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Dr Sheryl Lee Ferguson
Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Whakatōhea, Ngāpuhi

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Background Summary:

I recently graduated with my PhD. I was a young mother when I returned to study after being away from the education system for 15 years. I left school at 15 with no formal qualifications, eager to explore life. As a second-chance learner, I have empathy for the adult returning student and some of the issues they face. Life plans and goals are very important to me and I set these goals every five years. I am fortunate to have whānau who have supported me throughout my years as an adult student. I strongly believe we need to nurture our tamariki and ensure their goals and aspirations are realised. Education, the imparting and acquiring of knowledge through teaching and learning, is the key to unleashing the talent and potential of our tamariki/mokopuna. I became interested in e-Education after completing a Post Graduate qualification at the University of Waikato, and I decided that e-Education would be the focus for my PhD study. My thesis title is e-Aorangi, an indigenous model for e-Education. e-Education is borderless – it’s anytime, anywhere. It offers students who are geographically removed from the main campus in Whakatāne the opportunity to access quality education without having to relocate.