2015 NZTC Research Conference draws high turnout and exceptional feedback

2015 NZTC Research Conference draws high turnout and exceptional feedback


New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) hosted its largest research conference to date on Friday 16 October, enabling over 100 teachers, academics, students and professionals to engage in research around supporting young children in their emotional, social and relationship development.

International guest speaker, Dr Kay Albrecht, an award-winning teacher, scholar, author and policymaker in early childhood education from the United States, was one of the highlights of the conference for many.

In her keynote address, Kay shared insightful ideas about the interactions between adults and young children, emphasising the importance of synchronous and reciprocal relationships and highlighting a key fact that “if we don’t have emotional capacity, we don’t have social relationships.”

NZTC Chief Executive Selena Fox (left)
with Dr Kay Albrecht

Kay commented, “The conference was exceptional in terms of its organisation and presentation, and the level of content knowledge that was shared by the speakers. I was really pleased to be able to learn more about the context in which emotional development takes place in this part of the world.”

The day was filled with informative presentations, workshops and interactive discussions by an array of speakers from tertiary institutions, early childhood centres, and organisations promoting the care and welfare of young children. A poster session with contributions from NZTC’s Academic Team and Master of Education (Early Childhood Education) students provided further insights into the latest research in the field.

Delegates shared positive feedback about their experience and learning at the conference:

“Today was awesome. I can now walk away with more information as a student teacher, so thank you NZTC.”

“I really enjoyed the whole conference, especially the discussion about emotional and social support in early education. I appreciate that the conference deeply inspired me and brought me fresh thinking about early childhood education.”

“We need more conferences like this for the future please. Thank you very much for this beautiful day that you provided so we can learn more about how to communicate with children.”


Conference attendees had the opportunity to purchase Kay’s book, ‘Social Emotional Tools for Life: An Early Childhood Teacher's Guide to Supporting Strong Emotional Foundations and Successful Social Relationships’ throughout the conference.

A limited number of these books are still available for purchase at a special reduced price of $65 (RRP $110.00).

If you would like to purchase a copy, please contact conference@nztertiarycollege.ac.nz