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Alaster Gibson

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Dr Alaster Gibson
Dr Alaster Gibson
Certification : PhD (Educational Leadership), MEdAdmin(Hons)
Staff Code : #
Phone : 07 562 2930
Email : a.gibson@bti.ac.nz

Biography

Alaster teaches in the Primary Teacher Education programme and supervises thesis research in the Master of Professional Practice and Leadership degree. He has served on BTI’s research and research ethics committees and been involved in teacher education programme in the Kingdom of Tonga and on the Thai-Burmese border for many years. He has served as an editorial intern for the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education (2016) and occasionally provides peer reviews of manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Research on Christian Education (USA) and the Educational Management, Administration and Leadership Journal (UK).

His doctoral research through the University of Waikato, focused on spirituality in principal leadership and its influence on teachers and teaching. His MEd Admin research (Massey University) explored the role of principal leadership in teaching and learning. He has served on the Bay of Plenty Branch of the New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society from 2009-2012 which included facilitating meetings with national and international educational leaders and being convenor for the biennial international NZEALS conference in Tauranga in 2012.

Alaster has research published in national and international journals and has research interests in teacher-leadership, compassion in teaching and collaborative action research. Current research is directed towards understanding effective teaching of students with social, emotional, and mental health needs. Alaster also has a diploma in Christian Ministries and is passionate about facilitating holistic, action oriented, critical professional inquiry that leads to sustainable and effective outcomes.

Alaster is married to Annette and they have three children, Isaac, Jessica, and Holly. Alaster enjoys fishing adventures, gardening, evangelism, and Bible teaching. Key scripture is, ‘For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus’ who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.’ 1 Timothy 2:5-6

Research

Blake, J. & Gibson, A. (2020). Critical friends group protocols deepen conversations in
collaborative action research. Educational Action Research, 28(1) [electronic version]. https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/reac20/28/1
DOI: 10.1080/09650792.2020.1717568

Gibson, A. (Ed.). (2019). Teachers training college, Thai-Burmese border 2012-2018. Available at https://www.bti.ac.nz/uploads/1/1/8/2/118285067/2019_noh_boh_stories_e-book.pdf

Gibson, A., & Blake, J. (Eds.). (2018). Celebrating 25 years of teacher education: Inspiring professional stories from BTI alumni. Tauranga, New Zealand: BTI Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-473-46146-1. Available at https://bti.ac.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/2018_25th_anniversary_e_book_2.pdf

Gibson, A., & Blake, J. (2018). Improving teaching practice and student learning through collaborative action research: A case study of an effective partnership programme involving teacher-educators and four middle school teachers. In R. V. Nata (Ed.), Progress in Education (Vol. 55, pp. 39-77). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers Inc.

Gibson, A., & Chihota, C. (Eds.). (2018). Modelling Christ’s love and hope within professional
practice. ICCE Proceedings: Conference peer reviewed papers. Tauranga, New Zealand: BTI Publishing. Available at http://www.bti.ac.nz/uploads/1/1/8/2/118285067/2018_icce_conference_e-book_of_peer_reviewed_papers.pdf
Gibson, A. (2016). Exploring spirituality in the teacher-leadership role of mentoring through
collaborative action research. TEACH Journal of Christian Education, 10(1), 33-40. Available at: http://research.avondale.edu.au/teach/vol10/iss1/8
Gibson, A. (2016). Joy and peace in teaching: A review of the research literature and biblical
perspectives. In A. Imig; D. Pennoyer, E. Wibowo; G. Tjioe; J. Allen; K. Dixon; L. Idawati; M. Lucas; T. Drown; & T. Kim (Eds.), 2nd International Christian Higher Education Conference Proceedings (2016). Finding our place in the biblical story (pp. 105-134). Karawaci, Indonesia: Universitas Pelita Harapan Press. ISBN: 978-979-9103-88-8
Gibson, A. (2016). Joy and peace in teaching: Keys to effective pedagogy and well-being. In R. V. Nata (Ed.), Progress in Education (Vol. 40, pp. 1 – 36). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers Inc.
Gibson, A. (2015). Transformative spirituality: meanings, challenges and practice of
compassion in educational contexts. In E. Roberts (Ed.), Spirituality: Global practices, societal attitudes and effects on health, (pp. 44-89). New York, NY: Nova Publishers.
Gibson, A. (2015). Meanings and applications of compassion in teaching: A practical review
of the Bible and educational literature. Christian Education Journal 12(1), 8-25.
Gibson, A. (2014). Principals’ and teachers’ views of spirituality in principal leadership in
three primary schools. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 42(4), 520-535. DOI: 10.1177/1741143213502195.
Gibson, A. (2014). Exploring spirituality in teaching within a Christian school context through
collaborative action research. ICCTE Journal 9(1), 1-14. Available from http://icctejournal.org/issues/v9i1/v9i1-gibson/
Gibson, A. (2011). Leadership focused on an ethic of care. In R. Notman (Ed.), Successful
educational leadership in New Zealand: Case studies of school and an early childhood centre, (pp. 63-74). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.
Gibson, A. (2011). Spirituality in educational leadership: Engaging with the research. TEACH Journal of Christian Education, 5(10), 35-42.
Available from http:// research.avondale.edu.au/teach/vol5/iss1/9/
Gibson, A. (2005). The role of the principal in leadership in teaching and learning. New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, 20(1), 65-78.

