Faculty of Education and Social Work


About us

Welcome, Kia ora, Kia orana, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, Ni Hau.

Tēnā koutou katoa

Nau mai haere mai… and a warm welcome to the School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice.

The School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice focuses on research and teaching in the following areas:

  • Educational, developmental and social psychology
  • Learning, teaching and assessment
  • Educational leadership
  • Teacher learning and development
  • The professional practice of teaching

Much of the research in the School is focused on investigating and informing practice. We have a strong local, national and international reputation. More than sixty academic staff contribute to teaching, research and leadership. Our faculty has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methodology. These research methods give rise to substantial innovative national and international research and professional development contracts (for example, Triple P - Positive Parenting Programme, Opportunities to Learn on the Practicum - Making Trustworthy Practice-based Judgements of Graduating Teachers Project and Overcoming Inequalities in Schools and Learning Communities: Innovative Action for a New Century – SALEACOM). School research focuses on relevant real-world problems, investigating issues identified in our communities.

Academic staff make significant contributions to teaching and supervision in professional teacher education and liberal arts programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These contributions include doctoral levels with PhD and EdD inquiry pathways. We also contribute to wider Faculty of Education and Social Work programmes in the areas of leadership and management. In addition, the staff contribute to programmes in the Arts and Science faculties. Our teaching and supervision demonstrate innovation through the use of multimodal pedagogies and a commitment to creating vibrant learning for a diverse range of students including a commitment to supporting Māori and Pāsifika student success. The dedication to high quality teaching, learning and research is facilitated and complemented by high quality professional administrative staff.

We are responsive to our students and professional communities, building positive relationships, disseminating research and fostering debate that will benefit society. We anticipate that you will be challenged, inspired and learn from your engagement with our dynamic and diverse teaching and research community.

Thank you for enabling our School to be a part of your tertiary education journey. We look forward to seeing you in a course or at one of our School, Faculty of Education and Social Work, or University events.

Ngā mihi nui - Many thanks, 

Richard Hamilton  

Head of School