NZCDI believes quality education is:
supported by a coherent philosophy;
underpinned by research evidence;
valid in practice;
and enjoyable from a learners perspective.
This philosophy is underpinned by holistic, experiential, socio-cultural, socio ecological, student centred, multiple intelligences and Treaty of Waitangi research, theoretical/conceptual and practice-based evidence and scholarly literature.
NZCDI's programmes ‘live’ this philosophy.