Academic Directorate

Teaching Excellence and Flexible Learning, Manager

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Ruth Crawford is a qualitative health researcher with a focus on interpersonal communication in health settings, a manager in the ITP sector, an educator and a registered nurse. Ruth’s doctoral research (2014) was an ethnographic study of emotional communication between nurses and parents of a child in hospital.  From her PhD, she developed an emotional communication framework for health professionals.

Ruth’s research interests have grown with national and international collaborative studies into Māori health workforce development; interprofessional education in collaboration with the University of Otago; experiences of nursing students undertaking paid work with three Australian universities; and factors influencing end-of-life care with the University of Canterbury.

She has supported Masters’ students to publish in peer-reviewed academic journals from their own research. In 2019 her research evidence portfolio was evaluated by the Performance-Based Research Fund and with her rating increasing since 2012.

Ruth’s research direction is increasingly supporting and encouraging tertiary education research, particularly in relation to improving teaching/learning practice. 

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