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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:29 by NZTecAdmin

Diana Coben

Professor of Education, Faculty of Education

Diana Coben has joined the University of Waikato from the UK, where she was Professor of Adult Numeracy at King’s College London.

Over her career she has researched, undertaken consultancy, taught and published internationally in the fields of: adult numeracy education; the politics of adult education from an international comparative perspective; and the professional development of adult educators. She was a founder-member of the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) (www.nrdc.org.uk), part of the UK government’s Skills for Life strategy to improve adult literacy and numeracy in England, and Founding Chair of Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM) (www.alm- online.net), an international research forum bringing together researchers and practitioners in order to promote the learning of numeracy by adults. Her research on the education of adults and adult numeracy in particular encompasses work on financial capability, numeracy for nursing, employability, using new technologies in teaching and effective teaching and learning.

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Niki McCartney
B.Ed, Dip Tchg., Dip TEFLA, M.Phil (Business)

Associate Director

Niki  is responsible for the literacy and numeracy professional development programme provided to the tertiary sector. In terms of effective professional development, Niki is interested in how tutors can model the quality of learning they would like from their learners in education organisations and in the workplace. Her research interests include effective adult education approaches, measuring professional development impacts for educators and evidence of impact for learners' literacy and numeracy practices.

Niki has postgraduate studies in international and comparative education from Columbia University, and an MPhil thesis in workplace literacy outcomes and benefits.


Annette van Lamoen
MEd, PGDipLangLitEd, BEd, BA.

Centre Manager

Annette trained as a secondary school English teacher and has over twenty years of teaching experience, both in New Zealand and overseas. She has been involved in teaching intensive and workplace literacy and numeracy, English and ESOL. 
She has a rich background in adult literacy and numeracy education, including the professional development of educators. She has a particular research interest in dyslexia and other learning differences.



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