Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand

An interdisciplinary conference on teaching and learning research in Higher education

Massey University
25th and 26th November 2003

Conference details

The conference will be held over two days at the Training and Development Unit, Massey University, Palmerston North. TDU is located on the corner of Jickell Street and Centennial Drive adjacent to the Hokowhitu site.

The cost is $125 which includes registration, lunches and the conference dinner.


The conference will provide a forum for enquiry into learning and teaching in the tertiary sector of New Zealand. It aims to support and develop a community who share a common interest in research. At a time when universities and polytechnics are under considerable external pressure to change it will provide an opportunity to step back and examine the direction in which education is moving, and the means by which practitioners might influence that direction. A distinctive feature of the conference is the emphasis on creating time for discussion and space for reflection. We aim to continue a discussion which transcends disciplinary boundaries, and to promote further exploration of a research approach to teaching and learning.


The conference is highly participative. Sessions are of two kinds: host sessions and workshops. Host sessions are groups which meet three times during the conference to discuss issues of common interest and share responses to the various parallel workshop sessions. Workshops (which may also take the form of open discussion around a theme or other activity) can cover any area within tertiary education research.

Workshop themes?

There are no set themes for workshops. However we would envisage that contributors would wish to explore current, new thinking and controversial and unresolved issues within teaching and learning in tertiary education.

Who To Contact


Tony Harland, University of Otago


Tom Prebble, Massey University


Stanley Frielick, University of Auckland


Kathryn Sutherland, University of Victoria


Conference Administrator

Jillian Tourelle, University of Otago

Conference Timetable