The research team in ACU Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) Professor Vince Geiger, and Faculty of Education and Arts, Professor Chris Branson and Dr Jenny Martin, has been successful in securing the priority grant: Principals as STEM Leaders — building the evidence base for improved STEM learning, sponsored by the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training. Funding for the project is $2.6 million over three years from 2018.
LSIA Director Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith said, “I congratulate these researchers on this wonderful recognition of the strength of LSIA and Faculty of Education and Arts in this area. We look forward to drawing on this work to forge strong links between our important STEM teaching and research to support school systems and our shared focus, student learning.”
Grant overview: Professor Vince Geiger, with Professor Chris Branson and Dr Jenny Martin, have been successful with an application for the research project Principals as STEM Leaders — building the evidence base for improved STEM learning, sponsored by Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training. The project will be led by the University of Tasmania and Australian Catholic University with the support of four additional universities and two peak principals' associations. Funding for the project is $2.6 million over three years from 2018. This research project will develop and pilot new approaches to support principals to provide high quality STEM leadership in schools. Principals as STEM Leaders will involve around 200 primary and secondary schools in the government and non-government sectors, covering rural, regional, remote and metropolitan areas. A suite of high quality professional learning and mentoring resources developed through the project will be made available for all Australian schools to use at the end of the project, alongside a research report detailing key findings.
ACU will post web updates on the progress of the project throughout its duration.