Centres & Units
WMIER hosts and supports a number of research centers, units and networks. These groups provide opportunities for the development of collaborative research projects and forums for the sharing of research expertise and ideas.
The Early Years Research Centre includes a group of scholars who have built a national and international reputation in the following three areas of research in the early years: pedagogy, policy and community connections. The Centre has a social justice agenda, aiming to make a difference for young children, early years teachers, families and whānau in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. The Centre provides a platform for coordinating, connecting and creating research that influences policy and informs scholars worldwide.
TEMS is composed of academic staff and students who are researching in Technology, Environmental, Mathematics, Science and STEM Education, including the role of digital technologies in these areas.
The Centre for Global Studies in Education Research (GSER) explores and researches the educational dimensions of global processes, inter connectivity, and intercultural education.
Centre for Research in Educational Leadership
The Centre for Research in Educational Leadership seeks through its many activities to achieve excellence in the provision of research, development and support in professional leadership for educators nationally and internationally.
The Waikato Engineering Education Research Unit has the objective of improving learning outcomes for engineering students. Its members include scholars from The University of Waikato's Division of Education, School of Science and School of Engineering, and WINTEC's Centre for Engineering and Industrial Design. The Unit coordinates and develops research projects that are designed to develop insights and expertise for curriculum innovation and teaching.
The Waikato Picturebook Research Unit has the prime objective of researching and analysing the picturebook form and exploring its pedagogical potentials. Members of the unit will carry out collaborative research into picturebook pedagogical practice in early childhood, primary and secondary classrooms, and within pre-service and in-service teacher education.
Members of the ARAY Unit undertake research into the nature and implications of assessment for students, teachers, families and whānau in early childhood settings, primary and secondary schools and tertiary contexts. Our research is underpinned by concerns for equity, improvement and social justice, and our intention to contribute to both theory, policy and practice. Our research interests range from the impact of moment-to-moment interactions and feedback to the meaning and consequences of large-scale international assessment regimes such as TIMSS and PISA. We collaborate with teachers, school leaders, policy makers and researchers and employ a diversity of research approaches and theoretical frames.
The visual-video research interest group is a pan-university group of scholars and emerging researchers who have an active interest in fostering and promoting visual or video research methodologies and practice. Our research interests draw from a range of multimodal techniques such as video, film, drawings, photography, storytelling, simulations, infographics, portraits and so forth to generate data and as analytic tools for understanding various phenomena. Our group of researchers come from diverse disciplines such as Education, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Management, Sciences, and more.