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Dr Vince Ham eFellowship 2017

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Unuhia te pō, te pō whiri mārama, 

Tomokia te ao, te ao whatu tāngata, 

Tātai ki runga, tātai ki raro, tātai aho rau, 

Haumi e, hui e, 

Tāiki e.

Tēnei te reo pōhiri ki ngā muka tāngata katoa huri noa kia tono mai mō tēnei wānanga whakangugnu kaiako ki raro i te maru o Tātai Aho Rau o CORE Education.

Tātai Aho Rau is a concept that drives our professional practice at CORE Education. The principles and values also form a touchstone for the endeavours that CORE supports and promotes, including the Dr Vince Ham eFellowship. Tātai Aho Rau encapsulates four key elements: 

  • Whakapapa: research and innovation that connects ideas to practice.
  • Tikanga: research and innovation that has an element of reciprocity and sustains links between people/organisations.
  • Reo: research and innovation that is shared in places where it can be used and sustained in practice.
  • Wairua: research and innovation that is inclusive, encourages learning and critical reflection.

The Dr Vince Ham eFellowship offers a unique opportunity for professional development for innovative educators. The Dr Vince Ham eFellowship has been operating for 11 years on an annual basis. It involves up to six teachers in the early childhood, primary, and/or secondary sectors conducting an action research project with mentoring and financial support.  The Dr Vince Ham eFellowship is available to teachers working in New Zealand in either English or Māori Medium settings.

Louise TaylorLouise Taylor, Senior Researcher, leads the Dr Vince Ham eFellows programme

Action research, simply put, is a systematic approach to inquiry. As Carol Cardno (2003) says, “The term ‘action research’ creates the expectation that those involved will be researching a particular situation with the intention of taking action that will make a difference - that is, will bring about change or improvement. Furthermore, ‘action research’ implies that the project is ongoing, with the researcher building on initial work, generating further spiralling cycles of research and action to address new or emerging issues. Above all there is the expectation that the action researcher will be working with others.”

Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on social justice and equity and how everyday changes in practice can produce sustained and transformative change in education.

The Dr Vince Ham eFellowship is an invigorating and intellectually stimulating experience that aims to provide inspiration, thought leadership, and provocation. You’ll get to meet some like-minded educators — and have great fun!

Aims of the Dr Vince Ham eFellowship

  • Support educators to carry out action research for change.
  • Develop and extend the skills of teacher inquiry.
  • Foster reflection and critical thinking.
  • Support new approaches and innovative practices, particularly in contexts serving diverse learners.
  • Build a network of innovative educational practitioners.
  • Facilitate the dissemination of transformational practice.

What you will experience and receive

  • A programme which includes workshops, dialogue, reflection, guest speakers, field trips and networking.
  • Ongoing mentoring (virtually) from CORE’s research team to support your action research project.
  • Travel, meals and accommodation for five regional meetings.
  • Teacher release (TRD or equivalent funding) for attendance at regional meetings. These meetings are two or three days each.
  • Registration and accommodation for uLearn 2017.
  • Ongoing connections with CORE Education and networking opportunities beyond the programme itself.

Have a look at what past Dr Vince Ham eFellows thought of their experience:

What is expected of you


As you undertake your action research you will be expected to:

  • Attend all regional meetings at the scheduled times, including uLearn17 (October 2017, Rotorua).
  • Meet with your research mentor(s) as agreed.
  • Complete an action research project as agreed.
  • Present your research findings at uLearn17.
  • Share your Dr Vince Ham eFellows research and experience through EDtalks or Te Matapaki and the CORE Blog.
  • Bring your enthusiasm and your willingness to learn and embrace new ideas and thinking.
  • Take part in the excitement and fun of the Dr Vince Ham eFellowship!

Application process

Applications are now closed

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 26 September 2016.

CORE Education invites you to submit your application. If you have any questions, queries, or feedback about the application process, please contact Oceane Imber or Ann Hatherly.

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