Faculty of Education and Social Work



The School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice makes a strong contribution to education in New Zealand with an outstanding reputation in research, teaching and scholarship.

Our school focuses on teaching and research supervision in the following areas:

  • Educational and social psychology;
  • Developmental psychology;
  • Learning, teaching and assessment;
  • Gifted Education;
  • Educational leadership;
  • Childhood Studies
  • Teacher learning and development;
  • The professional practice of teaching.

The courses offered each year can be found using the PG Courses link.

Our staff have experience and expertise in supervising theses or dissertations using a range of research methodologies (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods) and methods (e.g. survey research; case study; practitioner inquiry).

Drawing on their contextual knowledge and expertise, staff are able to supervise research projects sited within a broad range of:

  • educational contexts (e.g. Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education; Higher Education; International Education)
  • wider community contexts (e.g Youthwork; Parenting)
  • doctoral programmes (e.g. PhD; EdD)
  • masters programmes (e.g. MA in Education; M.Ed; M.EdLdr; MProfStuds)
  • honours programmes (B.Ed (Tchg); BA in Education)

Use either the ‘Find a Thesis’ or 'Find a Supervisor’ link on this page to learn more about staff interests and expertise.

Our school has 2 Postgraduate Advisers who can provide advice about:

  • the courses offered within our school;
  • the relationship between course work and a proposed research topic;
  • selecting a research topic;
  • selecting a research supervisor(s)

The postgraduate Advisers are

Associate Professor Helen Dixon - h.dixon@auckland.ac.nz                Dr Kane Meissel - k.meissel@auckland.ac.nz