Ms Maria Frances Perreau

MProfStud (Education), Grad Dip Tchg (Secondary), BA (Eng, Hist)

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


I operate as a teacher and researcher within a critical social theory frame. For over a decade I have sought to raise awareness, encourage and empower young people to take actions that address social justice issues. Most of these experiences were in the context of international schools where I taught English Literature at secondary level.  I returned to New Zealand in July 2013 to begin my masters study and was curious to find out more about the inclusion of social justice in the curriculum, what it looked like, how it was framed and how it was taught. I decided to find out what resources are available to aid teachers and senior students in their conceptual understanding of social justice.

Research | Current

I am interested in delving deep into the motivations and inspirations of young people taking transformative social action in their communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.  My doctoral study will provide insight about the lived experiences of the young social activists, as well as the processes and structures that they believe to be crucial in their social activist identity development.

Teaching | Current

EDUC 321 Politics, Philosophy and Education

Areas of expertise

Critical Studies in Education

Social justice

Social studies



Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Perreau, M., & Kingsbury, L. (2017). The Anzac Iliad: Early New Zealand School Journals and the development of the citizen-child in the new dominion. Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, 16 (3), 157-173. 10.1177/2047173417743032
  • Perreau, M. (2017). Liberalism - a personal reflection. In C. Mutch, J. Tatebe (Eds.) Understanding enduring ideas in education: A response to those who 'just want to be a teacher' (pp. 63-66). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press. Related URL.
  • Mutch, C., Perreau, M., Houliston, B., & Tatebe, J. (2016). Teaching social studies for social justice: Social action is more than just 'doing stuff'. In M. Harcourt, A. Milligan, B. Wood (Eds.) Teaching social studies for critical, active citizenship in Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 82-101). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Tatebe, Carol Mutch, Bronwyn Houliston
  • Perreau, M. (2015). Examining resources for and about social justice in senior social studies. Curriculum Matters, 11, 10-30. 10.18296/cm.0002
  • Perreau, M. F. (2014). Resources for and about social justice in senior social studies: conceptions and disparities The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 313
New Zealand