Ms Jacinta Lucia Oldehaver

Dip tchg, BED (Teaching), Post Grad Diploma (Merit), MEd (hons)


Jacinta is of Tongan/Samoan/German descent who has over 15 years’ experience as a classroom teacher in the primary sector where she held middle leadership roles in charge of a large syndicate of teachers, and leading literacy, health and physical education. Jacinta has worked on multiple research projects at the Woolf Fisher Research Centre which include research on NZCER Tertiary Education Strategy Frameworks; Manaiakalani Innovation and Evaluation and Outreach; Curriculum support materials research programme; SEPTA Digital learning project.

Research | Current

Jacinta was a key researcher on a two year pilot project in low decile secondary schools that explored patterns of ‘talk about text’ between teachers and students across subject areas in Years 11 to13.

Jacinta is also the PLD Literacy Facilitator for PLSLP (Pacific Literacy & School Leadership Project) a regional project across 3 island nations, Tonga, Cook Islands and Solomon Islands, funded by NZMFAT (New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade)  in partnership with University of South Pacific and Ministries of Education in all 3 countries. She is also a researcher in the Developing in Digital Worlds project funded by Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment (MBIE).

Jacinta’s doctoral study seeks to investigate patterns of dialogic talk in primary schools with high numbers of Pacific students in Aotearoa.

Teaching | Current

EDCURRIC 625: Maths and Literacy 1

EDCURRIC 626: Maths and Literacy 2

EDCURRIC 202: Language and Literacy Education Primary 2

EDCURRIC 109: Language and Literacies Education Primary 1

EDCURRIC 622 Arts, Languages and Literacies Education 2

Postgraduate supervision

Currently engaged in her PHd. under the supervision of Professor Stuart McNaughton and Dr Rebecca Jesson.


Marie Clay Literacy Scholarship (2018)

Oceania Comparative & International Education Society (OCIES) Emerging Scholar Award (2017)

MEd (Hons), University of Auckland (2013)

Post Graduate Diploma –Education (Merit) University of Auckland (2012)


PLD Facilitator & Researcher, Woolf Fisher Research Centre

Areas of expertise

Primary Literacy Specialist

Dialogic teaching

Classroom discourse analysis 



Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member of ADEN - The Auckland Dialogic Education Network

Member of Kainga Pasifika – The University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work (2016-present)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Rosedale, N. A., McNaughton, S., Jesson, R. N., Zhu, T., & Oldehaver, J. (2019). Online written argumentation: Developmental features and classroom instruction. In E. Manalo (Ed.) Deeper Learning, Communicative Competence, and Critical Thinking: Innovative, Research-Based Strategies for Development in 21st Century Classrooms (pp. 263-278). London, UK: Routledge. 10.4324/9780429323058-16
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Naomi Rosedale, Stuart McNaughton, Rebecca Jesson
  • Oldehaver, J. L. (2018). Developing a ‘culturally validated’ dialogic indicator tool: A reconceptualised analytical framework using talanoa to code classroom talk. Waikato Journal of Education, 23 (1), 25-41. 10.15663/wje.v23i1.617
  • Wilson, A., & Oldehaver, J. (2017). Talking about text: Changing patterns of discourse in low-decile secondary classrooms. New Zealand: TLRI Research.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Aaron Wilson
  • Wilson, A., & Oldehaver, J. (2017). A pilot project to promote talk about text in senior secondary classrooms. Literacy Forum NZ, 32 (2), 14-22.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Aaron Wilson
  • Wilson, A. J., & Oldehaver, J. (2015). Talking about text: Changing patterns of discourse in low-decile secondary. Paper presented at New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference 2015: Te Toroa Titiro tawhiti/ Emancipation Through Education, Whakatane. 17 November - 20 November 2015. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Aaron Wilson

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 6, Room 604
New Zealand