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Maureen Perkins

Academic Advisor
Te Puna Ako
Location: Building 110, Room L1


PGDip (Early Years Education) Massey., BEd (Tchg) (ECE) Auck., NZ Dip (Children's Literature) CCE, NZ Playcentre Federation Cert.

Professional memberships

Teacher Registration
Life member Auckland Playcentres Association


Maureen came to Unitec in September 2010 on a 1 year contract and is now a permanant menber of staff,  having previously been a part time visiting lecturer here at Unitec between 2001 and 2004. Maureen has worked as a lecturer in ECE at NZ Tertiary College (2010) and a part time lecturer at the University of Auckland (2005 and 2009) as well as being a tutor and course writer for the Auckland Playcentres Association between 1987 and 2005. She was also a facilitator, regional and national director on the Combined Universities’ Professional Development contract with the Ministry of Education for the implementation of Kei tua o te Pae between 2005 and 2010.

Maureen is particularly interested in curriculum, assessment and mathematics as well as the use of ICT and Web 2.0 by centres and teacher education providers.

Graduate supervision of completed theses/dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Maureen Perkins as Principal Supervisor

Singh, Pratika (2019). Early childhood teachers' perspectives of inclusive education in New Zealand (Master of Applied Practice)
Helmling, Lisa (2019). E-picture books : the perspectives of New Zealand parents and early childhood teachers on young children's use of e-picture books as an emergent literacy tool (Master of Education)

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Maureen Perkins as Associate Supervisor

Waugh, Maadi Dalgliesh (2019). Women's experiences of osteopathic care whilst living with endometriosis (Master of Osteopathy)


Haines, K., Delaporte, C., Perkins, M., Lovell, G., & Oldfield, J. (2019). Shifting practice? Exploring how teaching practice develops in new classroom spaces. Talking Teaching 2019, Diverse Learning: Inclusive Teaching, Unitec Institute of Technology.

Perkins, M.C. (2017). Photos in ECE Assessment. 10th Annual Auckland Associate Teachers Symposium, Manukau Institute of Technology.

Perkins, M. (2017). Cameras in early childhood settings: Preliminary findings from a small scale study. Early Education (Vol. 61).

Perkins, M.C., & Turton, L.M. (2016). Hanging out, playing, messing around: ePortfolios and mobile devices for teaching Early Childhood Education. Frielick, S. & Sciascia, A. D. Wellington, New Zealand (Vol. 1st Ed.).

Chan, A., & Perkins, M. (2015). Self-review processes: Using critical discourse analysis to improve practices in early childhood education settings. Early Childhood Folio (Vol. 19 (1)).

Oldfield, J., Perkins, M., Turton, L., McCurdy, D., & Gussey, A. (2014). #305 #NPF14LMD Unitec Institute of Technology Case Studies. Ascilite 2014 Rhetoric and reality, Dunedin.

Perkins, M. (2013). Gaps and contradictions in Kei Tua o te Pae: A critical discourse analysis. New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Eduucation.

Perkins, M. C. (2013). Book Review- The Te Whaariki Approach. Early Education.

Perkins, M. (2013). Spot the gaps in Kei Tua o te Pae : Challenging current assessment discourses. .

Perkins, M. (2013). The use of persuasion through Kei Tua o te Pae: Examining the unexamined. .