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Focus Consultancy is the educational advisory arm of the company Fenton and Associates Ltd which is owned by Christine Fenton and Michael Fenton. A sample of the type of research activity and teacher/lecturer professional development they do is indicated below and is not a complete list.


chrisDr Christine Fenton is the lead consultant for Focus Consultancy and has served the tertiary education sector for 20 years. She specialises in educational leadership, curriculum design and approvals, as well as academic systems including quality assurance policies and procedures. Christine has expert knowledge of Tertiary Education Commission and NZQA reporting, programme approval and auditing requirements. Christine also has expert knowledge and experience of preparing for External Evaluation and Review (EER) events,  having successfully implemented and advised on a number of systems that achieved the highest EER category 1 status. 


Awards and professional membership

  • Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year - Local Hero Medal recipient (2017)
  • Prime Minister's Education Excellence Award finalist (2015)
  • Waikato University Doctoral Scholar (2008 - 2010)
  • Excellence Award for Research (2010)
  • Research Leader Award (2009)
  • Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Co-convenor of the New Zealand Microbiologcal Society special interest group in Education
Contract / transition /  Change management positions
  • General Manager
  • Academic Quality Manager

Authorship

Fenton, C. (Editor, writer and project manager). 2012. 40 Years: Western Institute of Technology at
Taranaki. New Plymouth, New Zealand: Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki.
Fenton, C. 2010. Laboratory manual. Safe Science in Secondary Schools.
Fenton, C. 2010. Theory and achievement standards - Microbiology.

Edited Journal contributions
Fenton, C. (2011, Summer). (Ed.).  Te Iarere Wavelength: 5.
Fenton, C. (2011, Summer). Reflections on practice. Te Iarere Wavelength: 5, 5-6.
Fenton, C. (2011, Summer). Resistant learners: What aren't they telling you? Te Iarere Wavelength:5,
47-52.
Fenton, C. (Ed.). (2010, Summer). Te Iarere Wavelength: 4.
Fenton, C. (2010, Summer). Demystifying research. Te Iarere Wavelength: 4. 5-7.

Peer reviewer
Fenton, C. (2013-2016). Reviewer. The Journal of Doctoral Studies.
Fenton, C. (2007-2016). Reviewer. Articles submitted to Informing Science - The International Journal of
an Emerging Transdiscipline.
Fenton, C. (2010). Chapter Reviewer Microbiology. Hanson, M., Excellence in Biology: Year 11 NCEA 
Level 1, Nelson, New Zealand: Cengage Learning.

Professional bodies

Fenton, C. (2013). Academic quality representative on New Zealand Board of Engineering Diplomas and
QA Committee
Fenton, C. (2013).  Academic quality representative on Targetted/Mandatory Review of Qualifications 
NZQA.
Fenton, C. (2007-2010). Convenor, Special Interest Group (Education) at New
Zealand Microbiological Society Conferences.
Fenton, C. (2010-2011). New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) panellist. Review of science 
qualifications.
Fenton,C. (2009-2010). Sector advisor in the National Qualifications Services of New Zealand
Qualification Authority (NZQA) Science review panel meeting.

Thesis

Fenton, C. (2010). Doctor of Philosophy. Identifying an appropriate science curriculum for
undergraduate nursing in New Zealand. Centre for Science and Technology Education
Research, School of Science and Engineering, Waikato University, New Zealand.
Fenton, C. D. (1994). The Isolation and Characterisation of Caulobacter from Manawatu Water Systems. 
M.Sc. thesis, Massey University, Palmerston North.

Qualfication design / course writing

2016 New Zealand Board for Engineering Diplomas, Assessment and Moderation online training package


Oral presentations
Fenton, C., Handley, R., Lockett-Kay, J., West, G., & Wineera, T. (2012, November). What has worked
well for WITT? Kia oti Ä runga, kia oti Ä raro ka puta ai ki waho. Paper presented at ITP Conference 2012. Wellington, New Zealand.
Fenton, C. (2011, November 23-25). Identifying an appropriate science curriculum for undergraduate
nursing in New Zealand. Paper presented at Australasian Nurse Educators Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Fenton, C. (2010, November 30 - December 3). Presenter. New Zealand Microbiology Society Annual
Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
Fenton, C. (2009, July 8). Do nurses need to learn science? Paper presented at Centre for Science and
Technology Education Research Graduate Conference. Hamilton.

