Dr Rena Heap

Biography

Dr Rena Heap holds degrees in science (majoring in human physiology) and education. Rena has been lecturing at the Faculty of Education since 2004. Prior to that, she enjoyed a teaching career across a wide range of levels and in a wide variety of schools throughout New Zealand.  At the Faculty of Education, Rena lectures primarily in science education and digital technologies, and through these courses teaches about innovative pedagogies, mobile learning and teacher education.  Her PhD research focus combined science education, teacher education and the use of digital technologies in tertiary education.

 

Teaching | Current

Key Teaching

  • EDCURRIC 720 Digital Enhancement
  • EDCURRIC 610 Science Education
  • EDCURRIC 635 Exploration
  • EDCURRIC 105 Science Education Primary
  • EDCURRIC 104 Primary Mathematics and Statistics Education 1
  • EDCURRIC 115 Science in the Early Years

Distinctions/Honours

  • 2016:  University of Auckland  CLeaR fellowship - Enhancing engagement through e-learning
  • 2015:  University of Auckland Women in Leadership
  • 2012:  Awarded Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award (Innovation in Teaching).
  • 2010:  Awarded National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award (Sustained Excellence).
  • 2008:  Awarded The University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award (Early Career).
  • 2008:  Awarded the Rae Munro Award from the New Zealand Association of Research in Education in recognition of thesis, ‘Myth busting and tenet building: Primary and early childhood teachers’ understanding of the nature of science’.

Responsibilities

  • Member, University of Auckland Ethics Committee.
  • Faculty of Education ethics advisor.
  • Member, Teaching and Learning Quality Committee, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy.
  • Writer for the Science Learning Hub, 2005-2012, funded by Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, then Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Tolosa, C., Heap, R., Ovens, A., & Garbett, D. (2017). Pedagogical Hesitations in a Mobile Technology Rich Learning Environment. A Self-Study of Redefining Expertise. In D. Garbett, A. Ovens (Eds.) (pp. 117-131). SPRINGER. 10.1007/978-3-319-39478-7_9
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Dawn Garbett, Alan Ovens, Constanza Tolosa
  • Garbett, D. L., Tolosa, C., Ovens, A., & Heap, R. (2016). Survivors’ oaths: Collaborating beyond survival memos. In D. Garbett, A. Ovens (Eds.) Enacting self-study as a methodology for professional inquiry (pp. 127-132). Herstmonceux, UK: Self-Study of Teacher Education [S-STEP] Practiices Community. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Dawn Garbett, Alan Ovens, Constanza Tolosa
  • Bigwood, K., Bruce, T., Heap, R., Leichtweis, S., Moyle, A., & Neveldsen, P. (2015). From Fantasy to Reality: Six Critical Success Factors for Integrating Mobile Devices in Higher Education. Paper presented at TERNZ 2015, AUT, Auckland, NZ. 25 November - 27 November 2015. From Fantasy to Reality: Six Critical Success Factors for Integrating Mobile Devices in Higher Education. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Toni Bruce, Steve Leichtweis, Paul Neveldsen
  • Anderson, E. E., Heap, R., & Hedges, H. (2015). Curriculum enacted: You can’t “Google” that. In J. Morgan (Ed.) The 21st Century Curriculum? (pp. 84-94). Auckland, NZ: Edify.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Anderson, Helen Hedges
  • Matthewman, S., Bowes, M., Burchill, D., Heap, R., & Tickner, S. (2015). The Digital Challenges to Curriculum Thinking. In J. Morgan (Ed.) The 21st Century Curriculum? (pp. 107-121). Auckland: Edify.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27901
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Margot Bowes, Denis Burchill, Sue Tickner, Sasha Matthewman
  • Ovens, A., Garbett, D., & Heap, R. (2015). Using assessment to enhance twenty-first century learning. In C. Koh (Ed.) Motivation, leadership and curriculum design: Engaging the net generation and 21st century learners (pp. 173-183). New York: Springer. 10.1007/978-981-287-230-2_14
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Dawn Garbett, Alan Ovens
  • Garbett, D., Ovens, A., Heap, R., & Tolosa, C. (2014). Self-study, technology and teacher education pedagogies - strange bedfellows?. Paper presented at The Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference, Brisbane. 30 November - 4 December 2014. Speaking back through research.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Dawn Garbett, Constanza Tolosa
  • Garbett, D., Heap, R., Ovens, A., & Tolosa, C. (2014). Three things we didn’t know about using mobile technology before we started. Paper presented at Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Conference 2014, Auckland, New Zealand. 26 November - 28 November 2014. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Dawn Garbett, Constanza Tolosa

Contact details

Primary location

A - BLOCK EPSOM - Bldg 6EA
Level 2, Room 204
EPSOM CAMPUS, 74 EPSOM AVE
EPSOM
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand