- M.A. (Hons) (Papers: 18th century Britain and Imperialism; New Zealand and ANZUS; Hussite Bohemia 1370-1437. Thesis: History of Fendalton and Northwest Christchurch 1850-1950. University of Canterbury)
- Postgraduate Diploma of Tertiary Teaching (University of Canterbury)
- B.A. (History and French, University of Canterbury)
- Cert. Ed. (Education, History, French, St. John's College, York)
- Trained Teacher’s Certificate (New Zealand)
- Dip.Teaching (NZ Department of Education)
James Hight Building, Level 3, Room 303A
Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext 4976
Learning Skills Centre
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
On finishing secondary school, Frieda taught in Uganda under the auspices of Voluntary Service Overseas. Back in England, Frieda studied Education and History in York and worked during a vacation as a counsellor at a summer camp in Pennsylvania USA. After marrying a Kiwi, she migrated to Christchurch, where she juggled employment, homebuilding and parenthood with study at the University of Canterbury. She undertook further papers in Education and Modern Languages extramurally through Massey University in the 1980s. Frieda graduated MA (Hons) in History in 2000 having written her thesis on the local history of Northwest Christchurch.
Frieda has lectured and tutored in the Academic Skills Centre since 1999. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching in 2006.
Frieda was a tutor in the School of History for 12 years, and has lectured in numerous courses in Medieval and Early Modern European History for Community Education since 1998.
Since 2006, Frieda has led five annual University of Canterbury history study tours to Britain, focussing on Northumbria; Welsh Borders; Devon and Cornwall; East Anglia; and Scotland: Shetland to the Southern Uplands.
In a new initiative, Frieda taught three UC Community Education sessions about Scotland on 27–28 February 2010 in Nelson Community Education.
Time and University commitments permitting, Frieda also gives talks on local and European history to community groups within the city or environs of Christchurch.
Frieda’s dissertation for the PGDipTertTchg, discussed the role of the one-to-one tutorial within the Academic Skills Centre in the development of a student’s enhanced conceptions of learning.
Frieda is undertaking further research into the experience of learning in History and the importance of a broad context and framework for the development of a student’s deeper learning and historical imagination.
Research into the local history of northwest Christchurch is also a particular ongoing interest. Frieda has published on the local history of northwest Christchurch incorporating the suburbs of Fendalton, Ilam, Bryndwr and Burnside, and is currently writing a history of the Canterbury settlement of Belfast.
Looser, F. (2005). Experiencing History through Community Education, in Learning Transitions, ed. R. Tobias, L. Tully, P. Beckman, & L. Petelo, Christchurch: Continuing & Bridging Education, University of Canterbury
Looser, F. (2002). Fendall's Legacy: a History of Fendalton and Northwest Christchurch, Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.
Looser, F. (2008). A Canterbury Brew: Families of Fendalton and the Borough of Belfast. From Coast to Coast. New Zealand Society of Genealogists Conference Proceedings, Christchurch, NZSG.
Cameron, C., Fraser, C., Looser, F., Thorns, G. (2005). Creating a professional identity. ATLAANZ Conference Proceedings 2004. New Plymouth, WITT, 19-25.
Cameron, C., Fraser, C., Looser, F., Thorns, G. (2004). Creating a professional identity. ATLAANZ Conference Proceedings 2003. Hamilton, University of Waikato, 143-6
Looser, Frieda (2004), Essays in engineering: teaching writing skills within an academic department. ATLAANZ Conference Proceedings 2003. Hamilton, University of Waikato, 53-7.