Dr Alexis Siteine

MEd (1st class Hons), PGDipEd, BA


Having spent 11 years involved in primary teaching as either a classroom teacher or a professional development advisor, Alexis Siteine became a teacher educator at the Auckland College of Education, which later became the Faculty of Education at The University of Auckland. Her masters thesis examined the perceptions of New Zealand teachers about the purpose of social studies education and her doctoral work explores the concept of ‘identity’ and the way in which teachers recognise and affirm their students’ identity. Her teaching and research interests include notions of identity, social studies and citizenship education, and social realism in the sociology of education. She is currently executive editor of Pacific Asian Education.

Research | Current

  • Doctoral thesis: The Affirmation of Identity in New Zealand Schools

Teaching | Current

  • EDUC 118: History and Society in New Zealand Education
  • EDUC 321: Politics, Philosophy and Education
  • EDCURRIC 106: Social Studies Education Primary
  • EDCURRIC 344: Social Studies: Changes and Challenges
  • EDPROFST 754: Special Topic: Critical Research Methodologies in Education
  • EDPROFST 205: Promoting Achievement for Diverse Learners
  • EDUC 776: Education, Culture and Identity

Postgraduate supervision


  • Chris Hu – MEd – Children’s experiences of school closure in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes
  • Luisa Tuitupou – MProfStudies – Do you see what I see?  Island-born Pasifika secondary school students views of what helps or hinders their academic success. 


  • .Alison Tui’onetoa – MEd – Freireian Dialogue in Tongan Methodist Teacher Development
  • Daniel Couch – MEd – New Zealand Education’s Progressive Origin: 1937 to 1944 – The Seven Years from Idea to Orthodoxy
  • Jason Peel – MEd –Sathya Sai education in human values: a school community's perspective.

Areas of expertise

  • Social studies education
  • Citizenship education

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • School of Critical Studies in Education Postgraduate Committee
  • Faculty of Education Teacher Education Sub-Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • McPhail, G., Rata, E., & Siteine, A. (2018). The changing nature of music education. In G. McPhail, V. Thorpe, S. Wise (Eds.) Educational Change and the Secondary School Music Curriculum in Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 74-92). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45375
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Graham McPhail, Elizabeth Rata
  • Siteine, A. R. (2018). Identity, Knowledge, and Curriculum: A Sociological Study of Ethnicity in New Zealand Education The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
  • Siilata, R., Samu, T. W., & Siteine, A. (2017). The Va‘atele framework: Redefining and transforming Pasifika education. In E. A. McKinley, L. T. Smith (Eds.) The handbook of indigenous education (pp. ). Singapore: Springer Nature. 10.1007/978-981-10-1839-8_34-1
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40290
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rae Si'ilata, Tanya Samu
  • Siteine, A. (2017). Recognising ethnic identity in the classroom: A New Zealand study. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 26 (4), 393-407. 10.1080/09620214.2016.1264869
  • Siteine, A. (2016). Research for public scholarship, professional practice: Educating for identity via the New Zealand school curriculum. Paper presented at American Education Research Association (AERA) 2016 Annual Meeting: Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies, Washington, DC, USA. 8 April - 12 April 2016.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40173
  • Samu, T. W., & Siteine, A. (2015). Challenging habits of mind: The representation of Pacific/Pasifika peoples in school resources in New Zealand. Paper presented at American Education Research Association (AERA) 2015 Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, USA. 16 April - 20 April 2015.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tanya Samu
  • Siteine, A., & Samu, T. (2015). Outsiders, insiders and decisions about knowledge: Responsive curriculum development, implementation and change in a Pacific nation – The example of Nauru. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2015, Chicago, Illinois, USA. 16 April - 20 April 2015. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tanya Samu
  • Siteine, A. (2015). Knowledge and identity in the school curriculum. Paper presented at The Third International Social Realism Symposium ; Knowledge in Education, Jesus College, University of Cambridge, UK. 29 June - 1 July 2015. Related URL.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 311B
New Zealand