Dr Fiona Beals

Centre of Learning: Health and Social Services

School: School of Social Services

Teaching Programme: Bachelor Youth Development

ORCID ID Number: 0000-0003-0006-4648

Research Speciality: Dr Beals is currently a consultant and writer on a Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga study, Ngā Moemoea ō Ᾱpōpō (Dreaming the Future) which is looking at the hopes and aspirations of young rangatahi. Dr Beals is also exploring the racial discourses used in news media as well as practices of edge work young people engage in.

 

Background:

Dr Fiona Beals received her PhD from Victoria University of Wellington in 2007 and has since published in the fields of sociology of youth, sociology of education and qualitative research methodologies. Dr Beals' research stems from a grassroots desire to see change in Aotearoa NZ so that all children and young people have the same opportunities in life.

Dr Beals has an established reputation in youth sector here in Aotearoa NZ and abroad. She leads the Bachelor of Youth Development here at WelTec and sits on the governing board of Ara Taiohi, the youth sector's peak body. Dr Beals is a proud West Coaster who can be often seen eating a whitebait fritter while she is engaging in research practice.

 

Academic Qualifications

2007, Phd, Education, Victoria University of Wellington

2002, Masters with Distinction, Education, Victoria University of Wellington

1999, Bachelor of Education, Teaching, Wellington College of Education

 

Professional Positions Held

2015-2017: Principal Academic Staff Member, Wellington Institute of Technology

2013-2015: Senior Academic Staff Member, Wellington Institute of Technology

2012: Academic Staff Member, Wellington Institute of Technology

2007-2008: Lecturer, Bachelor of Arts (Education) Director, Victoria University of Wellington

2006: Assistant Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington

2001-2005: Tutor, Victoria University of Wellington

2001-2005: Research Assistant, New Zealand Council for Educational Research

 

Professional Distinctions and Memberships

2012-present, Ara Taiohi (NZ peak body for youth sector), Board Member

2016, WelTec Sustained Teaching Award

2015, WelTec Researcher Award

2002-2007, PhD Scholarship, Victoria University of Wellington

 

Journal Articles

Beals, F. (2015). Tackling the unmarked in youth development: Why settle for the west when a new dawn brings new possibilities. Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 1(1), 122-141.

Beals, F. M. (2014). Sugar, spice and everything nice: Just what are deviant girls made of? Women's Studies Journal, 28(2), 57-67.

Beals, F. M., Braddock, C., Dye, A., McDonald, J., Milligan, A., & Strafford, E. (2013). The embodied experiences of emerging teachers: Exploring the potential of collective biographical memory work. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies. doi:10.1177/1532708613496393

Beals, F. (2013). Travelling down under: Dismantling the 'global south'. Policy & Practice: A development education review (16), 139-149.

Beals, F. M. (2012). Moving beyond the academic doors: Addressing ethical issues in NGO youth research. Youth Studies Australia, 31(35-42).

Beals, F. (2008). Conflicting demands: Reviewing the impact of youth policies on New Zealand schools. New Zealand Annual Review of Education, 17, 91-105.

Beals, F. M. (2006). Digital connections: Alternative methods of building connections with young people. Paper presented at the INVOLVE 2006, Lincoln University, Christchurch: New Zealand Association for Adolescent Health and Development (NZAAHD)

Beals, F. M. (2004). The invisibility of women in New Zealand's technology needs-based penal system. Feminism and Psychology, 14(2), 237-242.

Milligan, A., & Beals, F. (2004). Inserting the question marks: The impact of postmodernism on teaching and learning in social studies. The New Zealand Journal of Social Studies, 12(1), 16-23.

Beals, F. M. (2001). Let's dig down deep: A philosophical look at social studies education in New Zealand using a post-structural genealogical analysis. New Zealand Annual Review of Education, 11, 199-213.

Wood, B. E., Cornforth, S., Beals, F., Taylor, M., & Tallon, R. (2016). Sustainability champions? International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 17(3), 342-360. doi:10.1108/ijshe-12-2014-0171.

