Faculty of Education

Dr Mark Sheehan

Senior Lecturer
School of Education Policy and Implementation

Phone: 04 463 9687
Location: Room 209, Panckhurst Block, Karori Campus

Dr Mark Sheehan


PhD, MA, BA, Dip Tchg


Mark has been involved in education matters in New Zealand for almost 30 years as a primary and secondary school teacher, lecturer, researcher, museum educator, advisor and textbook writer. He has also acted as an independent consultant to the Ministry of Education and was a visiting academic at the Institute of Education (University of London) during the latter part of 2010. His teaching includes courses on educational history, teaching and learning history, educational policy and curriculum theory.

Current Research

Mark’s research interests include critical thinking, assessment, the role of history in citizenship education (with an especial focus on memory, reconciliation and the Treaty of Waitangi), the education of young men and the place of knowledge in 21st century curricula. As well as researching and publishing in these areas, Mark has recently completed a Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TRLI) study that examined how secondary school history students learn how to think critically/historically through course work.

Mark Sheehan is interested in supervising research on critical thinking, assessment, teaching and learning history, educational policy, curriculum design, history of education, the education of young men, memory and reconciliation and the place of knowledge in 21st schooling curricula.