Education is facing challenges. This site was established to act as a repository for articles and research relating to education. Specifically, the aim is to analyze current trends in education and respond critically to those trends with evidence-based research to improve outcomes for all learners. We welcome contributions.

Contact: nathan.woods@aotawhiti.school.nz

Who are we?

Brent received his Masters Degree in Philosophy from the University of Canterbury in 2000 for research on language and the role it plays in thought. He currently teaches Philosophy at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery (ATUD) in Christchurch City, New Zealand.

Brent is on the executive committee of NZAPT (New Zealand Association for Philosophy Teachers), and is working with collegues to raise the status of Philosophy teaching in Secondary Schools.

Brent has published Philosophy papers in various journals and popular Philosophy publications, and has also self published a wide range of articles of Philosophical interest.

Brent’s current research interests sit within the field of the Philosophy of Education. Specifically, he is interested in the role that propositional knowledge plays in human learning. He is producing a critical analysis of both the constructivist and intellectual traditionalist approaches to teaching.


Natalie is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Canterbury, where she specialises in the philosophy of education. She has a Masters Degree in Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Massey University, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the Christchurch College of Education, A CELTA certificate, a Diploma in Journalism, and a BA in English literature from the University of Canterbury. Natalie also teaches English at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery (ATUD)  in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Natalie’s research interests sit within the philosophy of education, and she has a background in curriculum policy and practice, theories of motivation and learning, teachers’ work and professional development, and assessment for learning.

Natalie (formerly Nathan) may be New Zeland’s first openly male-to-female transgendered high school teacher. She began transitioning in 2016.


Richard is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Canterbury. He has a BS in Applied History from Carnegie Mellon University, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning from the Christchurch College of Education and a Master in International Education from the Universidad de Alcalá.  He is Teacher in Charge of History and Languages at Ao Tawhiti (formerly Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti) in Christchurch City, New Zealand.

Apart from the richness of history and the beauty of language Richard is interested in the theory and philosophy of education and supporting the ongoing resistance to the GERM.


One response to “About

  1. Allan Henderson

    I think it is important to note the both Nathan and Brent know Allan Henderson

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