If you have ever thought about introducing either a full psychology course or just a few 'taster' standards at your school - there could not be a better time to get started! Psychology is a well established subject with an international body of research and theory. It is widely taught and enjoyed in high schools in the UK, Australia and the USA and it is rapidly gaining in popularity here in New Zealand. The New Zealand Association of Psychology Teachers (NZAPT) is here to support both long standing NZ teachers of psychology and enthusiastic newbies. We are a small but passionate and active subject association who network regularly and meet annually at our interactive workshop where we share inspiration, ideas and best practice. We know that our students find psychology to be an intrinsically interesting, engaging and relevant subject which enables them to develop skills and competencies applicable to a wide range of careers and further study options. Our students achieve well. What are you waiting for? It's time to look around, explore and make contact. Your students will thank you for it! We welcome enquiries and membership from all interested parties and look forward to hearing from you.
Samantha Dudek (NZAPT Chair)
The mission of the NZAPT is to promote and support the teaching of Psychology in New Zealand schools and to sustain a strong national subject association.
Our goals are to:
Support individual teachers and schools that are looking to introduce Psychology as a new course
Support teachers of established courses
Provide support and professional development to both new and experienced teachers of psychology
Develop and make available, practical teaching resources which are adaptable, usable and facilitate high quality teaching and learning in psychology
Maintain the NZAPT website as a source of information, communication, inspiration and resource sharing for psychology teachers
Advocate for psychology as a subject which should be respected and have parity with comparable subjects within the NZ Curriculum
What we do
Promotes the teaching of Psychology in NZ schools
Supports members and non members who are looking to introduce psychology to their college
Organises an annual workshop for teachers of Psychology
Share curriculum resources, teaching ideas and inspiration between members
Produces regular newsletters to keep members up to date with NZAPT news
Maintains the NZAPT website and social media
Your Executive Team
Chair Samantha Dudek
Sam graduated with a BSc (Hons.) in Psychology and Counselling in 2001 and PGCE in Social Science (Psychology) in the UK in 2003. After teaching Psychology in the UK for 10 years, Sam moved to New Zealand in 2013 and has been teaching at Tawa College ever since.
NZAPT Chair since 2019 and part of the Psychology Network of Expertise Committee, Sam has presented at many NZAPT workshops and conferences. Sam has a passion for making the teaching and learning of Psychology an active experience, developing trips and camps for students to apply their knowledge. Having supported the NZAPT throughout the UE process she is excited to see Psychology in NZ flourish and develop.
Secretary Eric Wheater
After graduating with a BSc (Hons.) from York in Experimental Psychology in 2001 and PGCE in Secondary Science in 2004, Eric taught Psychology in the UK for two years before taking an adventure to New Zealand in 2006, where he has been teaching psychology since 2007. An NZAPT member since 2007 and Secretary since 2013, Eric has been involved in many of the conferences and regional hub meetings and has presented at many workshops and conferences.
Having taught both NCEA, CIE and IB Psychology, Eric is passionate to see the teaching of psychology in New Zealand continue to develop and flourish.
Treasurer Gaye Bloomfield
Gaye graduated from Massey University with a BA in Psychology in 1995, gained a Post Graduate in Secondary teaching in 2000 and was awarded an M.Ed (e-learning) in 2015. She has taught Psychology, Health and English in New Zealand since 2007.
She has presented at many workshops and conferences. She is the author of a Level 3 Psychology workbook ,published by ESA. She currently teaches Psychology at Nayland College.
Gaye was the Chair of the NZAPT from 2012-2016 and is a part of the Network of Expertise Committee.