Ms Jacoba Jacqueline Matapo
BEd ECE (teaching), MEdL
Jacoba is of Samoan Dutch heritage, born and raised in Aoteroa/New Zealand. Jacoba’s passion for Pasifika education has stemmed from personal experiences as a Pasifika navigating cultural, political, and social tensions in her education journey. Jacoba has traversed a range of leadership roles in her professional career, including centre management positions in early childhood education and program leadership in tertiary teacher education. Jacoba’s love for learning and community engagement has supported her work in research through arts based practices in early childhood education to Pasifika leadership and pedagogy. Jacoba's current doctoral research locates her work within diasporic multiplicities, attempting to re-imagine Pasifika leadership as a cultural and collective political act.
Research | Current
Jacoba's research engages in a postcolonial, posthuman critique of Pasifika education research. From a strengths-based position, her research centres Pacific indigenous philosophy with posthuman theory to re-imagine Pacific subjectivity in Pasifika education. Her focus in Pacific philosophy calls into question tensions of normativity and teleological ethics in research practice and processes. As a Samoan/Dutch Pasifika academic her personal and professional experiences in educational leadership across education (early childhood education to tertiary) locates her work within diasporic multiplicities, to engage rigorously in Pacific indigenous knowledge systems to reconceptualise notions of Pasifika success in education from a decolonising agenda. Jacoba has presented her research both nationally and internationally, problematising constructions of arts practice in early childhood education.
Teaching | Current
- EDCURRIC112- Hauora in Early Childhood Education
- EDPROFPK 102- Pe mafai vefea e ki tatou oi tamaiti aoga Pasifika - Learning in Pasifika Contexts
- EDCURRPK 211- Gagana ma lana matafaioi - Language and Literacies
- EDUC 321- Politics, Philosophy and Education
- EDCURRPK 116- Lafilafiaga Tau Tufuga Pasifika - Integrating Pasifika Arts
- DCURRPK 353- Su'esu'ega loloto i le faaaogaina o gagana - Critical Investigation in the Role of Pacific Languages in Education
- EDPROFST 313- The Professional Teacher
- EDPROFST 204- Te Whariki for Diverse Learners
- EDPROFST 214 - Assessment for Learning and Teaching
- Pei, Y, F. (2020). A study of early childhood teacher literacy pedagogy: Engaging young children with EAL. Unpublished Master dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment for the requirements for the degree of Master of Education at The University of Auckland
Co-Supervisor with Dr Rae Si'ilata
- Dyke, D. (2019). See me, know me, believe in me: Reimagining Pasifika student success as Pasifika in visual arts. Unpublished Master dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment for the requirements for the degree of Master of Education at The University of Auckland
Co-Supervisor with MS Manutai Leaupepe
- Wang, A. (2018). Chinese teacher’s views and experiences of children’s social development in early childhood educational settings in China. Unpublished Master thesis submitted in partial fulfilment for the requirements for the degree of Master of Education at The University of Auckland
Co-Supervisor with Dr Jo Howse
- Dada, R. (2015). Personalised learning: perceptions of curriculum leaders and mathematics teachers in a secondary school classroom. Unpublished thesis submitted in partial fulfilment for the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership and Management at Unitec Institute of Technology.
Co-Supervisor with Dr Beverly Clark
- Turton, L, M. (2015). Arts-based conversations: An enquiry into early childhood visual arts pedagogy. Unpublished thesis submitted in partial fulfilment for the requirements for the degree of Master of Education at Unitec Institute of Technology.
Masters in Educational Leadership - Awarded Distinction (2010), Auckland University of Technology.
- Director and coordinator for EDPROFPK 102- Pe mafai vefea e ki tatou oi tamaiti aoga Pasifika - Learning in Pasifika Contexts
- Director and coordinator for EDCURRPK 211- Gagana ma lana matafaioi - Language and Literacies
- Director and coordinator for EDCURRPK 116- Lafilafiaga Tau Tufuga Pasifika - Integrating Pasifika Arts
- Director and coordinator for DCURRPK 353- Su'esu'ega loloto i le faaaogaina o gagana - Critical Investigation in the Role of Pacific Languages in Education
- Professional Supervisor - Student practicum supervision (Early Childhood Education)
Areas of expertise
- Philosophy of Education
- Pasifika prespectives in early childhood education and leadership
- Performing arts in early childhood education
- Early childhood education pedagogy
- Pasifika research methodology
- Poststructural theory
- Kainga Pasifika Chair, Faculty of Education and Social Work
- New Zealand Journal of Education Studies (NZJES) Editorial board member
- Member of Samoan Aoga Amata in Aotearoa Association (SAASIA)
- Member of Organisation Mondiale pour l’Education Prescolaire Auckland Chapter (OMEP)
- Education Council New Zealand (full registered teacher and mentor)
- Member of NZARE Pasifika Association
- Executive member of (NZEALS) New Zealand Educational and Administration Leadership Society.
- Member of (PESA) Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Enari, D., & Matapo, J. (2020). The digital vā: Pasifika education during the Covid-19 pandemic. MAI Journal, 9 (4), 7-11. 10.20507/MAIJournal.2020.9.4.2
- Matapo, J., & Baice, T. (2020). The art of wayfinding Pasifika success. MAI Journal, 9 (1), 26-37. 10.20507/MAIJournal.2020.9.1.4
- Matapo, J., & Teisina, J. (2020). Reimagining teacher subjectivity in Pacific early childhood education in New Zealand. Policy Futures in Education, online first10.1177/1478210320960890
- Martin, B., Stewart, G., Watson, B. K., Silva, O. K., Teisina, J., Matapo, J., & Mika, C. (2019). Situating decolonization: An Indigenous dilemma. EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY AND THEORY10.1080/00131857.2019.1652164
- Li, AM-C, Gaffney, J. S., Sansom, A. N., & Matapo, J. (2019). An Aotearoa New Zealand perspective on inclusive early childhood education. In S. Acar, H. Hix-Small, T. McLaughlin (Eds.) International perspectives on early intervention, early childhood special education (pp. 47-62). Washington, DC, USA: Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children. Related URL.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janet Gaffney
- Mutch, C., Latai, L., & Matapo, J. (Eds.) (2019). Talanoa Fogafala : Hear our Voices. Auckland, New Zealand: Te Whakatere au pāpori Navigating Social Currents Research Unit, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland. Pages: 96.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Carol Mutch
- Matapo, J. (2018). Traversing Pasifika education research in a post-truth era. Waikato Journal of Education = Te hautaka matauranga o Waikato, 23 (1), 139-146. 10.15663/wje.v23i1.627
- Toso, V. M., & Matapo, J. (2018). O le tātou itulagi i totonu o Aotearoa: Our life-worlds within New Zealand. The first years : New Zealand journal of infant and toddler education = Ngā tau tuatahi, 20 (1), 3-5. Related URL.