Dr Esther Mary Fitzpatrick
Diploma of Teaching (Primary) - Waikato Teachers College B.Ed (Education and Geography) - Waikato University Post-Graduate Diploma in Education - The University of Auckland 2011 M Ed (Hons) – The University of Auckland 2016 PhD The University of Auckland
Esther is a Lecturer in the School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice and a Co-Director of the Narrative and Metaphor Special Interest Network.
Previous professional experience
- Hostel Manager/Counsellor for youth
- Primary Teacher, Years 0 to 8 (Musselburgh;Dunedin, Maungawhau; Auckland, Titirangi; Auckland, Henderson Central; Auckland)
- Preschool Manager: Royal Oak preschool; Auckland
- Lecturer: Centre for Professional Inquiry; Auckland College of Education
Research | Current
Process drama as an effective pedagogical tool.
Critical Methodologies: Narrative Inquiry, A/r/tography, Duoethnography, Autoethnography, Performance Ethnography, Poetry, Visual, Creative writing.
Postcolonial white identities
Teaching | Current
Reflective, quality teaching and learning
Diversity and Ethnicity
Culturally responsive pedagogy
Virginia Sampson – MEd: Drama pedagogy and enhancement of student motivation
Jocelyn Hair - MEd: Emotion in Learning. A literature review exploring the role of emotion in adult learning.
Mihaela Enache - MEd: Early childhood teachers cultural autobiographies as means of cultural engagement in early childhood centres.
Desiree McNie - MEd:What does the literature say about emotion in teaching and why is it important for leaders of educational initiatives in schools to consider?
Julie Brien - MEd: Stitching lives together: Developing an understanding of Pakeha practice, pedagogy and philosophy in culturally responsive secondary classrooms.
Gurdev Kaur - MEd: Leadership opportunities and immigrant women of colour in New Zealand: Opportunities and barriers for immigrant women of colour in educational leadership.
Colette Clarke - MEd: Adapting teaching practice to support students self regulation in writing.
Anna Taylor - MEd: Autoethnography and the differing perceptions of learning conversations between preservice teachers and their mentors.
Dave Wileman - MEd: What is the importance of basic facts and multiplicative thinking in mathematics achievement?
Areas of expertise
CAE: Critical Autoethnography group (International research group - committee member)
CEAD: Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines (International research group - committee member)
NAMSIN: Narrative and Metaphor Special Interest Network (Co-director)
CRUAT: Critical Research Unit in Applied Theatre (The University of Auckland - committee member)
CLeaR Fellowhip: Writing, writing everywhere 2017
University Committees served on:
- Faculty of Education: Bachelor of Education (Teaching) First Year Coordinators Commitee
- Faculty of Education: Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Qualification Committee
- School Identity Project
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Fitzpatrick, E., & Bell, A. (2016). Summoning up the Ghost with Needle and Thread. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 5 (2), 6-29. 10.1525/dcqr.2016.5.2.6
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Avril Bell
- Heyward, P., & Fitzpatrick, E. (2015). Speaking to the Ghost: An autoethnographic journey with Elwyn. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 1-14. 10.1080/00131857.2015.1100976
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Paul Heyward
- Fitzpatrick, E. M. (2015). It’s a tricky business: Performing poetry with the Ghost. In M. Anderson, O'Connor P (Eds.) Applied Theatre: Research: Radical departures (pp. 207-225). London: Bloomsbury Publishing. Related URL.
- Fitzpatrick, E. (2015). Learning to live. Journal of Educational Enquiry, 14 (1), 49-51.
- Fitzpatrick, E. (2014). Embodiment and education. In O'Connor P, K. Fitzpatrick (Eds.) Education and the body (pp. 127-138). Auckland, New Zealand: Edify Ltd..
- Fitzpatrick, E., & Fitzpatrick, K. (2014). Disturbing the divide: Poetry as improvisation to disorder power relationships in research supervision. Qualitative Inquiry10.1177/1077800414542692
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Katie Fitzpatrick
- Fitzpatrick, E. (2014). A conversation with Steinbeck: finding my way to postcritical ethnography. In J. Rath, C. Mutch (Eds.) Emerging critical scholarship in education: Navigating the doctoral journey. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.
- Fitzpatrick, E., & Rubie-Davies, C. M. (2013). Entangled Identities: Drama as a method of inquiry. The Journal of Drama Education and Theatre in Asia, 4 (1), 25-48. Related URL.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christine Rubie-Davies