Stephanie Doyle

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Senior Lecturer School of Education

Research interests

International education, Adult Education, Higher Education, Transfer of learning, Adult literacy.


PhD, M Soc Sci (Honours), BA, Teachers College Diploma, Cert Community & Continuing Education


Stephanie has a PhD in Education from Victoria University. Her PhD focused on transfer of learning, and involved a study of students enrolled in a Bachelor of Business and their experiences with adapting learning from their courses to their everyday work.

Stephanie’s background is in adult education and training, and she has worked in a range of tertiary education settings including at the Open Polytechnic, continuing education, community education and union education. She has been involved in a number of evaluations such as those for FLLinNZ (an evaluation of the professional development project Flexible Learning Leaders in New Zealand), and the Learning for Living Professional development projects, and the evaluation embedded literacy and numeracy projects.

Current research

  • Expertise in Doctoral Supervision a narrative study of doctoral supervisors in Australasia, China, Mexico, and the United Kingdom (Co-leading research team with Professor Catherine Montgomery, Hull University, United Kingdom).
  • Intercultural supervsion: African International Students and their supervisors (with Associate Professor Catherine Manathunga, Associate Professor Sue Cornforth, Drs Gerald Prinsen, and Rachel Tallon).
  • International Doctoral Students with Children (with Dr Judith Loveridge, Niusila Faamanatu-Eteuati and Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop).

Research interests

Stephanie’s research interests are in how people learn; the links between learning policy; academic work and careers; international education and the student experience.

Supervision interests

I welcome inquiries from students interested in undertaking master’s or doctoral research in the following areas:

  • the international student experience
  • international education policy
  • the doctoral experience
  • teaching and learning in tertiary and adult education contexts
  • the transfer of learning

Recently completed supervision

Doctoral thesis completions

Johnson Kukatlapalli (2016) A study of the adjustment experiences of Indian international students in New Zealand universities. Supervised by Professor Sekhar Bandyopadhyay and Stephanie Doyle

Esther Cowley Malcolm (2013) Perceptions of Samoan parents from a small town in New Zealand on parenting, childhood aggression and the CD-ROM Play Nicely. Supervised by Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop and Stephanie Doyle

Azizah Binh Mohammed Zahidi (2012)  Self-regulation in English language learning : case studies of six Malaysian undergraduates. Supervised by Stephanie Doyle and Carolyn Tait

Clare Mariskind (2011) 'Making a difference' : university teachers' narratives of student diversity. Supervised by Sue Cornforth, Lise Claiborne, and Stephanie Doyle

Lester Brian Shawa (2011) Exploring anti-democratic practices in university policy-steerage, management and governance in Malawi : a critical theory approach. Supervised by Stephanie Doyle and Professor Rob Strathdee

Humaira Moeed  (2010)Science investigation in New Zealand secondary schools : exploring the links between learning, motivation and internal assessment in Year 1.Supervised by Janet Davies and Stephanie Doyle

Master's thesis completions

Cameron Fraser (2018). How New Zealand schools manage the transition of disabled students leaving secondary education: A multiple-case study.

Philip Daly (2017). Training for volunteers: A multiple case study investigating the relationship between volunteer motivations and required training programmes.

Carine Stewart (2016) Chalkle: The case study of an edtech social enterprise aspiring to transform adult and community education in Aotearoa New Zealand

Alana Moriarity (2015) Prisoners’ Experiences of Foundation Skills – an Intensive Adult Literacy and Numeracy Programme Delivered in New Zealand Prisons

Ha Thuong Vu (2013) Vietnamese international students experiences in a New Zealand university: a narrative study

Elizabeth Chinlund (2013 ) Effects of university preparation and engagement on achievement Supervised by Stephanie Doyle and Michael Johnston.

Sokalyan Mao (2013) Students' choice of a business major and career: a qualitative case study of motivation to study finance and banking

Leah Kilpatrick (2011) Structure and agency: Exploring aspirations of youth trainees.