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.


Research should have been conducted in New Zealand (e.g. at a NZ academic institution) or have a New Zealand subject/population for its primary research, or if conducted overseas, be completed by a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.  Membership of NZATD is not required to place an entry in the awards.


All entries will need to meet a set of baseline criteria before they can be considered for ranking against other entries.  Baseline criteria refer to those criteria that all entries must meet before they can be considered as finalists in any category.  Once adherence to base line criteria is confirmed, these criteria will not be used to differentiate between submissions. All entries meeting baseline criteria will then be assessed according to a predefined set of evaluation criteria to enable differentiation between all eligible entries by a panel of judges.  For more detail about the specific evaluation criteria in this category please see the 2014 Learning and Development Research Award Grading Sheet provided.


If you would like to speak to someone about an innovation you have worked on to see if it may be suitable for entry, or need any further information about the awards, please contact our Executive Officer at with the words NZATD Awards in the subject line.  Ensure you include a contact phone number and someone from NZATD will call you.

Download your NZATD Education Trust Learning and Development Awards Application Form here!