Services and a Certificate in Children’s Services from the Sunshine Coast TAFE.
I have been working in teacher education for 16 years. I have taught in Primary schools in New Zealand and have taught in an early childhood setting in Australia. I have teaching qualifications from both New Zealand and Australia. My Master of Education was focussed on Indigenous and Maori education.
I am currently researching Maori identity and belonging.
Nager J P M, 'Shifting paradigms: the role of indigenous pedagogy in early childhood teacher education', Early Childhood Convention 2007 (Rotorua, September 2007).
Stephenson A M, Dyne J F, Barker A A, Tossman J R, Burgess F, Nager J P M, 'Feedback on students assignments: The next course', NZARE Conference (Dunedin, December 2001).
Taiwhati M, Nager J P M, Short N, Marshall M M A, 'The place of traditional Māori knowledge within teacher education. Ko ngā taonga tuku iho nā ngā tūpuna', Mātauranga Taketake: Traditional Knowledge 2006 (Wellington, June 2006).
Nager J P M, 'Maori Pedagogies', Correspondence School Annual Conference (Te Papa, Wellington, 2003).
I support students studying towards their Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and Diploma of Teaching (ECE) in the Manawatu, Horowhenua and Kapiti regions. I lead the Self in Society strand and am course leader for Self in Society 3.
I am a fully registered teacher with a Master of Education (Distinction), a Bachelor of Arts (Education and Music History) and a Diploma of Teaching (ECE). I have taught in early childhood and teacher education for a number of years and have been a regional lecturer with the Open Polytechnic since 1999.
My research interests include early literacy, notions of community, and social and policy influences in early childhood. I have published a number of books and articles in these areas, including:
Hamer, J. (2015). 'It's all the things'? Exploring teachers' views on the notion of 'community' in early childhood education. (Master’s thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand). Retrieved from http://researcharchive.vuw.ac.nz/handle/10063/4686
Barratt-Pugh C., Rivalland, J., Hamer, J., & Adams, P. (2006). Literacy learning in Australia: Practical ideas for early childhood educators. South Melbourne, Vic.: Thomson/ Dunmore Press.
Chapters 3, 11 & 26 of Adams, P., Openshaw R., & Trembath V. (eds). (2006). Score more: Essential academic skills for tertiary education. South Melbourne: Thomson Learning Australia.
Adams, P., Openshaw R., & Hamer, J. (Eds) (2005). Education and society in Aotearoa New Zealand (2nd ed.). Southbank, Vic.: Thomson.
Hamer, J., & Adams, P. (2003). The New Zealand early childhood literacy handbook: Practical literacy ideas for early childhood centres. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Dunmore Press.
My current role is a Regional Lecturer working on both the Diploma of Teaching (ECE) and the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE). I work on a variety of courses in the Diploma and the Tangata Whenua strand of the Degree.
I have a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) Honours, a Post Graduate Diploma of Educational Leadership and am currently completing a Master of Education. Before moving into teaching I worked in the early childhood sector in kindergartens and in home based childcare services.
I am currently working on projects looking at the early years and at gifted and talented children.
I am the Programme Leader for a suite of programmes that cover professional development for educators. Along with a team of developers I am responsible for planning, writing and delivering courses to educators across a wide range of industries including polytechnics, universities, schooling sector and the corporate environment.
I have a Bachelor’s degree, a post graduate primary teaching qualification and a Master’s in Education. I also hold the Open Polytechnic Certificate in Designing and Facilitating E-Learning.
I have represented the adult education sector over many years at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority writing qualifications and standards and moderating materials.
I have taught across the Pacific engaging academic staff who are new to online delivery and adult education and training qualifications.
In a previous life I taught communication skills, maths, and computing skills to foundation level learners. I have also worked in the area of Trade Marks and Patents as a Trade Mark Executive.
Role at Open Polytechnic
I am the Student Advisor for the School of Education.
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) Upgrade options A and B
Open Polytechnic Certificate in Early Childhood Practice
National Certificate in Early Childhood Education & Care
New Students - Before you apply to enrol for the first time, I can help:
- Choose which qualification will best suit your study and career goals.
- Select the best course to start with for your first enrolment.
- Explain how our degree and certificate qualifications are structured.
- Assist you with planning your qualification; including putting together a study plan to find out what work load will be right for you.
- Work out if previous tertiary study you have completed can be cross credited to a degree with us.
Current students – I can help:
- Explain how you can study with us to pathway from a certificate to a degree.
