Ali Glasgow

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Lecturer School of Education


Teaching in 2019


MEd, BA, Dip Tchg ECE


I have a background in early childhood education (ECE) and as a Pacific teacher and researcher, I seek to advance Pacific education, foregrounding cultural and linguistic pedagogy and practice, drawing on cultural community perspectives. I have worked extensively and researched with Pacific communities both within NZ and oversea. I have provided specialist advice in a number of contexts both in NZ, the Pacific as well as Indonesia and East Timor.

I am currently completing my final, seventh year of part time PhD research investigating the language, culture and traditional practices in Pacific Language Nests in New Zealand. Through this research I have built up a strong relationship with the Pacific ECE communities and work to foster and support these communities.

In 2015 I was awarded a Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) award in collaboration with a Waikato university based colleague to research Maori and Pacific community views of infant care giving practices. This research has enabled us to build a body of knowledge on traditional and contemporary Maori and Pacific cultural practices, and to promote and advance this knowledge.

I was appointed to the NZ Government Advisory Group on Early Learning (AGEL) in 2016, advising on key ECE policy and practice initiatives. Several of these initiatives are being implemented in field.

I am involved in a VUW funded cross-educational sector research from ECE to Tertiary. This project explores Pacific teachers’ perceptions of the Pacific values of respect, service and leadership. The research is conducted in educational settings in New Zealand, Samoa and the Cook Islands. Another research area in which I have a strong interest Special Education and Inclusion, and in particular ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder. I endorse a sociocultural and indigenous theoretical lens, child agency and the rights of the child perspective, whilst also acknowledging the pivotal and  significant role of families and communities in Special Education provision.

Current research

Ali's current research interests are exploring inclusion in particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders foregrounding both the role of the early childhood teacher and early childhood communities. Reconceptualising and positioning Pasifika early childhood education within indigenous frameworks is another area of research.


Teaching in 2019