2024 Conference - Waikato University 25th - 27th November - call for abstracts now open


The Teaching and Teacher Education SIG was established at the AGM on the 21st November 2023.

The SIG is open to suggestions for collaborative research, activities, or events that will further the aims of the group.

The Teaching and Teacher Education Special Interest Group provides a forum for NZARE members who are interested in the theory and practice of teacher education in Aotearoa New Zealand, from initial qualification through the years to full registration and beyond. The purpose of the SIG is to facilitate collegiality and collaboration that will develop and strengthen teaching and teacher education through research and practice.  Specifically, the purpose of the SIG is to: 

  • Create a forum for an active network of practitioners, researchers, students, peak body advocates and policymakers to have a positive influence on initial teacher education and the ongoing development of teachers;

  • Support high quality educational research in the area of teaching and teacher education;

  • To organise activities and education that support the ongoing development of high quality initial teacher education and ongoing professional learning about teaching; and

  • Contribute to the development of evidence-based, theoretically sound policy and practice in the area of teaching and teacher education.

2024 Co-Convenors

Jae Major

Dr Jae Major is the Whakatū Nelson Campus Director and Senior Lecturer for the University of Canterbury Faculty of Education. Jae has taught in primary schools in New Zealand and London, and as a secondary ESOL teacher. She has worked in teacher education since 1995, teaching multicultural studies, English for speakers of other languages, and English literacy and curriculum. Jae’s research interests include preparing teachers for culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, disciplinary literacies and language across the curriculum, and identities in teaching and learning.


Lindsay Fish

Having taught languages and literacies in a range of secondary school contexts since 2000, it was the persistent questions about her role as a Pākehā teacher in Māori contexts that drove Lindsay back to university for postgraduate study. Following the completion of her doctoral work that focused on the cultural practices of Pākehā teachers, Lindsay began teaching at BTI in 2021. She works on the Secondary Teaching programme and leads the Master of Professional Practice and Leadership. Her teaching experience and research supports her work with pre-service and in-service teachers. Her research interests include teachers’ understanding of pedagogy and practice arising from their own cultural context, learning communities and how they are theorised, literacy education and community tutoring.