Dr Rosemary Richards

Dr Rosemary Richards

Postgraduate Research Supervisor

Faculty of Health, Education and Environment

I am a principal academic staff member in postgraduate studies at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. I have current New Zealand teacher registration and have extensive experiences experience in initial and continuing teacher education, having also taught and researched at Australian and New Zealand Universities.

I currently teach adult education postgraduate courses and supervise Master’s students across a variety of professional fields. My Doctor of Philosophy research focused on young children’s art experiences. 

Participatory methodologies have underpinned my research projects including children’s drawing self-efficacy, young children’s perspectives on their art experiences, and international students’ experiences and adult education.

Qualifications 

Doctor of Philosophy; Master of Education (First Class Honours); Bachelor of Education;  Diploma in Teaching;  PNTC Diploma.  

Research Publications and Outputs

Journal articles

  • Richards, R. D. (2019). Valuing children’s explorations of their visual worlds – learning from example. International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal, 1, 1-17. Retrieved from http://artinearlychildhood.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/ARTEC_2019_Re…
  • Richards, R. D. (2018). Supporting young artists in making connections: Moving from mere recognition to perceptive art experiences. International Journal of Art & Design Education, 37(1), 137-148. doi:10.1111/jade.12187
  • Richards, R. D. (2018). Belonging in a family, being a girl and becoming a teenager and woman: exploring roles and identities through drawings. International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal, 1(1), 1-18. Retrieved from http://artinearlychildhood.org/journals/2018/ARTEC_2018_Research_Journa…
  • Richards, R. D. (2014). The Private and Public Worlds of Children's Spontaneous Art. Studies in Art Education, 55(2), 143-156. 
  • Richards, R. D. (2010). Narratives within narratives: One young Chinese-Australian boy’s exploration of ideas of difference, identity, and friendship through his drawings. Current Narratives, 1(2), 84-103. Retrieved from http://ro.uow.edu.au/currentnarratives/vol1/iss2/8
  • Richards, R. D. (2009). Building positive research relationships with young children. New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education, 12, 119-130. 
  • Richards, R. D. (2009). Young visual ethnographers: Children's use of digital photography to record, share and extend their art experiences. International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal, 1(1), Article 3. Retrieved from http://www.artinearlychildhood.org/artec/images/article/ARTEC_2009_Rese…
  • Richards, R. D. (2007). Outdated relics on hallowed ground: Unearthing attitudes and beliefs about young children's art. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 32(4), 22-30. 
  • Richards, R. D. (2007). Self-portraits of young children as art-makers. Proceedings of the Inaugural Postgraduate Research Conference - Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Doing Research 

Book

  • Richards, R. D. (2009). Jake just does scribbles but I do pictures: Drawing self-efficacy and the messages four- to nine-year-old children give and receive about their drawing. Koln, Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

Book Chapters

  • Richards, R. D., Emery, T., & France, L. (2020). Internationalisation of NZ tertiary education: Supporting international students' adjustments to learner-centred education In J. Fox, C. Alexander, T. Aspland & (Eds.), Teacher Education in Globalised Times (pp. 53-73). Singapore: Springer Nature.
  • Richards, R. D. (2019). Young children’s photography within collaborative research: Implications for research relationships. In I. Berson (Ed.), Participatory Methodologies to Elevate Children's Voice and Agency (pp. 315-337). USA: Information Age Publishing
  • Richards, R. D. (2018). Sensitive and supportive interactions: tuning into children’s requests for help during art-making. In C. M. Schulte & C. M. Thompson (Eds.), Communities of Practice: Art, Play, and Aesthetics in Early Childhood (pp. 93-116). New York; London: Springer International Publishing 
  • Richards, R. D. (2017). Young children’s use of drawings and storytelling to mediate complex worlds of cultural and linguistic diversity. In M. Narey (Ed.), Multimodal Perspectives of Language, Literacy, and Learning in Early Childhood: The Creative and Critical “Art” of Making Meaning (pp. 127-148). New York; London: Springer International Publishing.
  • Richards, R. D., & Terreni, L. (2013). Actively engaging through the visual arts: Recognising children’s artistic experiences and repertoires. In B. Clark, A. Grey & L. Terreni (Eds.), Kia tipu te wairua toi. Fostering the creative spirit through the arts in early childhood education. Auckland: Pearson New Zealand.

