Dr Judith Loveridge
School of Education
Phone: 04 463 6028
Location: Room 505, Malcolm Block, Karori Campus
Teaching in 2015
EPSY 113 - Understanding Young Children
PhD in Education, MA (1st class) in Education, BA
Judith is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Educational Psychology and Pedagogy. She is particularly interested in the intersection between social and cultural processes and individuals’ learning and development. Her major on-going area of research has been concerned with the ways in which children and adults learn and develop through their experiences of implicit cultural practices as well as through the experiences they have as a result of explicitly stated educational goals and pedagogical philosophies and practices. This theme has been addressed through research examining young children’s learning in home, community and educational settings, children’s enculturation, home, centre and school relations, and adult’s learning in informal contexts. A related research interest is the question of how to appropriately and authentically involve children and young people in research. Ensuring that the diversity of groups and individuals’ experiences is given expression has been an important theme in her research. Judith is currently the co-chair of the Faculty of Education Human Ethics Committee.
Judith is currently a member of a team investigating and comparing three ECE PD networks. These networks included groups of early childhood teachers meeting together with a facilitator to share and learn together. The research involved investigating how these PD networks work, both for the teachers attending the networks and for their early childhood centres. Particular questions explored are:
- How is knowledge and learning created and shared in professional development networks?
- How does participating in professional development networks influence teachers’ practices in their early childhood centres?
She has also been a member of a team examining the impact of diversity in New Zealand early childhood settings. This collaborative research project involves investigating perspectives on diversity including policy, pedagogy and teaching strategies in four major early childhood education services. It has utilised both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.