Dr Adrienne Norma Sansom

PhD, MA, DipDance/DramaEd, HDipTchg, DipKTchg


Dr Adrienne Sansom is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy.

Research | Current

Adrienne's research interests are in the field of the arts in education, specifically dance and drama in early childhood and primary teacher education, and early years pedagogy.

Key areas associated are:

  • the role of the arts as critical pedagogy for the purposes of social democracy, social justice and social change
  • the place of embodied knowing in education as a relevant and authentic means of knowing and learning
  • Early years pedagogy as transformative, encompassing different ways of knowing.


Teaching | Current

  • Dance and Drama in the Early Years
  • The Arts in Early Childhood
  • Early Years Pedagogy (Postgraduate)
  • Arts Research: Innovative Practices (Postgraduate)
  • Minding the Body in Education (Postgraduate)

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • The University of Auckland Library Committee 
  • Faculty of Education, School of Curriculum & Pedagogy  Research Committee
  • Faculty of Education Graduate Diploma (ECE) Qualifications Committee

Contributions to professional community

Executive and Advisory roles (national)

  • Dance and the Child International (NZ) Treasurer

Executive and Advisory roles (international)

  • Chair Executive and Advisory Board Dance and the Child International
  • Past: Research Officer Executive and Advisory Board Dance and the Child International

Membership to professional committees/groups

  • Childforum
  • Dance and the Child International
  • Dancenet
  • DANZ
  • REANZ (Reggio Emila Aotearoa New Zealand)
  • Reggio Emilia Provocations
  • American Educational Studies Association (AESA)

Conference/Workshop/Forum organisation

  • The 12th Dance and the Child International Conference in conjunction with World Dance Alliance and Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan [in progress – conference to be held in July-August, 2012]

Conference/Workshop/Forum presentation/participation

  • ‘Dance and Movement as the Child’s Voice’: Return Too Infantastic (TRCC), Christchurch, 10 – 14 December 2007

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Sansom, A. N., & Pohio, L. (2015). Fresh winds and new horizons: Place-based experiences in early childhood. In J. Morgan (Ed.) The 21st century curriculum? (pp. 48-60). Auckland, New Zealand: Edify. Related URL.
  • Sansom, A. (2015). Reciprocal engagement in dance: Empowering encounters in New Zealand early childhood settings. In C. S. Nielsen, S. Burridge (Eds.) Dance education around the world: Perspectives on dance, young people and change (pp. 22-31). Oxon, UK: Routledge.
  • Rockel, J., & Sansom, A. N. (2015). The language of the body: Body wisdom in the first years. The first years : New Zealand journal of infant and toddler education = Ngā tau tuatahi, 17 (1), 11-16.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jean Rockel
  • Sansom, A., & Farquhar, S. L. (2014). Bodies revisited: 'Something about education makes us nervous'. In O'Connor P, K. Fitzpatrick (Eds.) Education and the body. Auckland, New Zealand: Edify. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sandy Farquhar
  • Sansom, A. N. (2013). Dance with connections to moving and playing in the early years. In B. Clark, A. Grey, L. Terreni (Eds.) Arts in early childhood education : kia tipu te wairua toi : fostering the creative spirit (pp. 100-112). Auckland: Pearson.
  • Sansom, A. N. (2013). Daring to Dance: Making a Case for the Place of Dance in Children's and Teachers' Lives within Early Childhood Settings. In F. McArdle, G. Boldt (Eds.) Young Children, Pedagogy and the Arts: Ways of Seeing (pp. 34-49). New York: Routledge.
  • Sansom, A. N. (2011). Movement and Dance in Young Children's Lives: Crossing the Divide (1st). New York, NY.: Peter Lang. Pages: 180.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12699
  • Hill, E. M. L., & Sansom, A. N. (2010). Indigenous knowledges and pedagogy: a bicultural approach to curriculum. In D. E. Chapman (Ed.) Examining social theory: Crossing borders/reflecting back (pp. 259-270). United States: Peter Lang Publishing.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/13066

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 130
New Zealand