Conference presentations (>2011)

  • Richards, R. D. (2019). Children’s reimagined visual images - Copying or co-constructing Paper presented at the 8th International Art in Early Childhood Conference,   24 - 27 January, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand,. 
  • Richards, R. D. (2019). Supporting International tertiary students’ journeys from teacher-centred to learner-centred active learning. Paper presented at the Seminar on Vocational Teaching Reform  and Practice in China and New Zealand, 16 Oct 2019 Qingdao Technical College, Qingdao, China.
  • Richards, R. D. (2017). Narratives with narratives: Making sense of immigrant experiences through drawings and stories. Paper presented at the BIT's 4th Annual Global Congress of Knowledge Economy-2017, 19-21 September, Le Meridien Qingdoa Hotel, China.
  • Richards, R. D. (2016). A young immigrant child’s drawing‐stories and his quest to make sense of racial difference, identity and belonging. Paper presented at the 24th Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Conference  Wairakei Resort Taupo, New Zealand, 30 October - 3 November. 
  • Richards, R. D. (2015). Understanding and supporting young children’s spontaneous art as meaning making. Paper presented at the 15th CENDI "Neuroscience, Early Childhood Development and pedagogical arts", Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, October 15-17
  • Richards, R. D. (2014). Positive and powerful art experiences: understanding young children’s artistic-esthetic experiences from Deweyan perspectives Paper presented at the AARE-NZARE, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia, 30 November - 4 December.
  • Richards, R. D. (2014). Lending a helping hand: Lessons to be learnt from young children's home-based art experiences. Paper presented at the 34th World Congress of the International Society for Education through Art, July 8-12 Melbourne.
  • Richards, R. D. (2013). Belonging in a family, being a girl, becoming a woman: Exploration of gender identity through drawings. Paper presented at the Napier Kindergarten Association's Teacher Conference: Visual Arts / A Kanohi Toi, Napier, New Zealand. 30 September - 1 October. 
  • Richards, R. D. (2013). Girl power: Exploring gender identity through art. Paper presented at the 5th International Art in Early Childhood Conference The University of Cyprus, Nicosia. 7-9 June. 
  • Richards, R. D. (2012). The private and public worlds of children’s spontaneous art. Paper presented at the Institute for Early Childhood Studies Autumn Research Seminar, 26 May, Victoria University, Karori, Wellington.
  • Richards, R. D. (2011). Being 'quick to make it up' - the serious business of young children's spontaneous art. Paper presented at the 4th International Art in Early Childhood Conference, 6-8 June, University of Toledo, Ohio. 
  • Richards, R. D. (2011). Children’s photography within collaborative research: Implications for research relationships Paper presented at the 4th International Art in Early Childhood Conference, 6-8 June, University of Toledo, Ohio.

Higher Degree Research Supervision Completions 

  • Arumugam, S. K. (2020). An investigation into techniques for teaching and promoting student engagement as reported by teachers of adult refugees. (Masters of Applied Professional Studies – Adult Teaching dissertation), Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, New Zealand.  
  • Francis, A. (2020). An investigation into the tertiary students’ perceptions on the effects of part time employment on their academic performance and experiences as full-time students. (Masters of Applied Professional Studies - Mentoring and Leadership dissertation), Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, New Zealand.  
  • Suryavanshi, L. C. (2020). An investigation into international graduate and postgraduate students’ experiences of New Zealand tertiary education as contrasted with their experience in tertiary education in their home country. (Masters of Applied Professional Studies – Adult Teaching dissertation), Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, New Zealand.   
  • Kaur, M. (2019). Domestic students’ attitudes and experiences of learning alongside international students in a tertiary institute. (Masters of Applied Professional Studies – Adult Teaching, Dissertation), Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, New Zealand.   
  • Lucero, M. V. (2019). Philippine coconut farmer co-operatives: perceptions of co-operators on the success and failure factors of their cooperatives. (Masters of Applied Professional Studies – Mentoring and Leadership, Dissertation), Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, New Zealand.   
  • Wheatley, J. (2019). How well do our hospitals 'scrub up'? Discussing how ‘clean’ is performed and measured with infection prevention and control nurses in New Zealand. (Masters of Applied Professional Studies – Infection prevention and Control, Dissertation), Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, New Zealand.  
  • Brown, R. (2018). An autoethnographic exploration of parental bereavement: Implications for professional and volunteer support networks. (Masters of Applied Professional Studies - Vulnerable Peoples, Dissertation), Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, New Zealand.   
  • Kaur, N. (2018). International students’ challenges and adjustments when studying in New Zealand tertiary institute: A qualitative analysis. (Masters of Applied Professional Studies – Adult Teaching, Dissertation), Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, New Zealand.   
  • Syeda, M. F. (2018). Indian immigrant parents’ perceptions of their children’s experiences in New Zealand early childhood centres. (Masters of Applied Professional Studies – Adult Teaching, Dissertation), Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, New Zealand.   
  • Kaur, S. (2017). “I want my Mumma”: An investigation into strategies for settling children during morning transitions to an early childhood centre. (Masters of Teaching - Early Childhood Education, Research Project), Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology New Zealand.   
  • Toohey, J. (2016). “An angel’s just appeared and Mary looks kind of worried”: Children's interpretations of Christian artworks. (Master of Education - Research, Thesis), Australian Catholic University, Australia.  

Editorial Board Member

  • International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal
  • ecARTnz 

Editorial Reviewer

  • International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal
  • Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood 
  • Australasian Journal of Early Childhood 
  • New Zealand Association of Research in Education (NZARE)
  • New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education 
  • Waikato Journal of Education
  • Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE)