Associate Professor Missy Morton
Head of School
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), (BA(Hons), University of Otago
Master of Education (MEd), University of Otago
Doctor of Philosophy, (Ph.D.), Syracuse University
Phone: + 64 3 345 8312
Internal Phone: 44312
Associate Professor Missy Morton returned to New Zealand in 1994 from Syracuse University in New York. While completing her doctoral studies in Special Education at Syracuse she taught postgraduate classes in collaboration and consultation, and supervised teaching practice for masters and bachelors students in inclusive education. She has taught at both the former UC School of Education and the Christchurch College of Education prior to the merger and creation of the new UC College of Education. Associate Professor Morton has worked closely with the Advisors at UC Education Plus on a number of projects including the development of the Curriculum Exemplars for Students with Special Educational Needs and the Narrative Assessment Guide for Teachers, and the INSTEP Project (Inservice Teacher Education Project).
She undertook her undergraduate and masters studies at the University of Otago. She helped establish Project MESH, a practical and research collaboration between the University of Otago, IHC, and the Otago Hospital Board (Cherry Farm Hospital). Project MESH provided a classroom setting on the university campus for children who lived at Cherry Farm Hospital and who had never attended school. Project MESH was also a practicum setting for clinical and educational psychologists.
Associate Professor Missy Morton has worked for the National Offices of IHC and for CCS Disability Action. Her work in these organisations focused on the development of support and advocacy services for school aged children and young people and their families. She also developed her interests in feminist studies, gender, sexuality and disability at this time. Associate Professor Missy Morton was a member of the Working Group that wrote the New Zealand Disability Strategy. She is a founding member of the New Zealand Inclusive Education Action Group (IEAG).
Associate Professor Missy Morton regularly presents at national and international conferences. In 2007 she co-convened the Disability Studies in Education conference in Chicago and the New Zealand Association for Research in Education conference in Christchurch. She serves on the editorial boards and/or reviews for national and international journals including the New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, New Zealand Journal of Disability Studies, International Journal of Inclusive Education, and Teaching and Teacher Education.
Please see Missy's UC Research Profile for a full list of publications:
- Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment for inclusive education
- Initial teacher education, teacher professional development and learning for inclusive education
- School and family partnerships for learning
- Families’ experiences of inclusion and exclusion; school ‘choice’
- Disability studies in education
- Discourses of disability
- Feminist studies and disability
- Research and the production of disability and disabling discourses
- Qualitative methodologies in education
- Participatory action research and participatory evaluation