Workshop presentations

Fenton, C. (2013). Achievement Standards and Standard Based Assessment.  Western Institute of
Technology at Taranaki, New Zealand
Fenton, C. (2013). SOLO Taxonomy. Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, New Zealand    Fenton, C. (2011). Do I have to Research? Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, New Zealand Fenton, C. (2011). QA Processes - are they still important in an Evaluative World? Western Institute of
Technology at Taranaki, New Zealand
Fenton, C. (2010, November). Microbiological workshop for secondary teachers. New Zealand
Microbiological Society Conference for 2010. University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Website - archive material from New Zealand's only High School based research facility
Fenton, M and Fenton, C.D. 1998-2018. Nexus Research Group website


mikeMichael Fenton is a scientist, multiple-award-winning educator, public speaker and highly regarded lecturer, skilled in all areas of science and mathematics, as well as robotics and game design. He is a digital technology specialist familiar with teaching Computational Thinking and coding, as well as a curriculum designer with plenty of experience in instructional design for face-to-face and online learning by distance. Michael is known throughout New Zealand for leading teacher professional learning and development in Science and Mathematics teaching. He continues to build and invent his own amateur science equipment and robotics systems. In recent presentations Michael challenges some of the extraordinary claims being made about the benefits of digital technology and the Maker culture, wondering if 'celebrity' presenters are distracting teachers from designing engaging and authentic learning opportunities in science and mathemtics.

Awards and professional membership

  • Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year - Local Hero Medal recipient (2017)
  • Prime Minister's Education Excellence Award finalist (2015)
  • DEANZ E-Learning Excellence Award for contributions to e-Learning in New Zealand (2014)
  • New Zealand Ministry of Education E-Learning Fellow (2008)
  • Microsoft New Zealand Partners in Learning Innovative Teacher (2008)
  • New Zealand INTERFACE magazine "Best use of ICT in teaching" finalist (2008)
  • New Zealand Microbiology Society Postgraduate Prize (1991)
  • Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)
  • Member of the New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE)
  • Member of the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers (NZAMT)
  • Registered teacher
Thesis
Fenton, M. (1994). The Expression in Soil Bacteria of the Symbiotic Genes from Rhizobium
leguminosarum Biovar trifolii. M.Sc. thesis, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Ministry of Education eLearning Fellowship report
Fenton, M. (2008). Authentic learning using mobile sensor technology with reflections on the state of 
science education in New Zealand. CORE Education Ltd, e-Learning Fellowship research report for the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

Qualification design /curriculum design / course writing
  • 2016 New Zealand Board for Engineering Diplomas, Assessment and Moderation online training package
  • 2014-2016 Graduate Diploma in Primary Mathematics Teaching (The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand)
  • 2011-2012 Graduate Diploma in Primary Science Teaching (The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand)
  • 2006-2010 Level 2 NCEA Applied Mathematics, Level 3 NCEA Physics, Level 3 NCEA Calculus, Introduction to Gemes Design and Coding. (Inglewood High School)
  • 2005 Various Level 5 courses for the Diploma in ICT (The Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki)
  • 2002 World Interactive Software. Physics Interactive CD-ROM, distributed by Roadshow Entertainment (NZ) Ltd.
Local, national and international media 
  • 2018 Taranaki Daily News, March 22. "Robots with a mission"
  • 2018 North Taranaki Midweek, March 27. "Science Fair challenges all"
  • 2014 Taranaki Daily News, May 9. "Support for science teachers gets positive reaction"
  • 2009 Televison New Zealand, Close Up current affairs programme, 22 October. Science and technology feature
  • 2009 Radio Live, 22 August. "World at Noon" interviews.
  • 2009 North and South, March. "Making school work"
  • 2009 Taranaki Daily News, 21 August. "Shoppers get shock and it's not from the prices"
  • 2009 North Taranaki Midweek, June 24. "Robots test skills"
  • 2009 Game Maker Technology Magazine Issue 16, June. "Game Maker in Schools"
  • 2009 North Taranaki Midweek, May 20. "School radio station a tool for learning"
  • 2008 EDUVAC Education Weekly, October 20. "Award for Inglewood innovator"
  • 2008 Taranaki Daily News, October 16. "Invention one out of the box"  
  • 2008 Taranaki Daily News, April 30. "Shining a light on the future"

