Barbara Morris

Barbara came to WITT in 1990 and developed the Learning Skills Unit. Her role as a learning skills tutor involves working with students as they adjust to an academic life and learn the skills necessary to successfully participate in their mainstream programmes.

With a background as a primary school and SPELD trained teacher she then transferred to adult education Training Opportunities programmes and finally onto WITT. She returned to study as an adult and began with the completion of a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Education, followed by Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and finally, in 2009, completed a Master of Education with first class honours.

Barbara’s interest in research developed as a result of participating in a post graduate programme through Massey University and through presenting her research through the Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors Aotearoa New Zealand (ATLAANZ) national conferences. This led to her presenting at the First Year Experience International Conference.

Her research interests include adults and adolescents with specific learning disabilities (SLD), commonly known as Dyslexia, and special education in general; English speakers of other languages with SLD; exploring the most effective ways of implementing academic literacies (study skills) for mainstream students; understanding tertiary academic cultures; and the development of effective academic resources. This resulted in the publishing of two booklets on APA referencing (a resource booklet and a self-teaching booklet) and a Study for Success booklet. Her current research has involved exploring effective transitions to tertiary education and the use of open source software (Zotero) for tertiary students.

 Barbara presents papers regularly at ATLAANZ national/international conferences.

 

RESEARCH OUTPUTS

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Books and Monographs

Morris, B. (2006). APA Self-help Work Book. New Plymouth: Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki.

Morris, B. (2006). APA Referencing Guide (revised edition). New Plymouth: Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki.

Morris, B. (2005). APA Referencing: a Self-help Workbook for Students and Staff. New Plymouth: Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki.

Morris, B. (2005). Compiled 2004 ATLAANZ Conference Proceedings: Building Bridges - Diversity in Practice. New Plymouth: Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki.

Morris, B. (2004). APA Referencing Guide. New Plymouth: Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki.

Journal and Scholarly Publications

Morris, B. (2010). Fundamental considerations in the provision of study skills/Academic Literacy. In M. McMorrow (Ed.). Shifting sands, firm foundations:  Conference highlights and in-depth articles, (pp. 11-12).  Auckland:  AKO Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence and Massey University.

Morris, B. (2008, Winter). ESOL learning disability: An enigma in tertiary classrooms? Te Iarere Wavelength, 3, 37-49.

Morris, B. (2008). Learning centre’s role in institutional success, retention and completion of qualifications.  In E. Manalo, J. Bartlett-Trafford, & S. Crozier (Eds.), Walking a tightrope:  The balancing act of learning advising - Refereed proceedings of the 2007 Association of tertiary learning advisors Aotearoa/New Zealand (ATLAANZ) (pp. 86-102), Auckland, New Zealand: ATLAANZ.

Morris, B. A. (2007, November 21). Murky waters: English speakers of other languages with learning disabilities. Anchoring Our Practice: Perspective, Partnerships, Projects. ATLAANZ Refereed Conference Journal, (2), 101-116.

Conference Contributions 

Oral Presentations

Morris, B. (2012, November). Navigating the academic rapids with open source software: Students instigate change. Paper presented at Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors of Aotearoa New Zealand (ATLAANZ) Conference. Hamilton, New Zealand.

Morris, B. (2011, November 30–December 2). Navigating the academic rapids with open source software: Students instigate change. Paper presented at Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors Advisers (ATLAANZ) Conference. WelTec, Petone, New Zealand.

Morris, B. (2010, November 24-26). Integrating academic literacy: Exploring the practicalities that yield positive results for students, staff and institutions. Paper presented at 2010 ATLAANZ Conference. Christchurch, New Zealand.

Morris, B. (2009, November 17-19). Study skills/academic literacy? Adjunct/ embedded? Adjusting practice to the shifting sands of research. Paper presented at 2009 ATLAANZ Conference. Auckland.

Morris, B. (2007, November 20-23). Learning Centres’ institutional role –differentiating visions of success and retention/attrition. Paper presented at ATLAANZ Conference 2007. AUT, Auckland.

Brown, J. & Morris, B. (2006, November 21-23). Playing with PEAT. Paper presented at ATLAANZ Conference 2006. Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Tauranga.

Morris, B. (2006, November 21-23). Murky Waters: English for Speakers of Other Languages with Learning Disabilities. Paper presented at ATLAANZ Conference 2006. Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Tauranga.

Morris, B. (2006, November 21-23). Adapting to a Changing Environment: Self-paced Study Skills Packages. Paper presented at ATLAANZ Conference 2006. Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Tauranga. 

Other Conference Contributions

Morris, B. (2011, November 29 – December 2). Panel discussion member. ATLAANZ Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.

Morris, B. (2007, November). Reviewer of articles for ATLAANZ Conference Proceedings/Journal.

Morris, B. (2006, March 31). Reviewer for ATLAANZ 2006 Conference Refereed Proceedings.

Creative Outputs 

Morris, B. (2009, June 6-28). WITT Wide [Group exhibition by WITT staff]. Stratford, New Zealand: Percy Thomson Gallery.

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY

Public Addresses and Interviews  

WITT Speaker Forums

Morris, B. (2009, November 9). Study skills (academic literacy) involves more than throwing students in the deep end and letting them sink or swim.Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, New Plymouth.

Morris, B. (2008, September 9). The role of the learning centre in institutional success and student retention. Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, New Plymouth.

Morris, B. (2006, November 8). Identification of International Students with Specific Learning Disabilities. Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, New Plymouth.

Professional Practice: Achievements and Distinctions  

Appointments to National Bodies

Morris, B. (2006-2011). National Secretary of the Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors Aotearoa New Zealand.

Unpublished Papers, Essays

Morris, B. (2005). Power and knowledge: Education in a global context.

Academic Distinction - Qualifications

Morris, B. (2008). Master of Education (Adult Education) (Hons). Massey University.

Contribution to Research Environment

Morris, B. (2009-2012). Research Co-ordinator, Student Support Services, Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki. New Plymouth.

Membership of Institutional Research Committee

Morris, B. (2008-2012). Committee member.

Morris, B. (2008-2011). Te Iarere Wavelength Committee member.

Institute Awards

Morris, B., & Knuckey, B. (2011, December 2). Excellence Award: Innovation in Practice. Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki. New Plymouth.

Morris. B. (2009, May). Active researcher - contribution to research. Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki.

Morris, B. & O’Connor, J. (2005, November 11). Rewards for Innovation and Excellence: 2005. Professional Individual, Innovation and Leadership. Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki. New Plymouth.