Meet our Staff

At BTI, you will learn from staff who are experienced teachers and educators, researchers, practitioners, health workers and graduates themselves. Many have worked in private practice, for public institutions and for universities in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas 

Dr Alaster Gibson
Dr Alaster Gibson
Certification : PhD (Educational Leadership), MEdAdmin(Hons)
Staff Code :
Phone : 07 562 2930
Email : a.gibson@bti.ac.nz

Biography

Alaster teaches in the Primary Teacher Education programme and supervises thesis research in the Master of Professional Practice and Leadership degree. He has served on BTI’s research and research ethics committees and been involved in teacher education programme in the Kingdom of Tonga and on the Thai-Burmese border for many years. He has served as an editorial intern for the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education (2016) and occasionally provides peer reviews of manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Research on Christian Education (USA) and the Educational Management, Administration and Leadership Journal (UK).

His doctoral research through the University of Waikato, focused on spirituality in principal leadership and its influence on teachers and teaching. His MEd Admin research (Massey University) explored the role of principal leadership in teaching and learning. He has served on the Bay of Plenty Branch of the New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society from 2009-2012 which included facilitating meetings with national and international educational leaders and being convenor for the biennial international NZEALS conference in Tauranga in 2012.

Alaster has research published in national and international journals and has research interests in teacher-leadership, compassion in teaching and collaborative action research. Current research is directed towards understanding effective teaching of students with social, emotional, and mental health needs. Alaster also has a diploma in Christian Ministries and is passionate about facilitating holistic, action oriented, critical professional inquiry that leads to sustainable and effective outcomes.

Alaster is married to Annette and they have three children, Isaac, Jessica, and Holly. Alaster enjoys fishing adventures, gardening, evangelism, and Bible teaching. Key scripture is, ‘For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus’ who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.’ 1 Timothy 2:5-6

Research

Blake, J. & Gibson, A. (2020). Critical friends group protocols deepen conversations in
collaborative action research. Educational Action Research, 28(1) [electronic version]. https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/reac20/28/1
DOI: 10.1080/09650792.2020.1717568

Gibson, A. (Ed.). (2019). Teachers training college, Thai-Burmese border 2012-2018. Available at https://www.bti.ac.nz/uploads/1/1/8/2/118285067/2019_noh_boh_stories_e-book.pdf

Gibson, A., & Blake, J. (Eds.). (2018). Celebrating 25 years of teacher education: Inspiring professional stories from BTI alumni. Tauranga, New Zealand: BTI Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-473-46146-1. Available at https://bti.ac.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/2018_25th_anniversary_e_book_2.pdf

Gibson, A., & Blake, J. (2018). Improving teaching practice and student learning through collaborative action research: A case study of an effective partnership programme involving teacher-educators and four middle school teachers. In R. V. Nata (Ed.), Progress in Education (Vol. 55, pp. 39-77). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers Inc.

Gibson, A., & Chihota, C. (Eds.). (2018). Modelling Christ’s love and hope within professional
practice. ICCE Proceedings: Conference peer reviewed papers. Tauranga, New Zealand: BTI Publishing. Available at http://www.bti.ac.nz/uploads/1/1/8/2/118285067/2018_icce_conference_e-book_of_peer_reviewed_papers.pdf
Gibson, A. (2016). Exploring spirituality in the teacher-leadership role of mentoring through
collaborative action research. TEACH Journal of Christian Education, 10(1), 33-40. Available at: http://research.avondale.edu.au/teach/vol10/iss1/8
Gibson, A. (2016). Joy and peace in teaching: A review of the research literature and biblical
perspectives. In A. Imig; D. Pennoyer, E. Wibowo; G. Tjioe; J. Allen; K. Dixon; L. Idawati; M. Lucas; T. Drown; & T. Kim (Eds.), 2nd International Christian Higher Education Conference Proceedings (2016). Finding our place in the biblical story (pp. 105-134). Karawaci, Indonesia: Universitas Pelita Harapan Press. ISBN: 978-979-9103-88-8
Gibson, A. (2016). Joy and peace in teaching: Keys to effective pedagogy and well-being. In R. V. Nata (Ed.), Progress in Education (Vol. 40, pp. 1 – 36). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers Inc.
Gibson, A. (2015). Transformative spirituality: meanings, challenges and practice of
compassion in educational contexts. In E. Roberts (Ed.), Spirituality: Global practices, societal attitudes and effects on health, (pp. 44-89). New York, NY: Nova Publishers.
Gibson, A. (2015). Meanings and applications of compassion in teaching: A practical review
of the Bible and educational literature. Christian Education Journal 12(1), 8-25.
Gibson, A. (2014). Principals’ and teachers’ views of spirituality in principal leadership in
three primary schools. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 42(4), 520-535. DOI: 10.1177/1741143213502195.
Gibson, A. (2014). Exploring spirituality in teaching within a Christian school context through
collaborative action research. ICCTE Journal 9(1), 1-14. Available from http://icctejournal.org/issues/v9i1/v9i1-gibson/
Gibson, A. (2011). Leadership focused on an ethic of care. In R. Notman (Ed.), Successful
educational leadership in New Zealand: Case studies of school and an early childhood centre, (pp. 63-74). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.
Gibson, A. (2011). Spirituality in educational leadership: Engaging with the research. TEACH Journal of Christian Education, 5(10), 35-42.
Available from http:// research.avondale.edu.au/teach/vol5/iss1/9/
Gibson, A. (2005). The role of the principal in leadership in teaching and learning. New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, 20(1), 65-78.

Dr Alaster Gibson
Dr Alaster Gibson
Educator/Kaiako, Master of Professional Practice & Leadership, Primary Teaching, Senior Educator, Teacher Education
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PhD (Educational Leadership), MEdAdmin(Hons)
Staff code #
07 562 2930
a.gibson@bti.ac.nz
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