The early learning team at Massey researches in a diverse range of interest areas related to teaching and learning for infants, toddlers, and young children (birth through age 8).

Our research is hands-on and applied in everyday learning settings (e.g., home, ECE settings, schools). We are also beginning a line of research using large-scale and longitudinal data.

We work in collaboration with families/whānau, kaiako, and other stakeholders to understand influences on children’s learning and to identify effective practices and professional learning and development needs for adults supporting children’s learning to ensure high-quality, culturally responsive early learning experiences to optimize outcomes for all tamariki and whānau.

Key Research Areas Across the Team Include

  • Intentional Teaching

  • Social-Emotional Teaching

  • Data-Informed Teaching

  • Play-Based Teaching & Learning

  • Early Intervention

  • Curriculum & Planning

  • Assessment

  • Transition

  • Infant Toddler Pedagogy

  • Inclusive Practices for Children with Learning Support Needs

  • Educational Leadership

  • Professional Learning & Development including Practice-Based Coaching

  • Initial Teacher Education & Practicum