About the Institute of Education

Teacher and student

The Institute of Education was created to address the big educational issues.

Our teaching, research and outreach activities focus on:

  • Explaining the nature of lifelong and lifewide education

  • Improving the processes of formal, professional and everyday educational settings

  • Understanding the contribution of learning and teaching to personal, family, organisational and community development

  • Reducing educational inequalities.

We offer world-class qualifications in a range of general and professional education subjects. We provide excellent research training at masterate and doctoral levels. Our academic staff are strongly connected to regional, national and international communities of research interest. We undertake significant outreach work both in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas.


We have a wide range of doctorally qualified staff, including senior researchers who have achieved national and international distinctions, early career academics and emerging research stars of the future. Our teaching approaches combine student-led traditional graduate and postgraduate study and technology-enhanced, contemporary, blended-learning environments. Many staff are engaged in externally funded research to improve educational policies, practices, learning experiences and outcomes.


We are committed to creating inclusive bicultural and multicultural learning communities. Our research and research training programmes encourage mixed methods research. Our blended-learning communities bring together scholarly, professional and community interests. Our outreach includes international short courses, degree and higher degree qualifications, and national and regional professional learning and development contracts. We have a lively community of international doctoral students and visiting scholars.


The Massey University Institute of Education was established in 2013 in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It was previously the College of Education, which was formed in 1996 when the Massey University Faculty of Education merged with the Palmerston North College of Education. The original Department of Education was created with the establishment of Massey University as an independent university in January 1964. The department had eight academic staff including the foundation head of department, Professor C.G.N. Hill.

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