Professor Martin Thrupp

Martin Thrupp
Dean's Office
Head of School - Te Whiringa School of Educational Leadership and Policy

Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research
Research Professor

Te Whiringa School of Educational Leadership and Policy
Head of School

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Doctor of PhilosophyVictoria University of Wellington
Master of EducationVictoria University of Wellington
Trained Teachers CertificateChristchurch Teachers College
Bachelor of ArtsUniversity of Canterbury
Diploma of TeachingChristchurch Teachers College

Martin Thrupp's research interests are in education policy with a particular focus on the lived effects of policy across socially diverse and unequal communities.  In recent years he has been researching and writing about the enactment of the National Standards policy in New Zealand schools. His new book about the National Standards 'The Search for Better Educational Standards: A Cautionary Tale' has just been published. In 2012 Thrupp received an award from New Zealand's Tertiary Education Union for promoting academic freedom, in 2015 was made Honorary Fellow of NZEI Te Riu Roa and in 2016 received the NZARE McKenzie award for his significant contribution to educational research.  Please google 'Martin Thrupp' to find out more.

Thrupp, M. (in press). To be ‘in the tent’ or abandon it?  A school clusters policy and the responses of New Zealand educational leaders. In Wilkinson, J, Niesche, R. & Eacott S. (2017) Challenges for public education: Reconceptualising educational leadership, policy and social justice as resources for hope. Routledge.

Thrupp, M. (in press). Opettajat ja sosiaalinen eriarvoisuus: pitäisikö yhteiskunnallisen kontekstin merkitys unohtaa, pitäisikö sitä väheksyä vai pitäisikö se ottaa aidosti huomioon? (Teachers and social inequality: should we ignore social contexts, downplay them, or really embrace them?) In R. Rinne, N. Haltia, S. Lempinen & T. Kaunisto Eriarvoistuva Maailma – Tasa-Arvoistava Koulu? Jyväskylä: Finnish Education Research Assocation.

Thrupp, M. with Lingard, B. Maguire, M. & Hursh, D. (2017). The Search for Better Educational Standards: A Cautionary Tale. Dordrecht: Springer.

Thrupp, M. (2017). A vernacular response: The impact of PISA and the OECD on New Zealand education. In L. Volante, (Ed.). The PISA Effect on Global Educational Governance. Routledge Press. Routledge.

Thrupp, M. (2017). Introduction. In Waikato Review of Education special issue on 'Nine Years of National-led Education Policy', 22:1, 3-10.

Thrupp, M. (2017). New Zealand’s National Standards policy. Teachers and Curriculum, 17(1), 11–15.

Thrupp, M. (2017). Helping teachers and school leaders to become extra-critical of global education reform. In M. Peters, B. Cowie & I. Menter (Eds.), A Companion to Research in Teacher Education. Singapore: Springer.

Thrupp, M. (2017). What England’s teachers really think about ‘making the difference’ for disadvantaged pupils: A reading of the vignettes from abroad. In T. Bibby, R.Lupton & C. Raffo (Eds.) Responding to Poverty and Disadvantage in Schools: A Reader for Teachers. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Thrupp, M. (2016). The political rhetoric and everyday realities of citizenship in New Zealand society and schools. In A. Peterson, R. Hattam, M. Zembylas & J. Arthur (Eds.), The Palgrave International Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Social Justice. London: Pelgrave.

Thrupp, M. (2015). 'Raising our heads': Keeping a critical eye on policy and research. In D. Fraser & M. Hill (Eds.), The Professional Practice of Teaching. (6th edition) Melbourne, Cengage Learning.

Thrupp, M. (2015). Poor performers or just plain poor?: assumptions in the neo-liberal account of school failure. Waikato Review of Education, 20(2), 20th Anniversary Issue, 169-181.

Goldstein, H. & Thrupp, M. (2014). Responses to Andreas Schleicher’s Reply to the Open Letter. Policy Futures in Education, 12(7), 888-882.

Thrupp, M. (2014). At the eye of the storm: Researching schools and their communities enacting National Standards.New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 49(1), 6-20.

Thrupp, M. (2014). Deficit thinking and the politics of blame. In V. Carpenter & S. Osborne (Eds.), Twelve Thousand Hours: Education & Poverty in Aotearoa, New Zealand (pp. 88-101). Auckland: Dunmore Press.

Thrupp, M. (2013). National Standards for student achievement: Is New Zealand’s idiosyncratic approach any better? Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 36(2), 99–110.

Thrupp, M. & Easter, A. (2013). ‘Tell me about your school’: Researching local responses to New Zealand’s National Standards policy. Assessment Matters, 5, 94–115.

Thrupp, M. (2013). Researching amidst the heat and noise of political debate. Policy Futures in Education, 11(6), 723-733.

Lupton, R. & Thrupp, M (2013). Headteachers’ reading of and responses to disadvantaged contexts: evidence from English primary schools, British Educational Research Journal, 39(4), 769-788.