Tara McLauglin

Tara McLaughlin

Senior Lecturer, PhD

Kia ora. I’m Tara. I am the founder and director of this research lab. My research focuses on inclusive high-quality early intervention and early childhood education. Key focus areas include exploring (a) evidence-based, intentional and social-emotional teaching practices (b) assessment and data-informed teaching; and (c) innovative professional learning and development. My current work has a strong emphasis on applied research in early learning settings. My broader research uses an eclectic mix of research methods including statistical techniques and a focus on measurement quality in educational research. I am passionate about advancing a rigorous and thriving research culture, in partnership with teachers and stakeholders in early childhood, that meaningfully contributes to a growing body of knowledge and translates into innovative and practical applications and positive outcomes in early childhood.

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Karyn Aspden

Karyn Aspden

Lecturer, PhD

I’m Karyn Aspden, and I am one of the Early Years team at Massey University. I began my career as a teacher and leader in a range of early childhood services, before moving into initial teacher education. My research interests include practicum, effective teaching practice, early intervention and infant and toddler pedagogy. The importance of meaningful and responsive relationships is the thread that weaves through each of these areas. I am passionate about supporting the enhancement of quality teaching practice in early childhood services, through my work with student teachers, post graduate students and teachers within the sector.

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Philippa Isom

Philippa Isom

Lecturer
Kia ora, ko Philippa Isom ahau. I am a Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education for Te Kunenga te Pūrehuroa (Massey University) with a special interest in the Philosophy of Education, Equity in Education, and Futures Studies. I am passionate about connection across the Learning Areas, student-centered learning, and te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership. Although I am primary trained, I have wide ranging experience across education sectors and have worked in the game design industry. I now work across all endorsements (ECE, Primary and Secondary) and also in the ECE endorsement supporting the development of specific pedagogical and domain knowledge. In my research, I am interested in alternative ways of knowledging in educational philosophy including the use of fiction as a thinking practice.

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Linda Clarke

Senior Tutor, PhD
Kia ora. Ko Linda ahau. Nō Ngai Tahu me Ngati Pākehā ahau. I am a senior tutor in Massey’s Institute of Education. Mostly I teach post graduate courses in early years education. My research interests include teachers’ professional learning and development, coaching, social-emotional learning and toddler pedagogy. My background is as an early childhood teacher. I have worked in playcentres, early childhood services and kindergartens. I am passionate about teaching and research, and I enjoy working to support quality teaching and learning in the early years sector.

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Karen Mackay

Professional Clinician
Kia ora, ko Karen Mackay taku ingoa. I am part of the ECE team at Massey University. My main role is working with students specifically focused on practicum. I have worked across the early childhood sector in a variety of roles which has contributed to my ongoing learning about effective teaching practice. I am passionate about strengthening teachers' understanding of social-emotional competence which I explored through a teacher-led research project. I am also passionate about extending children’s mathematics and literacy learning and assessment.

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Sally Clendon

Sally Clendon

Senior Lecturer, PhD, MSLT, BSLT(Hons)
Kia ora, I’m Sally. I am a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Education. My research interests are focused around optimising access to the curriculum and to literacy learning for children with complex communication and learning needs. I am currently engaged in a number of collaborative research projects with colleagues at universities in New Zealand and Australia focused on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and/or literacy, as well as some key projects for the Ministry of Education. I coordinate the Postgraduate Programmes in Speech and Language Therapy which aligns with my passion for mentoring postgraduate students. My own postgraduate student experience was extremely positive and it is important to me that the students I support have the opportunity to thrive in a similar way. I have experience with a variety of research methodologies but have a particular interest in case study research and its capacity to provide a rich and complex response to a research question by integrating a variety of data sources.

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Vicki Gifkins

Project Coordinator
Kia ora. Ko Vicki Gifkins ahau. I co-ordinate across several research projects including TLRI and Embedded Instruction NZ. I come from a background of teaching across the early childhood sector including in child care, kindergarten, home-based and Playcentre settings. I am also a post-graduate student. I have a passion for ensuring children have access to high quality early childhood education and recognise the critical role of research within this.

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