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Sophie Watson

Job Title: 
Kairangahau | Researcher

Sophie is a Researcher at NZCER. She has a background in secondary education as an outdoor, physical and health education teacher, and continues to support educators and schools by delivering professional learning. Sophie studied Outdoor Education and Sustainability at Ara Institute, graduating in 2008. She also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Sec) and a Master's in Education. Her previous research experience centers around gender equity in the outdoors and the use of Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Sophie's primary interest is in contributing to improved equitable outcomes for all students. She is particularly interested in exploring the ways in which student voice can be used in research to influence pedagogy and policy.

Sophie's research / interests include:

- Gender inclusive practices in the outdoors

-  Global citizenship education

- Student activism and agency

- Climate change and place-responsive pedagogies.

Research projects that I am currently leading: