Professor Stuart McNaughton

PhD, MA 1st Class Honours (in Education), BA


Professor Stuart McNaughton is in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education and is also Director of the Woolf Fisher Research Centre.

Research | Current

My programme of research has several strands. It includes work on the development of a psychological model of socialisation (incorporating concepts of teaching, learning and development) applicable to informal and formal educational settings which provides a means of analysing development within and across settings. Associated with this is the demonstration through research applications of ways of incorporating cultural processes in research tools and in explanations of teaching, learning and development. These applications contribute to solutions to a long standing difficulty in developmental and educational psychology, explaining the role of culture in teaching and learning. The programme involves systematic applications of these concepts to areas of educational concern, specifically literacy instruction and language acquisition, and the identification and testing of specific properties of instruction in procedures designed to enhance teaching and learning. The programme contributes also to the development of more effective and equitable education. In addition to specific instructional procedures, recent work includes the development of assessment tools for language and literacy applicable to both English medium and Maori medium instruction in New Zealand, and in English medium instruction in other countries.

My current position includes being a Director of the Woolf Fisher Research Centre which opened in October 1998. This is an externally funded centre developing research-based educational programmes in communities with low resources in South Auckland. I lead a research team (of colleagues, post doctoral and doctoral students) in studies of effective educational interventions for schooling success. The centre has a focus on Maori and Pacific Islands children’s educational achievement.


  • Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Membership of Professional Associations

  • New Zealand Psychological Society
    Member 1974-1998; Awards Committee (Council) 1983
  • New Zealand Association for Research in Education 1979 – present
    President 1993 – 1995
    Council Member 1991 - 1997
  • American Educational Research Association
    Member 1998 – to present
  • American Psychological Association
    Foreign Affiliate 1976 - to present
  • International Reading Association
    Member 2003-present
  • Society for Research in Child Development
    Member 1976 - to present

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Lai, M. K., & McNaughton, S. (2016). The impact of data use professional development on student achievement. Teaching and Teacher Education, 60, 434-443. 10.1016/j.tate.2016.07.005
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mei Lai
  • Wilson, A., Madjar, I., & McNaughton, S. (2016). Opportunity to learn about disciplinary literacy in senior secondary English classrooms in New Zealand. The Curriculum Journal, 27 (2), 204-228. 10.1080/09585176.2015.1134339
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Aaron Wilson
  • Glasswell, K., Singh, P., & McNaughton, S. (2016). Partners in design: Co-inquiry for quality teaching in disadvantaged schools. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 2016 (FEB).
  • Reese, E., Ballard, E., Taumoepeau, M., Taumoefolau, M., Morton, S. B., Grant, C., ... Mohal, J. (2015). Estimating language skills in Samoan- and Tongan-speaking children growing up in New Zealand. First Language, 35 (4-5), 407-427. 10.1177/0142723715596099
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Melenaite Taumoefolau, Susan Morton, Cameron Grant
  • Shan, C., Zhang, L. J., & McNaughton, S. (14/7/2015). Relational analysis of Chinese university EFL teachers’ personal epistemology and subject matter teaching beliefs. Poster presented at 17th Biennial Conference of the International Study Association of Teachers and Teaching (ISATT), Auckland. New Zealand. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lawrence Zhang
  • Jesson, R., McNaughton, S., & Wilson, A. (2015). Raising literacy levels using digital learning: a design-based approach in New Zealand. Curriculum Journal10.1080/09585176.2015.1045535
  • Jesson, R., McNaughton, S., & Wilson, A. (2015). Raising literacy levels using digital learning: a design-based approach in New Zealand. The Curriculum Journal, 26 (2), 198-223. 10.1080/09585176.2015.1045535
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rebecca Jesson
  • Meyer, F., Meissel, K., & McNaughton, S. (2015). Patterns of literacy learning in German primary schools over the summer and the influence of home literacy practices. Journal of Research in Reading, n/a-n/a. 10.1111/1467-9817.12061
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kane Meissel, Frauke Meyer

Contact details

Primary location

Level 4, Room 435
New Zealand