Esther Yao

BA(Hons) with First Class Honours (Auckland)

Biography

Esther is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education and Social Work’s School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice. Her doctoral thesis investigates the methodological complexities and associated implications of ethnicity measurement in social science research. Prior to her PhD, Esther worked as a research assistant in the School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice where she was primarily involved in research in educational psychology.

Research | Current

PhD topic: The operationalisation of ethnicity in quantitative social science research

This research empirically investigates the effects that methodological decisions around the construction of “ethnicity” as a variable have on statistical analyses in the social sciences in increasingly ethnically diverse age cohorts. It utilises survey data from two nationally representative studies in Aotearoa-New Zealand: the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal birth cohort study and the Youth2000 national youth health and wellbeing survey series.

Distinctions/Honours

  • University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship, University of Auckland, 2016
  • Faculty of Arts Masters/Honours Scholarship, University of Auckland, 2013
  • Summer Research Scholarship, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland, 2012

Areas of expertise

  • Educational and developmental psychology
  • Adolescent development
  • Ethnicity and culture
  • Quantitative methods

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Meissel, K., Meyer, F., Yao, E., & Rubie-Davies, C. (2017). Subjectivity in Overall Teacher Judgments: Exploring student characteristics that influence OTJs. Paper presented at NZARE conference, Hamilton, New Zealand. 20 November - 22 November 2017.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frauke Meyer, Kane Meissel
  • Meissel, K., Meyer, F., Yao, E. S., & Rubie-Davies, C. M. (2017). Subjectivity of teacher judgments: Exploring student characteristics that influence teacher judgments of student ability. Teaching and Teacher Education, 65, 48-60. 10.1016/j.tate.2017.02.021
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33824
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kane Meissel, Frauke Meyer, Christine Rubie-Davies
  • Brown, G. T. L., Peterson, E. R., & Yao, E. S. (2016). Student conceptions of feedback: Impact on self-regulation, self-efficacy, and academic achievement. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 86 (4), 606-629. 10.1111/bjep.12126
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32014
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gavin Brown, Elizabeth Peterson
  • Meyer, F., Yao, E., & Meissel, K. (2016). Sources of Variability in Summer Learning in New Zealand. Paper presented at AERA 2016, Washington, D.C. , US. 8 April - 12 April 2016. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kane Meissel, Frauke Meyer
  • Meissel, K., Meyer, F., Yao, E., Rubie-Davies, C., Timperley, H., & Ell, F. (2015). Exploring student characteristics that influence teacher judgments of student ability. Paper presented at 16th Biennial EARLI (European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction) Conference, Limassol, Cyprus. 25 August - 29 August 2015.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christine Rubie-Davies, Kane Meissel, Frauke Meyer, Fiona Ell
  • Yao, E. S. W., Deane, K. L., & Bullen, P. (2015). Trends and transitions from secondary school: Insights from a boarding school for disadvantaged New Zealand youth. Journal of Youth Studies, 18 (10), 1347-1365. 10.1080/13676261.2015.1048202
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30245
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kelsey Deane, Pat Bullen

Contact details

Primary office location

H - BLOCK. EPSOM - Bldg 6EH
Level 3, Room 306
EPSOM CAMPUS 74 EPSOM AVE
EPSOM
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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