Richard Harty - Dean of the School of Education and Communities.

Richard Harty


, School of Education and Communities

Richard Harty is Dean of the School of Education and Communities.

Areas Of Interest

Richard is interested in how adult perceptions about children and childhood affect children's experiences; he is also interested in looking for strategies to enhance the inclusion of young children's voices within the discourse on early years education and care. His postgraduate research has focused on gender issues within the early childhood workforce.

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Richard is an experienced early years practitioner who has teaching and managerial experience within a variety of early years settings in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.  He has also worked as a reviewer for the National Childcare Accreditation Council in Australia. Richard's first degree was in Psychology (Otago, NZ). He then qualified with a Bachelors of Education and Diploma of Teaching (Otago, NZ).  He also holds a MEd in Early Childhood Research (QUT, Australia).  


  • Men in Early Childhood Education Workshop. Invited panel member. Early Childhood Council / Ministry of Education, Christchurch NZ March 2007
  • Men in ECE the costs of men being absent, and the benefits of having them there. Member of panel for open forum discussion. Early Childhood Council Annual Conference, Christchurch NZ March 2007
  • What we want to see happening to encourage and involve more men. Chair of plenary session of the inaugural Men in Early Child Care and Teaching Summit, Christchurch, New Zealand, March 2007
  • The Men as Role Models Argument: A Case for Researching Children's Views. Presentation to the 10th NZ Early Childhood Research Conference, Porirua New Zealand, December 2006
  • 'The meaning of Life' Can one theory explain development? Presentation to the European Community / Canadian Exchange Conference, University of East London. November 2005


  • Harty (2007) The Men as Role Models Argument: A Case for Researching Children's Views. NZ Research in Early Childhood Education, Vol. 9


BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

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  • ED1009 - Introduction to Early Childhood Studies
  • ED1034 - Developing Learning in Early Childhood
  • ED2019 - Understanding and Supporting Behaviour
  • ED2031 - Children, Culture and Globalisation
  • ED3016 - Management in Early Years Settings
  • ED3019 - Explaining Behaviour