Research and evidence-based professional learning is key to being at the forefront of innovation and critical thinking about professional practice. Te Whai Toi Tangata Institute of Professional Learning provides high quality, research-informed professional learning and development that contribute to improved professional practice in early childhood centres, kura, schools and tertiary institutions nationally and internationally. We work in partnership with mana whenua in culturally responsive practice.

The urgency for transformative practice and for 21st century learning experiences for children and adults is driving innovation in education. Research evidence is essential in this rapidly changing context. This evidence not only informs the ongoing cycle of further innovation and provides a feedback loop in the development process. For example, the National Aspiring Principals' Programme has drawn on the best of international and national research, used multiple methodologies, and engaged the participants in data conversations. This ongoing data collection, analysis and interpretation, contributes to the quality of professional practice in a number of ways - describing implementation, determining influence on the development of key leadership concepts and co-constructing intentional coaching tools for leadership learning.


Te Whai Toi Tangata Institute of Professional Learning offers two annual scholarship packages. These are open to doctoral and masters level candidates who demonstrate a commitment to conducting research that investigates, and contributes to improving professional learning and development in early childhood centres, kura and schools in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

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