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Helen Wrightson

Senior Lecturer
School of Community Studies
Location: Building 112, Room 3017


Probine, S., Heta-Lensen, Y., Wrightson, H., Perry, J., Burke, R., & Whitley, K. (2021). Inquiry-based project learning in early childhood: Time to develop localised understanding of this pedagogical approach. Rangahau Horonuku Hou New Research Landscapes.Unitec & Manukau Institute of Technology, Te Whare Wananga o Wairaka Unitec Institute o Technology.

Heta-Lensen, Yo., & Wrightson, Helen. (2019). Toi tū te whenua: A study of Māori visual arts as dialogue with Papatūānuku. 8th International Art in Early Childhood Conference, Victoria University of Wellington.

Heta-Lensen, Y., & Wrightson, H. (2018). Ko te whānau te toa o te tangata, ko te tangata te toa o te whānau. (The whānau is the strength of the individual, the individual is the strength of the whānau). Celebrating Northland's Tamariki, Kamo High School, Whangarei.

Heta-Lensen, Y., & Wrightson, H. (2018). He kaiako ahau - Connecting self to teaching. ECE Innovation: Curriculum for today and tomorrow Aronga whanokē kōhungahunga: Te marautanga ā kō ake nei. Te Rito Maioha Conference. Early Childhood New Zealand. Waipuna Lodge, Mt Wellington, Auckland.

Heta-Lensen, Yo., & Wrightson, Helen. (2017). Ko tōku whānau tēnei: A whakapapa based approach to building community in mainstream ECE. Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand 54th Annual Conference 'Nature-based ECE Vibrant and Vital! Te Kōhungahunga pūtake taiao, he ngākau hihiko', Waipuna Lodge, Auckland.

Turton, L., & Wrightson, H. (2017). Challenging positional authority: Navigating leadership as collaboration. He Kupu. The Word (Vol. 5 (1)).

Wrightson, H., & Turton, L. (2016). Challenging positional authority: Navigating leadership as collaboration. New Zealand Tertiary College Symposium: ECE Leadership in our times, Auckland, New Zealand.

Wrightson, H., & Plows, J. (2015). Surfing and negotiating the waves of change in visual art education. 11th Early Childhood Convention, Rotorua Energy Events Centre, Rotorua, New Zealand.

Plows, J., and Wrightson, H. (2014). Visual art presentation: Fostering competence and confidence. Auckland Branch, Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa / New Zealand Childcare Association. Manukau, Auckland. Auckland.

Wrightson, H. (2014). The see-saw of visual arts in early childhood education: Are we up, down or somewhere in-between? 34th World Congress of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA 2014), Melbourne, Australia. N/A.

Wrightson, H.R., and Plows, J. (2013). Visual arts education: Provoking learning conversations. Presented at the Tamaki Makaurau Early Childhood Teacher Education Providers Network. The 6th Symposium for Early Childhood Associate Teachers, April 20, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

Wrightson, H.R., and Heta-Lensen, Y. (2013). Nga taonga tuku iho - Maori visual arts and cultural fusion: studying authentic engagement. 978-1-4425-6272-1.

Wrightson, H.R., and Plows, J. (2012). Nga toi:Capturing the child's imagination in the web of early childhood visual art experiences. .

Wrightson, H., and Turton, L. (2011). Teachers and learners - why an early childhood visual arts programme? Unitec Research Symposium, Auckland.

Wrightson, H.R. (2011). Embarking on a journey - exploring the finer detail and spaces in-between. .

Plows, J., and Wrightson, H. (2010). Visual arts as a valuable play experience for young children under five years. Hospital Play Specialists Association of Aotearoa/New Zealand. 5th International Pacific Rim Conference.

Wrightson, H.R. (2010). Celebrating Northland's Tamariki. The power of observation. Kamo College, Whangarei.

Wrightson, H.R. (2009). Children's drawings. Exploring the teachers' role. Early Education (Vol. 26).

Wrightson, H., Davitt, G., Plows, J., and Taylor, G. (2009). It's not just scribble - recognising the merits of mark making! Sky City, Auckland.

Wrightson, H. (2009). Exploring the teacher's role in children's drawing. Presentation for OMEP's Auckland Chapter. Newmarket, Auckland.

Taylor, G., and Wrightson, H. (2008). Goal setting, motivation and achievement. Christchurch.

Wrightson, H., and Taylor, G. (2008). Education for a sustainable future - working collaboratively with our city council. Christchurch.

Sexton, T., and Wrightson, H. (2008). Te Kai a te Rangatira. Fuel Professional Development Workshop. Science Workshop. Newmarket, Auckland.

Wrightson, H. (2008). How do teachers view their role in supporting young children to construct meaning, communicate understanding and develop their sense of identity when drawing? Or are drawings just regarded as 'another lovely artwork'? Massey Univeristy, Palmerston North.