Dr Peter J Keegan

PhD, MPhil, BA(Hons)

Biography

Peter was born and raised in Taranaki (West Coast, North Island, New Zealand). He has been living in Auckland (New Zealand) since December 2000.

He pepeha (tribal proverb)

Ko Pirongia te maunga
Ko Waipa te awa

Ko Waikato-Maniapoto te iwi

Ko Ngati Apakura te hapū
Ko Pūrekireki Wiwi te marae

Research | Current

Peter's interests include language structure and use, measurement (including Item Response Theory), assessment and language testing, (especially in Māori and indigenous language education contexts), language documentation and conservation. He focuses on quantitative approaches to research and data. He undertakes research on changes in the structure of Māori language and efforts to revitalize Māori and indigenous languages, in educational and community contexts. He also interested in the achievement of Māori and minority students, and Māori/indigenous literatures.

Research Projects

2004-2019 MAONZE (Māori New Zealand English)

Along with Dr Catherine Watson (School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering), Dr Jeanette King and Dr Margaret Maclagan (University of Canterbury) Dr Ray Harlow and many others. The project examines changes in the pronunciation of Māori and New Zealand English over time. It has been supported by two Marsden fund grants.

2015-2019 Māori Pronunciation Tool: A System for Providing Feedback on Spoken Māori (MPAi)

Along with Dr Catherine Watson (School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering) and others. The project involves developing and trialing a prototype computer-based Māori pronunciation tool that provides users with real time feedback on their own pronunciation of Māori vowels and words. We undertook trials in November/December 2015 late 2016 and mid 2017. We are currently analysing the results.

Teaching | Current

Second Semester 2019  EDUCM 118,  EDUCURRM 301, EDUC 787

       

 

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD Supervision

  • Huang, Chuanning. Investigating imagined communities at a Japanese supplementary school in New Zealand.
  • Schwenger, Bettina. How can teachers design blended learning to support digital information literacy for undergraduate students?
  • Snowden, Mere. Tihei Mauriora Te Reo Mauriora: Te Reo Māori in English-Medium Schools.

Responsibilities

Research and statistical advise, Te Puna Wānanga, Faculty of Education and Social Work

Areas of expertise

  • Interests include measurement (including Item Response Theory), assessment and language testing, especially in Māori and indigenous language education contexts. Focuses on quantitative approaches to research and data. Undertakes research on changes in the structure of Māori language and efforts to revitalize Māori and indigenous languages, in educational and community contexts. Also interested in the achievement of Māori and minority students.

  • The structure of Māori language, especially changes in modern contexts such as home, schooling and community
  • Also interested in Māori narratives, Māori literature (both in English and Māori)

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Faculty of Education and Social Work Research Committee

Te Puna Wānanga Research and Postgraduate Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Keegan, P. J. (2019). A Reflection for Te Wiki o te reo Māori. https://www.newsroom.co.nz/@ideasroom/2019/09/10/797966/ihu-mtao-waha-mahana-a-reflection-for-te-wiki-o-te-reo-mori. Related URL.
  • Reese, E., Keegan, P., McNaughton, S., Kingi, T. K., Carr, P. A., Schmidt, J., ... Morton, S. (2018). Te reo Māori: Indigenous language acquisition in the context of New Zealand English. Journal of Child Language, 45 (2), 340-367.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44020
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stuart McNaughton, Susan Morton, Cameron Grant
  • Mixdorff, H., Watson, C., & Keegan, P. (2018). Quantitative analysis of māori prosody from three generations. Proceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody. 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-128
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43628
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Catherine Watson
  • Keegan, P. J. (2017). Māori dialect Issues And Māori language ideologies In the revitalisation era. MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, 6 (2), 129-142. 10.20507/MAIJournal.2017.6.2.3
  • Watson, C. I., Keegan, P. J., Maclagan, M. A., Harlow, R., & King, J. (2017). The motivation and development of MPAi, a Māori Pronunciation Aid. Proceedings of Interspeech 2017, 2063-2067. Stockholm, Sweden: International Speech Communication Association. 10.21437/Interspeech.2017-215
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35553
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Catherine Watson
  • Maclagan, M., Watson, C. I., Harlow, R., King, J., & Keegan, P. (2017). Investigating the sound change in the New Zealand English nurse vowel. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 37 (4), 465-485. 10.1080/07268602.2017.1364126
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40134
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Catherine Watson
  • Keegan, P. J. (2016). Māori language testing and assessment in Aotearoa: past, present and future prospects. Paper presented at The Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand 2016 Conference, University of Auckland, New Zealand. 17 November - 19 November 2016. Related URL.
  • Watson, C., Maclagan, M. A., King, J., Harlow, R., & Keegan, P. J. (2016). Sound change in Māori and the Influence of New Zealand English. Journal of the International Phonetics Association, 46 (2), 185-218. 10.1017/S0025100316000025
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30189
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Catherine Watson

Contact details

Primary office location

C - BLOCK. EPSOM - Bldg 6EC
Level G, Room G06
EPSOM CAMPUS, 74 EPSOM AVE
EPSOM
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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