L&D Research of the Year 2012 Merit – Eth Lloyd and Vivienne Kermode (Vivienne pictured with sponsor Di Edwards from Zuri Consulting)

L&D Research Merit - Eth Lloyd and Vivienne Kermode (pictured)The judges noted that Research is one of their favourite categories because it recognises the work being done by those who seek to add to our knowledge of adult learning, learning methodologies and assessment.  They were particularly looking for entries with proven research methodology.   Whilst this did not need to be academic in nature, it needed to demonstrate:

  • A clear statement of what the research was designed to find out
  • An application of sound methodologies to test the validity of the hypothesis
  • Distinct results and conclusions that can be drawn, which increase the general understanding of adult learning theory or practice.

Unfortunately the judges did not feel that any of the entries was able to sufficiently demonstrate all of these elements to the required standard.  However, they did feel that one entry in particular did show overall a good application of sound research methodology and so wanted to acknowledge those involved.   Congratulations Eth and Vivienne!









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2012 Training Awards
Learning and Development Research
Kindly Sponsored by Zuri Consulting


NZATD, in association with NZATD Education Trust, introduced the Learning and Development Research award to recognise the work being done by those who seek to add to our knowledge of adult learning, learning methodologies and assessment through empirical research.   Such research may be conducted through tertiary education establishments, industry bodies, or other organisations that recognise the value of widening the understanding of the disciplines and practices that shape our profession.

The winning research is likely to have a focus one of the following, though other research will be considered if its link to learning and development can be established:

  • The environment of adult education and workplace learning; or
  • [One or more of] the psychology / sociology/ philosophy of adult education and workplace learning; or
  • Adult learning methodologies and practices: or
  • The relationship between individual and organisational learning between other people related disciplines, e.g. knowledge management, organisational and industrial psychology, organisational development, change management, etc.