Dr Rosina Merry - A lifelong commitment to ECE

Rosina is the Director Teaching, Learning and Research- Kaitohu Akoranga me Rangahou for Te Rito Maioha ECNZ. She has the overall responsibility for the oversight and management of academic strategy for undergraduate, graduate and post graduate programmes, and to manage the quality, compliance and national consistency of learning, teaching, and research delivery of ECNZ’s qualifications. 

Through her doctoral study, Rosina developed a conceptual model, which supports initial teacher education providers to understand how student teachers integrate digital technology into their teaching practice. She has a passion for e-learning with a particular focus on student engagement and lecturer presence. Rosina’s research interests include the use of technology in the delivery teacher education, language culture and identity in online learning spaces and integrated curriculum.

Rosina has been involved in a range of Government initiatives over a long period of time, including policy and curriculum development. She participated in the consultation process of the refresh of Te Whāriki the Early Childhood Curriculum and is currently a member of the Curriculum Voices Group who provide advice to the New Zealand Government of the on the National Refreshing New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) project due to be completed by the end of 2027. She is the current President of the Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ), on the Editorial Board of Brill publications and is a member of the Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ).

Rosina has a long history with Te Rito Maioha.  She began her first qualification in late 1990’s with the New Zealand Childcare Association which later became Te Tari Puna O Aotearoa New Zealand Childcare Association and is now Te Rito Maioha. From 1999 to 2008 Rosina was the National President of the Council of  Te Tari Puna O Aotearoa New Zealand Childcare Association (now Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood Education) and is currently a staff member.

She believes her experiences as a student, a member of the Governance Board and now a staff member have contributed to her commitment to life-long learning, a strong belief in equity, and the need for this to be actively created, as it does not happen without being fostered, especially in the area of teaching and learning online.