Early Years Care and Education
My core research interests are early childhood physically active play/physical education and complexity thinking, but these tend to generate interests in other areas. Some of these include professional development/learning, communities of practice, curriculum, teaching, learning, ICT and e-learning. My current research activities focus on coupling research with my practice in my role as the senior teacher/tuamuki at the university's early childhood centres. My research and practice focus on areas of teachers' professional learning, teaching, learning, leadership, governance and management, and complexity thinking. Other research swirl within and across the areas of early childhood physically active play/physical education and curriculum. My PhD research focused on teaching children games of chase at an early childhood centre with the intention of occasioning emergence, i.e., creating new phenomena. This was a design-based and self-study research which involved a teaching phase at an early childhood centre.My Master’s thesis focused on developing theories of change in professional development related to Active Movement (physically active play). This thesis emerged from a professional development and collaborative action research project I co-constructed with teachers at a preschool where I was working. This research was also informed by complexity theory.