Anne Yates

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Senior Lecturer School of Education


Teaching in 2019

Research interests

Assessment, E-Learning, Initial Teacher Education


BA Otago, DipTchg Cant, DipBusStud Massey, MEd Well, PhD Well.


Anne lectures in the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary and Secondary), Masters of Teaching and Learning and Masters of Education. Her research interests focus on the impact of NCEA assessment on teachers, e-learning and digital technologies in the classroom.

Prior to Anne's appointment at Victoria University she taught in the secondary school sector, specialising in economics, accounting and legal studies, which included holding middle management positions. She contributed towards the development of NCEA through standards writing and review panels, facilitating professional development, moderation and examination marking roles, writing curriculum support materials and teaching and learning guides.

Current research focus

Anne’s current research focus is student teachers’ use of digital technologies in their teaching practice, and the use of data analytics to improve student engagement in e-learning.

Recently completed research projects

In conjunction with OPNZ and a Victoria University summer scholar an investigation into student perceptions of the effectiveness of a distance education tertiary studies programme on their subsequent study at Level 4. This study built on two previous studies carried out with OPNZ which looked at staff and student perceptions of factors contributing to student engagement in open and distance learning.

Supervision interests

Anne is interested in supervising students who want to investigate secondary and tertiary education, in particular the impact of assessment on students and teachers. She has a passion for open and blended learning and how to improve student engagement. She has expertise in mixed methods and qualitative research.

Recently completed supervision

Research project completion

Lynn Stanton (2018). EDUC589 Research Project. A competency-based workplace training and assessment (CBTA) system: A review of the literature.

Tina Effray (Distinguished Fulbright Teacher, 2018). Assessment literacy: Best practice for teaching and learning.

Beth Burkhart (Distinguished Fulbright Teacher, 2017). Systemic Teacher Induction and Mentoring: What We Can Learn from New Zealand.

Julia Watkin (2016). EDUC589 Research Project. How mindfulness meditation can affect decision making in adolescence: An integrative review of the literature.

Megan Bruce (2016). EDUC589 Research Project. The future of career education in New Zealand secondary schools: A review of the literature.

Master's thesis completion

Celia Stanyon (2013). Master's thesis. Journeys into teaching: Pathways created by overseas trained teachers into a career in secondary school teaching in New Zealand.



Teaching in 2019