Our education researchers work on projects related to educational policy and practice, educational psychology, pedagogy and Māori education.

Their expertise, from early childhood to higher education, is often called on by national and international government and non-governmental agencies.


New App makes learning Māori fun

A new mobile phone application developed by Victoria University’s Faculty of Education, Te Kura Māori, looks set to change the way New Zealanders learn te reo Māori.

Helping Autistic Children to Communicate

Autism is a developmental disability affecting approximately one in every 150 children. Most of these children have difficulty communicating and around 25 percent fail to develop speech.

Identifying the best communication tools for autistic children without speech is the focus of research by Professor Jeff Sigafoos from the School of Educational Psychology and Pedagogy and Dr Dean Sutherland from the University of Canterbury.

E-learning a Powerful Tool for Teaching the Arts

Dance and drama teaching has traditionally involved face-to-face tuition, but research by Victoria’s Faculty of Education shows students may learn just as effectively through the combined efforts of their regular classroom teacher and an online dance and drama specialist.

Sport Means “Family and Church”—the Pasifika Experience

Increased participation in sport by New Zealand’s Pasifika communities is the goal of a research project led by Dr Barrie Gordon from the Faculty of Education.

The project, funded by Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC), was initiated after evidence—both anecdotal and from the results of a national survey—showed declining participation in sport among Pacific adults and young people.

Curriculum responses to the Christchurch earthquakes

Victoria University researchers have found that, thanks to the quick response of science and geography teachers across New Zealand, most senior secondary school students were learning about the Christchurch earthquakes almost immediately after the event.