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PhD from Victoria University of Wellington.
Cathy joined NZCER is 1987. Her main research expertise is education policy and how it impacts learning, teaching, school leadership and more equal learning opportunities.
She led NZCER’s national school surveys from 1989 until recently. She has a leading role in the new research-based tool for schools focused on effective teaching and school practices, and school leadership: the Teaching and School Practices survey tool.
Cathy’s 2012 book, Vital Connections, makes a cogent case for system change to strengthen all our schools and counter uneven educational opportunities.
Her longitudinal study ‘Competent Learners’ provides important understanding about different trajectories of engagement and achievement in learning from early childhood education into early adulthood, and provides strong evidence of the importance of developing the national curriculum’s key competencies.
In 2014 Cathy was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education.
Cathy's current work includes:
- completing a report of the national 2019 picture from schools using the Teaching and School Practices survey tool
- a bibliography of the research on Scaling Up in education
She was a member of the Government’s Independent Taskforce to Review Tomorrow’s Schools, which published this report in December 2018.