 

Books and Monographs

Beals, F. M. (2008). Playing with the discursive: A feminist post-structural exploration of the words 'criminal woman'. Saarbrucken, Germany: Verlag Dr. Muller.

Beals, F. M. (2008). Reading between the lines: Representations and constructions of youth and crime in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Saarbrucken, Germany: Verlag Dr. Muller.

Beals, F. M., & van Wijk, N. (2010). 'Crime families' on the news: Exploring media reports of young offenders and their families. Wellington: Families Commission.

 

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters, Books Edited

Beals with, F., Foaese, P.-C., Miller, M., Perkins, H., & Sargent, N. (in press). Screaming aloud from da old plantation down-under: Youth work on the margins in Aotearoa New Zealand. In P. Alldred & F. Cullen (Eds.), The Sage handbook of youth work practice. London: Sage.

Beals, F. M., & Wood, B. (2012). Negotiating agency: Local youth activism in Aotearoa-New Zealand. In S. Dewey & K. K. Brison (Eds.), Super girls, gangstas, freeters, and xenomaniacs: Gender and modernity in global youth cultures (pp. 193-210). New York: Syracuse University Press.

Williams, C., Edlin, J., & Beals, F. (2010). Commentary: Looking from the outside. In B. Percy-Smith & N. Thomas (Eds.), A handbook of children's participation: Perspectives from theory and practice (pp. 287-290). United Kingdom: Routledge.

Beals, F. M. (2010). New languages, new words: The power of multimodal literacy for diverse learners in New Zealand. In V. Green & S. Cherrington (Eds.), Delving into diversity: An international exploration of issues of diversity in education (pp. 277-285). New York: Nova Science.

Beals, F. M. (2010). Youth and media. In L. B. Claiborne & W. Drewery (Eds.), Human development: Family, place, culture (pp. 217-218). Sydney: McGraw-Hill.

 

Conference Proceedings

Beals, F. (2015). Tackling the unmarked in youth development: Why settle for the west when a new dawn brings new possibilities Keynote Address presented at the Centre for Applied Youth Research Annual Conference, Hobart.

Beals, F. M. (2014). Working on the edge: Understanding the role of storytelling in identity development, identity negotiation and practices of storytelling. Paper presented at the The Youth Collaborative Annual Hui, Lincoln University, Christchurch.

Beals, F. M. (2013). The secret to dreampot cooking: Understanding the world of our students through a sociological lens. Keynote Address presented at the WelTec-Whiteria Research Symposium, Petone, New Zealand.

Beals, F. M. (2013). Strengthening the hub of our practice: Replacing policy-centred practice with treaty-centre practice. Keynote Address presented at the Voices of the Pacific, Wellington: Praxis (New Zealand).

Beals, F. M. (2012). It takes a university community to raise an academic. Keynote Address presented at the Creating Excellence and Wellbeing in Tertiary Study Symposium Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington.

Beals, F. M. (2008). Reading between the headlines: The problems with deficit approaches in the media reporting on youth justice. Peer-Reviewed Paper presented at the Involve 09: Relate Youth Sector Conference, Wellington: New Zealand Aotearoa Adolescent Health and Development.

Beals, F. M. (2008). Branding today's youth. Paper presented at the Involve 09: Relate Youth Sector Conference, Wellington: New Zealand Aotearoa Adolescent Health and Development.

Beals, F. M. (2004). Education, Lily's medicinal compound for today's wayward youth. Paper presented at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Wellington: New Zealand Association of Research in Education (NZARE).

Beals, F. M. (2002). A tail of contradictions: Revealing the complexities between the marriage of field research and feminist post-structural theorising. Paper presented at the First Australian Postgraduate Students' Critical Psychology Conference, Sydney: University of Western Sydney.

Beals, F. M. (2002). Looking at accountability: Taking ethics and research into the 21st century. Peer-Reviewed Paper presented at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Palmerston North.

