NZ EOTC Tertiary Advisory Group
Meet the NZ EOTC Tertiary Advisory Group
Chris North - Covenor
University of Canterbury
Chris North is Associate Head of Te Kura Mātai Hauora/Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury. He works in outdoor and environmental education initial teacher education. Chris is an author of Education Outside the Classroom in Aotearoa New Zealand – A Comprehensive National Study. His research closely examines the links between teaching intentions and the learning of school students and pre-service teachers.
University of Waikato
Associate Professor Chris Eames is in Te Kura Toi Tangata, School of Education at the University of Waikato. He teaches environmental and sustainability education (ESE) to pre-service education students and conducts research with postgraduate students and colleagues into many areas of ESE, including most recently climate change education. He is a regular practitioner of EOTC in all courses he teaches.
Auckland University of Technology
Kylie Thompson is a senior lecturer in Health and Physical Education initial teacher education at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). She has a research interest in the development of social and emotional capabilities through movement contexts has published research in the areas of physical education, health and well-being. Kylie is an Education Commissioner for the New Zealand Olympic Committee and is also a current member of the PE Subject Expert Group for the Ministry of Education.
University of Auckland
Rod Philpot is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Programme Leader of the Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education (BSportHPE) degree. He began working at the University of Auckland in 2006 after 16 years teaching health and physical education in Auckland secondary schools. He has been an assistant teacher, year 12 dean, head of outdoor education, head of department, and an HPE faculty leader. His research focuses on social justice pedagogies in PETE and school health and physical education
University of Otago
Even though my own schooling was in the 1960s and 1970s, by far the strongest memories I have retained relate to the experiences that connected in-school learning with those in meaningful contexts beyond the classroom and school. After many years as a secondary teacher and leader of numerous outdoor education experiences, I have spent even more years in initial teacher education teaching ‘to be’ secondary teachers across the full spectrum of learning areas. I have coordinated and taught dedicated EOTC courses, and have embedded EOTC within courses on curriculum innovation and enrichment. Currently, the emphasis on local curriculum design opens a way for me to encourage our students to think about inclusive, localised and integrated learning possibilties that reflect the communities in which schools are located. EOTC has a strong mandate and I am grateful that my student teachers are often placed with the enabling teachers, or EOTC champions on their professional experience placements so that the next generation of teachers in Aotearoa have the enthusiasm and willingness to include EOTC in their own future curriculum teaching.
University of Auckland
Sally Birdsall lectures in science and sustainability education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her current research explores pedagogies that can help people make lifestyle decisions about contentious issues such as the climate emergency, focusing on the interrelationship between emotions, worldviews and agency.
Dr Allen Hill
Ara Institute of Canterbury
Allen Hill is a Principal Lecturer in Sustainability and Outdoor Education at ARA Institute of Canterbury. His professional career can be characterized by an enduring commitment to the development of people through education coupled with a strong concern for issues of justice, equality, sustainability, transformation, and citizenship. How education can contribute to a more sustainable future through healthy people, healthy communities, and healthy environments is at the heart of his research and teaching interests. Allen’s teaching and research interests lie in meaningful learning experiences that connect people with others, culture, and places. He was principal investigator in the Education Outside the Classroom in Aotearoa New Zealand – A Comprehensive National Study.
Otago University, Teaching Fellow Victoria University of Wellington
Libby has a long career in education, starting in primary and secondary teaching before moving to the tertiary sector. She spent sixteen years developing PLD experiences, and in-school one-on-one support, across the schooling sector, mainly involved in, but not limited to, the HPE learning space.
Libby has been both a facilitator and creator of PLD packages that are structured from an Inquiry perspective that are responsive to teachers’ needs and that of their akonga, based on evidence and research.