Graham Nuthall was Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. Before he died, after a short illness, in July 2004, he gave permission for this address, the Jean Herbison Lecture 2001, to be included on the Ministry of Education's leadership website. The lecture describes his personal journey as a classroom researcher and the ground-breaking research he conducted with Dr Adrienne Alton-Lee. This research challenged the assumption (held by many educators) that teaching necessarily equals learning. The address also provides a background to the way research evolves and how great research depends on asking great questions.
With its focus on classroom learning and interactions this is a piece that school leaders may find interesting and relevant.