Website - archive material from New Zealand's only High School based research facility

Fenton, M and Fenton, C.D. 1998-2018. Nexus Research Group website

Oral presentations / guest speaker

Fenton, M. (2017). 5 things all teachers should know about the Digital Technologies curriculum.
EdTalks. ULearn2017 conference, CORE Education Ltd.
Fenton, M. (2016, July 10-13). Keynote; From Galileo to LIGO: Reclaiming the Maker Space for Science.
SciCon 2016 conference, Lower Hutt.
Fenton, M. (2014, August 13-15). Keynote address; Enlightenment and education:  a journey through
time and space. Open Polytechnic Learning Conference, Open Polytechnic, Lower Hutt. 
Winter, M., Anderson, D., Fenton, M. and Glasson, B. (2010, July). Supporting the Primary Science
Teacher Fellows - Transforming Primary Science. SciCon 2010 conference, Nelson.
Fenton, M. (2009, May 26th - 29th).  RIGEL - Learning from Life: Communities of learning via a
connected curriculum. Microsoft Partners in Learning Regional Innovative Teachers conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Fenton, M. (2009, September). Bridging the gap between technology enthusiasts and skeptics. EdTalks,
CORE Education Ltd.
Fenton, M. (2008, November 7). I don't use technology, does that make me a bad teacher? Western
Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) Research Forum workshop.

Workshops / presentations
Fenton, M. (2018, July 9-12). Beyond Fair Tests - other investigation strategies to engage reluctant
learners. New Zealand Association of Science Educators SciCon conference, Christ's College, Christchurch.
Fenton, M. (2018, July 9-12). Inspiring tomorrow's scientists: Doing Science through the Digital
        Technologies curriculum.
New Zealand Association of Science Educators SciCon conference,
Christ's College, Christchurch.
Fenton, M. (2017, October 11-13). Gamification and digital technolgies for effective mathematics
teaching. CORE Education ULearn2017 conference, Hamilton Convention Centre.
Fenton, M. (2017, October 11-13). Reclaiming the Maker Space for effective Science teaching.
       CORE Education ULearn2017 conference, Hamilton Convention Centre.
Fenton, M. (2016, July 10-13). $10 digital multimeters for authentic science at school and home;
reclaiming the 'maker culture' of amateur science. SciCon 2016 conference, Lower Hutt.
Fenton, M. (2015). Primary mathematics teaching online: rich tasks for cross-curricula learning. New
        Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers Biennial Conference 2015. AUT University, Auckland,
        New Zealand.

Anderson, D., Fenton, M., Glasson, B., and Winter, M. (2010 - 2014). Primary Science Teacher
Fellowship  curriculum support workshops, Royal Society of New Zealand, Wellington.
Fenton, M. and Fenton, C.D. (2014, July 6-10). Primary teachers' authentic experiences of the nature of 
science by distance learning. SciCon 2014 conference, Otago Boys' High School.
Fenton, M. (2013, December). Quality teaching workshop for science and mathematics. Tauhara
College.
Fenton, M. (2013, November 20). Authentic science and mathematics investigations using multimeters. 
Science Technicians workshop, Massey Univeristy, Palmerston North.
Fenton, M. (2013, October 9-11). Students leading learning in science and mathematics at home or
school: New uses for multimeters. ULearn13 conference, Hamilton Convention Centre.
Fenton, M. (2012,  September). Achievement based assessment in a tertiary setting. Western Institute
of Technology at Taranaki.
Fenton, M. (2008, October 7-10). Interactive eLearning tools for Mathematics, Science and Robotics:
The RIGEL project. ULearn08 conference, Christchurch Convention Centre.
Fenton, M. (2007, September 25 - 28). Interactive ICT tools for Mathematics, Science and Robotics -
getting the most from Game Maker. New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers conference at St Cuthberts.
Fenton, C.D. and Fenton, M. (2002). Crime Scene Investigation 3-day workshop. Delivered
with assistance from the New Plymouth CIB

