Institute of Professional Learning: Te Whai Toi Tāngata

The Institute of Professional Learning (IPL) in the Faculty of Education provides professional learning and development in the broad field of education, both nationally and internationally. This involves both short and long term programmes in areas such as educational leadership, coaching and mentoring, curriculum development, assessment and evaluation, information technology and eLearning, adult education, pedagogy, and policy development. It offers professional learning and development from early childhood education, through the compulsory education sector and into the tertiary level sector.

The Institute engages in the delivery of the 'content' of professional learning but is also concerned with the 'practice' of professional learning. Its work connects professional practice to research and qualifications. A significant portion of the Institute's activities involves partnerships with iwi and other educational providers and programmes are offered in both English and te reo Māori.

The Institute’s international linkages are focused in three main areas:

  • Work with Ministries of Education from different countries, mainly in the Asia/Pasific region at present, to offer teacher professional development either in-country, or with key staff coming to the Institute.
  • Work with academic staff from other Universities, again mainly in the Asia/Pasific region to provide professional learning around tertiary teaching in English and best practice in tertiary teaching pedagogy.
  • International research linkages such as those built around the research focused on developing leadership capacity in the education sector.

Much of this work involves staff from across the University where specific content knowledge is provided by faculties, and coordination and professional practice input is provided by the IPL.

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