- Discuss how your completed Open Polytechnic study can help you achieve another qualification with us.
- Work out how many courses you have left to study before you can complete your qualification.
- If you have any matters that arise during your studies, I can help you.
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Associate Professor of Education / Programme Leader
I am the Programme Leader of the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE).
Prior to working at Open Polytechnic I worked at Canterbury University, Victoria University and also Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa New Zealand Childcare Association.
My doctoral thesis critiqued sociocultural methodologies in relation to early childhood care and education and my current writing continues to explore this area.
A selection of my research outputs is below:
Brennan, M. (2017). Reflect, ‘refract’ or reveal: Sociocultural explorations of the place of teacher subjectivity in infant care. International Journal of Early Years Education, 25(2), 156-170.
Brennan, M. (2016). Perezhivanie and the silent phenomenon in infant care: Rethinking socioculturally informed infant pedagogy. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 17(3), 317-327.
Brennan, M. (2016). Rule breaking in the child care centre: Tensions for children and teachers. International Journal of Early Childhood, 48(1), 1-15.
Brennan, M. (2014). Perezhivanie: What have we missed about infant care? Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 15(3), 284-292.
Brennan, M. (2008). Celebrating tenderness: The heart of socio-cultural theory. The First Years Nga Tau Tuatahi, 10(1).
Brennan, M. (2007a). A Culture of Tenderness: Teachers’ socialisation practices in group care settings. European Early Childhood Education Research,15(1).
Brennan, M. (2007b). Using socio-cultural approaches for educational research. Research and Policy Series, Victoria University of Wellington.
Brennan, M. (2007c). “Beyond child care – how else could we do this? Socio-cultural reflections on the structural and cultural arrangements of contemporary, Western child care”. Australian Journal of Early Childhood,(32)1, 1-9.
Brennan, M. (2007d). Young children breaking the rules: a socio-cultural interpretation. Early Childhood Folio, 11, 2-5.
I teach and support learners on the adult education and elearning qualifications we offer. I am course leader for 5901 Applying eLearning Opportunities and 5902 Facilitating eLearning.
I have a Bachelor of Science, a Transitional Certificate in Psychology, a Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), a Master of Communications and a Master of Arts in Arts Therapy. I have also completed unit standards in adult education and training. In 2004 I was awarded a Flexible Learning Leaders in New Zealand professional development scholarship funded by the Tertiary Education Commission where I focused on the use of technology in learning, teaching and professional development.
I am an experienced adult educator who has worked with diverse learners in a variety of community, academic and workplace contexts. I have the ability to work across the whole learning spectrum from designing learning frameworks, policies and programmes, and developing resources through to implementing and delivering the programmes. E-learning is an important aspect of my professional practice and ongoing development. I have facilitated, and participated in, online learning communities globally. My Master of Communications research was on the topic of online mentoring. Using technology for communication, collaboration, resource development and learning is integral to both my teaching practice and personal life.
I am a Principal Lecturer and a Co-Research Leader within the Ako Aotearoa National Fund “Building Kaupapa Māori within Early Childhood Education”. Both these roles are in support of the Centre of Education Studies Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and Diploma of Teaching (ECE). I teach in the Professional Practice and Pedagogy strand and the Research and Inquiry strand.
I have a Certificate in Child Care and Education, a Diploma in Kindergarten Teaching, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Communication Management (Distinction) and a Masters in Management (Distinction).
I have served as the External Moderator for Auckland University of Technology’s Bachelor of Arts Degree in ECE and on the Auckland University of Technology Post Graduate Committee as the Early Childhood Representative. I have also worked on the West Auckland ECE Network Committee, the Auckland OMEP, the New Zealand Association for Research in Education Council, the New Zealand Association for Research in Education Ethics Review Committee and acted as peer reviewer for articles submitted to the New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies.
Alach, H., Broadley, M-E., Hill, D., Lee, D., LeMarseny, A., Parsonage, N., Roberts, C., Stover, S., Visser, J. (2008). Tamaki Makaurau Early Childhood Teacher Education Providers network, Early Childhood Associate Teachers Symposium.
Alach, H., Broadley, M-E., Hill, D., Lee, D., LeMarseny, A., Parsonage, N., Roberts, C., Stover, S., Visser, J. (2009). Tamaki Makaurau Early Childhood Teacher Education Providers network, Early Childhood Associate Teachers Symposium.
