The department has been at the forefront of teacher education and educational research for over forty years. Today it is renowned for its teaching and research expertise in science and mathematics education, language, culture and communication, theology and religious education, and public policy. We have a proud history of contributing to debates on public policy and the concerns of professional communities of practice across multiple sectors.
The department’s mission is to work for the public good through research and teaching focused on education in its broadest sense - teaching and learning in formal and informal contexts; personal growth and development; and the enhancement of social, civic and professional capability and engagement in a range of educational and other settings (e.g. the cultural sector, health and social care, and faith-based organisations).
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.