The Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research was established by the University to undertake, support and disseminate research relating to the broad field of education. The Institute provides collaborative and innovative education research spanning from the early years of childhood, through to primary, secondary and the tertiary years. This research may be subject specific or cross curriculum involving interdisciplinary research teams. The research includes, but is not limited to, learning, teaching and assessment, curriculum, digital learning, engineering education, Māori education, literacy and numeracy, sports exercise and science, transitions, threshold concepts, university-school partnerships and education policy.

The Institute produces high quality, cost effective education research that is targeted at solving the real challenges that face education today. The research teams within the Institute have experience, depth in research capability and a history of successful research projects and reputable publications, that all contribute to the research excellence that WMIER provides. It is known for its local studies in classroom research and cross-divisional studies in tertiary pedagogy and curriculum. Policy evaluations, critiques and reviews are encouraged, as are studies from national and international perspectives.

Each year the Institute hosts a number of international and national visitors who contribute to its intellectual life through collaboration with staff and students. National and local conferences, symposiums and seminars are organised by the Institute to inform the academic and professional communities of research undertaken, and to promote knowledge transfer and debate. The Institute is host to the following Centres and Units: Assessment Across the Years (ARAY) Unit, The Early Years Research Centre, the Waikato Engineering Education Research Unit, the Unit for Postgraduate Research, the Waikato Picturebook Research Unit and the Video-Visual Research Group.

For more information, visit the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research website.