Williams, N., Broadley, M-E., Lawson, K (2009). “Building Kaupapa Maori within Early Childhood Education”
Broadley, M-E, & Roberts, C. (2008). The Student Voice and Associate Teacher Voice. Early Education , 44. p 16-18.
Broadley, M-L, & Fagan, T. Progress not perfection: The art of reflective practice. In Auckland University of Technology Student Textbook (2009). Ăta Kitea Te Pae – Scanning the Horizon: Perspectives of Early Childhood Education, Pearson.
I am a senior regional lecturer for both the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and Diploma of Early Childhood Education (L5) programmes.
I support students with their academic study in the wider Tamaki Makaurau region including Warkworth.
I have a NZFKU Diploma in ECE, a Bachelor of Arts (Massey) and a Master of Educational Management (Unitec).
I have worked in early childhood education for forty years in a number teaching, early childhood management and professional development roles in Aotearoa New Zealand, the UK and as an early year’s consultant in Qatar.
Since 2002 I have been in initial teacher education initially at Unitec, West Auckland and for the last 11 years at the Open Polytechnic, Kuratini Tuwhera.
My areas of interest include early childhood leadership, in particular pedagogical or curriculum leadership and the role of mentoring in initial teacher education.
I have recently been part of an appreciative inquiry project on the role of the visiting lecturer in supporting student’s practicum experience.
I am programme leader for the Early Childhood Certificate programmes and have also contributed to the development of the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) courses.
I have considerable experience in early childhood education and have held teaching and leadership positions within the kindergarten and tertiary sectors. I have a Kindergarten Teaching Diploma, an Advanced Diploma of Teaching, a Diploma of Teaching Students with Special Teaching needs and a Master of Education (Merit).
My research interests include children’s technological problem solving and diversity in the early childhood sector.
Rosewarne, S., & Shuker. (2010) Recognising poverty and financial hardship: Implications for practice In S. Cherrington & V Green (Eds.), Delving into diversity. Nova Publishing
2009 Barker, A., and Rosewarne, S. (2009). Early childhood teachers’ experiences and perceptions of diversity: Expressions of success and challenges. Paper presented at New Zealand Association for Research in Education. Rotorua
2006 Rosewarne, S. (2006). Saw that wood: Persisting with difficulty. Paper presented at the Australian Research in Early Childhood Education Conference. Monash University, Peninsula Campus.
2004 Rosewarne, S. (2004). Children as cooperative players. Wellington Region Free Kindergarten
2004 Rosewarne, S., & Higgins, A. (2004). TENZ area meeting Wellington: Technology Education in Early Childhood settings: Wellington College.
2003 Rosewarne, S., Dyne. J., & Chatt, D. (2003). Clipped wings or freedom: Perspectives on nurturing emotional wellbeing. 8th Early Childhood Convention, Palmerston North.
2002 Rosewarne, S. (2002). Early Childhood Leadership: Managing Stress in the Work Place, TRCC Professional Development Conference. Porirua: Wellington
Rosewarne, S. & Prince, K. (2002). Nurturing Co-operative Behaviours in Early Childhood Education Settings: Storming the Brain, National Seminar, Children’s Issues Centre. Wellington
Canham, K., & Rosewarne, S., The silent apprentice: The influence of personal educational experiences on practice Wellington Region Free Kindergarten Association in-service on Teachers Talking Professionally: Seatoun, Wellington.
Canham, K., & Rosewarne, S. Giving and receiving feedback Wellington Region Kindergarten
2001 Rosewarne, S., J. Tyler, (2001). Creating a purposeful and Passionate Community: Auckland College of Education Professional Development Conference: Newmarket
Rosewarne, S., White. J., & Wright, L. (2010). Exploring transition through biographical memory: Implications for parents and teachers in early childhood education. Australian Journal of Early Childhood Volume 35 Number 3
Cherrington, C., Oldridge, L. ,& Green, V. (with Dalli, C., Davidson, S., Rosewarne, S., White, J.,& Wansbrough, D. (2009). Evaluation of the early childhood education information and technology professional learning programme. Wellington: Ministry of Education
Ministry of Education & New Zealand Teachers Council (2006). Towards Registration: A resource kit for teachers. Learning Media: Wellington.
Rosewarne, S. (1997). Quality Kindergarten Programmes: Parents' Views. Dissertation in partial fulfilment of Dip ESSTN. (held at W.J. Scott Library Victoria University Wellington).
2003-2005 External Moderator, Bethlehem College, Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) programme.
2005- 2009 Monitor, Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) programme for Bethlehem Institute.