 

Other Forms of Dissemination

Beals, F. (2017). Locked out: Understanding and tackling school exclusion in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, Edited by Patty Towl and Sheryl Hemphill (2016). New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. doi:10.1007/s40841-017-0100-5

Beals, F., & Finlay, S. (2016). Positive youth development: How focusing on young people's strengths can help them unlock their highest potential. Invited Workshop presented at the St John Youth Leaders' Conference, Auckland: St John New Zealand

Beals, F. (2016). The developmental picture: Understanding youth development. NZ Scouts. Wellington.

Beals, F. (2016). Dream team 2016: Dr Fiona Beals. Invited Workshop. Peter Blake Trust. Westport and Blaketown New Zealand.

Beals, F. (2016). Introduction to the sociology of youth. Praxis. Invited Presentation. Porirua.

Beals, F. (2016). Just another boring degree programme: Nothing valuable about that! Workshop presented at The Good Oil Forum: For teachers of practical subjects, WelTec, Petone.

Beals, F. (2016). Life and hope. Keynote Address presented at the St John Youth Leaders' Conference, Auckland: St John New Zealand.

Beals, F. (2016). Screaming aloud from da old plantation down-under: Critical youth work meets compassionate justice. Invited Presentation (EDUC523: Education, Engagement and Community). Victoria University of Wellington. Wellington.

Beals, F. (2016). Shaping our future: What will St John Youth look like in 15 years’ time? Auckland: St John New Zealand.

Beals, F., & Perrot, A. R. D. (2016). The 'what is' of positive youth development. Evolve Health Services. Invited Workshop. Wellington.

Beals, F., Perrot, A. R. D., Hay, M., Finlay, S., & Te Moananui, J. (2016). It's here in our backyard: Exploring Te Whariki as a model for positive youth development practice.

Paper presented at the NZARE Annual Conference: The politics of learning, Wellington: NZARE

Beals, F., & The Collaborative for Research and Training in Youth Health and Development. (2016). Knowing and showing what you are doing works: Understanding the basics of evaluation research. Invited Workshop presented at the The Collaborative Trust Annual Hui: More than words: Extending the skills for youth development and wellbeing, Christchurch.

Beals, F. (2015). Thinking about suicide differently. In InOvation Trust & The YMCA (Wellington) (Eds.), Smoke and Mirrors Project: Programme guide. Wellington.

Beals, F. (2015). You are not in the Truman show now friend: How to move from working with individuals to understanding the reality of inequality today. Keynote Address presented at the YMCA: Youth development hui, Wellington: YMCA.

Beals, F. (2015). How to not wear your sunglasses at night: Thinking differently about youth issues. Workshop presented at the Ara Taiohi: Building pathways wanagana, Wellington.

Beals, F. (2015). Getting lost in a sea of dolls. Praxis. Wellington.

Beals, F., & Perrot, A. R. D. (2015). Who are you? AKA socking it to the system. Invited Workshop presented at the Work and Income Assistance to Work Programme, WelTec, Petone.

Beals, F. (2012). Rethinking global issues. Invited Workshop presented at the Life Impact Centre, Wainuiomata.

Beals, F. M. (2011, Autumn). Save the Children Youth Voices report: The voice of children – is it heard? Children, 13-14.

Beals, F. (2011). A quick look at international research into student representation at universities. Victoria University of Wellington Student Association (VUWSA). Wellington.

Beals, F. M. (2006). Reading between the lines: Representations and constructions of youth and crime in Aotearoa/New Zealand. (Doctor of Philosophy (Education) thesis), Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington.

Beals, F. M. (2002). Playing with the discursive: A feminist post-structural exploration of the words 'criminal woman'. (Masters of Education), Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington.

 

Research Contributions:

Dr Beals sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Youth Research.

She is a reviewer of articles for the Journal of Youth Studies.

Dr Beals also has examined a number of Masters and Doctoral Theses on youth development.

 

External Website:

www.drphisdegrees.blogspot.co.nz

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