Upcoming SIG events and activities

SIG Activity in progress - Special issue NZJES on Learning Environments, in progress. We received 18 articles submitted for peer review currently in various stages of the review process. Many thanks to Leon Benade as Editor and to all reviewers and contributors for supporting this initiative. We look forward to the publication of the special issue. 

Learning Environments Webinar 2020

14 October 2020

We had two sets of fantastic speakers: 

Māku anō e hanga tōku nei whare
Leeana Herewini (University of Waikato) and Ngārewa Hāwera AND

The potential of ILEs for Māori student success
Emily Nelson (Eastern Institute of Technology) and Maurice Rehu (Irongate School Principal)

Watch a recording of the Learning Environments Webinar.

Learning Environments 2019 Symposium

11 October 2019

The inaugural Learning Environments SIG Symposium was hosted by the University of Waikato on 11th October, attended by thirty-four participants from a range of professional sectors including the Ministry, universities and institutes, secondary and primary schools, architects and PPTA. Of these, twenty-two were non-NZARE members, an indication of the wider interest in learning environments research.

We are grateful to our invited keynote speakers who provided the substance and inspiration for the reflections and discussions on the day, with presentations framed around the Symposium theme of Learning Environments: Policy, practice, philosophies.”

  • Jamie Strange, Labour List MP (Hamilton), speaking on Looking forward: 21st century innovative learning environments
  • Chris Bradbeer, Stonefields School, speaking on Together in the space-between: Teacher collaboration and innovative learning environments in New Zealand primary schools
  • Dr Leon W Benade, AUT speaking on Why is it important to think about space theoretically and philosophically?
  • Dr Noeline Wright, University of Waikato speaking on Transit lounges or VIP club rooms?: Spaces and places for learning

Watch the recorded presentations and access notes from post-presentation round table discussion sessions.


Invited keynote speaker - Jamie Strange, Labour MP (Hamilton)


Q&A with MP Jamie Strange



Invited keynote speaker - Chris Bradbeer, Stonefields School


Invited keynote speaker - Dr Leon Benade


Invited keynote speaker - Dr Noeline Wright