About Brian

Brian Findsen

Brian
Findsen

I consider myself to be a fortunate person. I have a loving family (wife, Caterina to whom I have been happily married since I met her in high  school days; two children,  four beautiful grandchildren ranging in age from 3 to 10) and a profession which I have been passionate about since my late 20s when I became first acquainted with continuing education at the University of Waikato in the 1980s.

I was a student at the University of Waikato in the 1970s and undertook a fast-track Diploma in Teaching at the then Hamilton Teachers’ College and subsequently taught in primary/intermediate schools for five years.

manager, teacher,  

researcher

My “big break” came when I completed my MA part-time (English) and won my first job in adult education at the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Waikato.

After a few years I took my family to the USA to study for a doctorate in education (adult education; sociology) at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, in the mid 1980s.

Subsequently I have worked in adult/higher education at Waikato, Auckland , AUT and Glasgow University before returning to New Zealand in 2004 to take up the position as the pioneer director of the Waikato Pathways College at Waikato. I have been a manager, teacher, researcher, supervisor in the above positions.

The first step in my working with you is to contact me to begin a conversation for a needs assessment exercise.

64 (0)21 0819 5972

brianfindsen@gmail.com

valuing lifelong Learning

valuing lifelong 

Learning

My focus has always been on valuing lifelong learning, believing that anyone should have access to learning/education opportunities at any point in life. Most of my publications have been concerned about social equity and social justice issues in lifelong learning – who gets what kind of education? To answer this question we must consider the economic, cultural and social contexts of how people live and learn.

Too many people have limited opportunities because of their location in the social structure (gender, race/ethnicity, social class, age, sexual orientation etc) and the function of the state/government in providing resources. Much of my attention has been on older adults (usually 65+) and the kinds of learning they engage in and what limits their active participation in society.

As an accompaniment to academic work, I have volunteered as a council member of Age Concern Hamilton from 2011 to get a realistic understanding of the kinds of issues faced by older people in our communities.

Chronology of Education & Qualifications

1965 – 1969

St John’s College, Hamilton, New Zealand

1970 – 1972

University of Waikato, Hamilton [Bachelor of Social Science]

University of Waikato, Hamilton [Bachelor of Social Science]

1970 – 1972

1973

Hamilton Teachers’ College [Teacher’s Certificate]

1973

Hamilton Teachers’ College [Teacher’s Certificate]

1976 – 1978

University of Waikato [Master of Arts, (Hons)]

University of Waikato [Master of Arts, (Hons)]

1976 – 1978

1980 – 1983

University of Waikato [Certificate in Maori Studies]

1980 – 1983

University of Waikato [Certificate in Maori Studies]

1985 – 1987

University of Waikato [Certificate in Maori Studies]

North Carolina State University, Raleigh [Doctorate]

1985 – 1987

Positions HELD

2011 – 2019

Professor of Education, Te Whiringa School of Educational Leadership & Policy Faculty of Education, University of Waikato.

Director, Waikato Pathways College, and Professor of Education, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

2008 – 2011

2008 – 2011

Director, Waikato Pathways College, and Professor of Education, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

2004 – 2008

Senior Lecturer to Professor of Education, Department of Adult & Continuing Education (DACE), University of Glasgow. Chair of DACE, 2006-2008.

2004 – 2008

Senior Lecturer to Professor of Education, Department of Adult & Continuing Education (DACE), University of Glasgow. Chair of DACE, 2006-2008.

2001 – 2004

Associate Professor of Education, School of Education, Auckland University of Technology Associate Head of School (Education).

Associate Professor of Education, School of Education, Auckland University of Technology Associate Head of School (Education).

2001 – 2004

1992 – 2000

Senior Lecturer in Adult Education, Centre for Continuing Education, the University of Auckland.

1989 – 1991

Lecturer in Education in the Department of Education, University of Waikato.

Lecturer in Education in the Department of Education, University of Waikato.

1989 – 1991

1988 – 1989

Organiser for the Teaching Development Unit, University of Waikato.

1986 – 1987

Research assistant to Dr Edgar J. Boone on the Kellogg Project for In-Service Co-operative Extension entitled “Working with Our Publics”, North Carolina State University, USA.

Research assistant to Dr Edgar J. Boone on the Kellogg Project for In-Service Co-operative Extension entitled “Working with Our Publics”, North Carolina State University, USA.

1986 – 1987

1979 – 1988

(Senior) Continuing Education Officer, University of Waikato. (On leave 1985-1987, NCSU)

1975 – 1976

Teaching at Ngahinepouri School [about 15 kms from Hamilton].

Teaching at Ngahinepouri School [about 15 kms from Hamilton].

1975 – 1976

1974

Teaching at Christchurch South Intermediate School.

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