Alan Bishop was born in Invercargill and educated at Clifton School, South School, Tweedsmuir Intermediate, Southland Technical and Naenae College. He attended Victoria University of Wellington where he graduated with a B.A in 1970 and BA (Hons) in 1979. He gained a Diploma of Teaching from Christchurch Teachers’ College in 1974, a Diploma of Education from Massey University in 1986 and an MA from Otago University in 1990. Bishop was a teacher of social sciences and te reo Māori in high schools in Porirua. He went to Rarotonga on a two-year teaching contract and rewrote the Social Science Syllabus using "Faces 6 and 7" as models, and prepared six textbooks for teachers. In 1990, he was appointed Lecturer in the Education Department of the University of Otago and has recently taken up a new appointment in Hamilton. He was a foundation member of Te Ropu Rangahau Tikanga Rua, a bicultural research group. Bishop writes non-fiction articles and publications.
- Correspondence from Alan Bishop, 17 Mar. 1993.
- "The Impact of a Mission School Education upon the Life Choices of a Bicultural Family in Lower Waikato, New Zealand, 1840-1865." Access (Dec. 199?). No further details.
- A Hurricane Warning is Now in Force in Rarotonga. Comp. Russell Bishop. Rarotonga: Cook Islands Topographical Services, nd.
- Bishop chronicles the path of tropical cyclone Sally through the Cook Islands and on to Rarotonga at the end of 1986 and early 1987. He also gives details of the emergency services, aftermath, eye-witness accounts, factual details concerning the nature of tropical cyclones and a photographic record of the devastation wrought by the hurricane.
- The Cook Islands: Images of Polynesia. Rarotonga: Cook Islands Topographical Services, .
- Text written by Robin Brill. Photography by Russell Bishop. Layout design by Rick Welland.
A travel guide with brief history and overview of climate, politics, religion, recreational pursuits and tourist information of the Cook Islands combined with a photographic portrait of the people, landscape and settlement of the Cook Islands
- "Whakamua ki 1990: Proceedings of the Conference." Wellington, N.Z.: Wellington College of Education, 1990.
- Co-authors R. Bishop and M. Mills.
- "The Impact of a Mission School Education on a Bicultural Family in Lower Waikato, New Zealand, 1840-1865." Proceedings of the ANZHES Conference. Wollongong, Australia, 1991. No further details.
- Rangahau Tauira: Examples of Student Research. Ed. R. Bishop, J. Bradley and R. Tokona. Monograph No. 2, Te Ropu Rangaha Tikanga Rua, Department of Education, U of Otago, 1992.
- An evaluation of Te Rapu Huarahi mo te katoa hui. A report commissioned by Te Puni Kokiri and Quest Rapuara. R. Bishop, J. Bradley and R. Tokona. Te Ropu Rangahau Tikanga Rua, Monograph No. 3, Department of Education, University of Otago, 1992.
- "He Kanohi Kitea: Conducting and Evaluating Educational Research." New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies 17.2 (1992): 3-13.
- Co-authors R. Bishop and T. Glynn.
- "A Focus for Student Research." Rangahau Tauira: Examples of Student Research. Eds. R. Bishop, J. Bradley and R. Tokona. Monograph No. 2, Te Ropu Rangaha Tikanga Rua, Department of Education, U of Otago, 1992.
- The Establishment of a Bicultural Research Group within the Education Department of the University of Otago - a Paper submitted to the Otago Māori Council. Te Ropu Rangahau Tikanga Rua, Department of Education, U of Otago, 1992.
- "Participant Driven Empowering Research: Issues Arising in a Bicultural Context." Proceedings of the Joint NZARE/AARE Conference, Geelong, Australia, 1992.
- "Student Practicum as Participant Driven Empowering Research: A Preliminary Investigation." Co-authors R. Bishop and A. Kapa. Proceedings of the Joint NZARE/AARE Conference, Geelong, Australia, 1992.
- "Cross-Cultural Competence." Co-authors R. Bishop and T. Glynn. Proceedings of the Inaugural Special Education Service Conference. Dunedin, N.Z., 1993.
- "Student Practicum as Participant Driven Empowering Research: A Preliminary Investigation." Co-authors R. Bishop and A. Kapa. Proceedings of the Inaugural Special Education Service Conference. Dunedin, N.Z., 1993.
- "The Waikato Mission Schools of Reverend Robert Maunsell: Hegemony and Conflict." Historical Studies in Rural Education in Australasia. Ed. R. C. Petersen and G. S. Rodwell, 1993. No further details.
- "Te Ropu Rangahau Tikanga Rua: The need for Emancipatory Research, Under the Control of Māori People for the Betterment of Māori People." New Zealand Annual Review of Education. Vol. 2. Ed. H. Manson. Wellington, N.Z.: Victoria University of Wellington Education Department, 1993.
- Collaborative Research Stories: Whakawhanaungatanga. Palmerston North, N.Z.: Dunmore, 1996.
- In his introduction, Bishop writes that this book of stories are by "a group of educational researchers who have addressed the importance of devolving power and control in research. They consider such an approach to be important in order to promote the self-determination (tino Rangātiratanga) of the research participants. The stories tell how they accepted the challenge of positioning themselves within the discursive practice that is Kaupapa (agenda) Māori. As a result, the stories examine how such positionings challenge what constitutes a methological and theoretical framework for research within Māori contexts in Aotearoa/New Zealand today."
- Implementing Treaty of Waitangi charter goals in tertiary institutions: A case study. Wellington, N.Z.: Syndicate of Educational Development Centres of NZ Universities, 1997.
- Co-authors S. Graham.
- "Interviewing as collaborative storying." Education Research and Perspectives 24.1 (1997): 28-47.
- "Māori people's concerns about research into their lives." History of Education Review 26.1 (1997): 25-41.
- "Achieving cultural integrity in education in Aotearoa/New Zealand." International perspectives on intercultural education. Ed. Cushner Kenneth. Mahwah, NJ and London: Lawrence Erlbaum (1998): 38-69
- Co-author T. Glynn.
- "He Whakawhanaungatanga Tikanga Rua: Establishing Family Links: A Bicultural Experience." MA diss. U of Otago, 1991.