Dr Adrienne 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. (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. (2012). Movement, embodiment, and creativity: Perspectives on the value of dance in early childhood education. In O. N. Saracho (Ed.) Contemporary perspectives on research in creativity in early childhood education. Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing.
  • 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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Diti Hill
  • Sansom, A. N. (2009). Mindful pedagogy in dance: Honoring the life of the child. Research in Dance Education, 10 (3), 161-176.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/11681
  • Sansom, A. N. (2009). Finding dance in Sylvia's classroom. Waikato Journal of Education, 14, 47-56.
  • Sansom, A. N. (2009). Dance and play: Paradox or partnership?. He Kupu: The Word, 2 (2), 31-41.
  • Sansom, A. N. (2008). The interrelationship between dance and the young child. In P. Smith (Ed.) The arts in education: critical perspectives from teacher educators (pp. 25-39). Auckland, NZ: Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland.

Contact details

Primary location

Level 1 , Room 102
New Zealand