Publications
Fenton, M. (2017). The Digital Technologies curriculum; Inspiring the coders of tomorrow or yesterday?
       ULearn2017 conference, Hamilton Convention Centre.
Fenton, M., Fenton, C. (2016). Research poster. Classroom teachers' experiences of Science through
courses delivered online by distance; breaking the boundaries of time and space. SciCon 2016 conference, Lower Hutt.
Fenton, M., Fenton, C. (2015). Primary teachers' experiences of professional development in Science by
distance learning. Proceedings of the New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education international
        conference, Integrating learning, work and community. 15th - 17th of April, 2015, Massey
        University, Wellington, New Zealand

Fenton, M. (2011). Using a digital multi-meter as an inexpensive data-logger substitute. SCIOS. Science
Teachers Association of Western Australia.
Fenton, M. (2010, March).  Getting digital and dirty in Maths and Science. New Zealand  INTERFACE,
Issue 22.
Fenton, M. (2009). New Zealand INTERFACE, Vol 19, No.761. Teaching and the F-word: fun.
Fenton, M. (2008). Pedagogy and student involvement. In Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy
Generation (EnviroPower) Pilot Completion Report. Venture Taranaki Trust.
Fenton, M. (2008). ICT: Interested in Conversations and Thinking. Eduvac, The Education Weekly, Vol ,
19, No.761.
Fenton, M. (2007). Innovative ICT black box. Eduvac, The Education Weekly, Vol 18, No.709.
Bishop,R., Ryan,C., Durdle,B., Fenton,C., Fenton,M. (2006). An integrated monitoring, control and
biochemical system to reduce the reliance of biological filtration in recirculation seawater aquaculture systems. Proceedings of the World Aquaculture Society, Aqua 2006.
Fenton, C.D., Fenton M., and Raynes, A. (2001). Microbiology Misconceptions in Secondary Schools.
Proceedings of the New Zealand Microbiological Society conference, Wellington, New Zealand.
Broad, J and Fenton, M. (2001). Education under the Microscope. Proceedings of the New Zealand
Microbiological Society conference, Wellington, New Zealand.
Fenton, M., and Fenton C.D., and Stewart K. (1999). The Isolation and Characterisation of New
Zealand Caulobacter Species. Proceedings of the New Zealand Microbiological Society conference, Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Fenton, M., Fenton C.D. (1999). Light Photomicroscopy using an Internet Webcam Digital Camera.
Proceedings of the New Zealand Microbiological Society conference, Otago University, Dunedin, New
Zealand.
Brown,T.J., Kelly,P.J., Ionas, G., Clarke, J.M., Fenton, M., & Pickering, M. (1994). Giardia and Giardiasis
in New Zealand. In Thompson, Reynoldson & Lymbery, (eds). Giardia: From Molecules to Disease. p124-125.
Jarvis, B.D.W., and Fenton, M. (1994). Expression of the Symbiotic Plasmid From Rhizobium
leguminosarum Biovar trifolii in Sphingobacterium multivorum. Canadian Journal of Microbiology. 40:873-879
Jarvis, B.D.W., and Tighe, S.W. (1994). Rapid Identification of Rhizobium Species Based on Cellular
Fatty Acid Analysis. Plant and Soil.
Rao, J.R., Fenton, M., and Jarvis B.D.W. (1994). Symbiotic Plasmid Transfer in Rhizobium
leguminosarum Biovar trifolii and Competition Between the Inoculant Strain ICMP2163 and Transconjugant Soil Bacteria. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 26:339-351.
Fenton, M., and Jarvis, B.D.W. (1991, August). Plasmid Transfer in Soil / Plant Environments. New
Zealand Microbiological Society newsletter.
 
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