Dr Margaret Clare Kitchen

PhD, MA(Hons), DipKorean, DipELT, DipTchg


Margaret Kitchen is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education.

Margaret’s recent research interests centre on resourcing for migrants in a host country. In 2012 she completed her doctoral studies, a participatory project with members of a local Korean community and their local secondary school.

Formerly a secondary school teacher, Margaret is interested in inclusive academic language teaching and committed to teacher professional development in TESSOL. She has published in teacher journals (set: Research information for teachers; Curriculum Matters; NZJES) and assisted classroom teachers on the research papers of the Graduate Diploma in TESSOL to publish their small-scale research projects (set: Research information for teachers).

Research | Current

Current Projects:

  • Co-configuring change: Principals and teachers collaborating to bring a school focus on inclusive academic language teaching. A collaborative project with Dr Susan Gray and Maree Jeurissen.
  • Researching our practice: Students’ engagement with professional readings. A collaborative project with Dr Susan Gray and Maree Jeurissen.

  • Researching the experiences of language teachers in the classroom: Beyond the regular interview. A collaborative project with Dr Susan Gray, Maree Jeurissen and Dr Rae Si'ilata.


Recent Projects:

  • Imagined Lives: The Korean community and policy and practices at a New Zealand high school. A large, ethnographic project.


Teaching | Current

Graduate Diploma in TESSOL: EDPROFST 227, 373, 374, 375, 380,381

Postgraduate supervision

Research students interested in the following topics are invited to contact this supervisor:

  • Inclusive academic language teaching
  • Multicultural education


PhD awarded a place on The University of Auckland Faculty of Arts Dean’s List, 2012

Nominated by the DALSL Postgraduate Committee,The University of Auckland, as the department's nomination for the Vice-Chancellor's Best Doctoral Thesis Prize, 2013


Co-ordinator of Year 2, the Graduate Diploma in TESSOL.

Areas of expertise

  • Inclusive academic language teaching in schools
  • Inclusive school policies
  • Resourcing for migrants
  • Research studies that use interpretative methodologies including narrative inquiry
  • Research studies that use linguistic ethnography

Committees/Professional groups/Services

TESOLANZ, national executive member with responsibility for publications

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Kitchen, M. C., Gray, S. M., & Jeurissen, M. J. (2016). Principals’ Collaborative Roles as Leaders for Learning. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 15 (2), 168-191. 10.1080/15700763.2015.1031255
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30374
  • Kitchen, M., Gray, S., & Jeurisson, M. (2015). Primary school teachers’ uptake of professional readings: Understanding the factors affecting teachers’ learning. New Zealand Journal of Teachers’ Work, 12 (1), 63-77. 10.24135/teacherswork.v12i1.48
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30900
  • Kitchen, M. C., Jeurissen, M., Siilata, R., & Gray, S. (2015). Diversity is a key to unity?. In J. Morgan (Ed.) The 21st Century Curriculum? (pp. 138-151). Auckland, New Zealand: Edify.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rae Si'ilata
  • Kitchen, M. (2014). Korean migration: "The first reason for coming to New Zealand is adventure". New Zealand Population Review, 40, 111-126.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26097
  • Kitchen, M. (2014). Korean students’ stories from an Aotearoa New Zealand high school: Perceived affordances of English and Korean language use. Language and Education, 28 (6), 552-567. 10.1080/09500782.2014.921192
  • Kitchen, M. (2014). Korean students' stories from an Aotearoa New Zealand high school: perceived affordances of English and Korean language use. Language and Education
  • Tung, S., & Kitchen, M. C. (2013). English language learners and the Progressive Achievement Test: Mathematics. Set: Research Information for Teachers, 2013 (2), 58-51. Related URL.
  • Kitchen, M. C. (2013). Identity struggles: Korean stories on transitioning to secondary school from primary school. Curriculum Matters, 9, 46-63. Related URL.

Contact details

Office hours

Monday to Wednesday

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 557
New Zealand