Welcome to the Department of Education & Professional Studies, where leading-edge research informs our teaching.
From undergraduate to doctoral study, we have a proud history of contributing to debates on public policy and the concerns of professional practising communities. We provide programmes of study that help professionals critically analyse and effectively respond to changes in thinking and policy in their fields. Above all, we enjoy working with our colleagues and students in a dynamic community.
Our mission statement
The department works for the public good by undertaking nationally and internationally respected research and teaching in education and professional studies.
The substantive foci of the department’s research agenda are:
Formal and informal processes of teaching and learning
The construction of knowledge and policy
The intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of personal experience and professional development
The evolving practices and policy contexts of work in the public, private and other sectors
This diverse agenda incorporates questions about culture, communication, cognition, authority, power, social justice and ethics in educational and other professional and social contexts. Scholarship in the department is interdisciplinary; it is located within the humanities and social sciences and it draws upon a wide range of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives.