Our studies span early childhood through to higher education and we lead the way in cutting edge interventions. Our research builds evidence-based knowledge and identifies solutions that improve learning and quality of life for all people, especially those experiencing inequity, disadvantage, on the margins and at risk.
We host a team of eminent researchers and international scholars, research students, and professional staff working in a range of capacities to support our research.
Applications to the PhD and MPhil programs are now open for domestic and international Higher Degree Research candidates commencing in 2021.
Up to two PhD Stipend Scholarships are being offered to support high-quality candidates to undertake priority teacher preparation and workforce studies as part of the Standards and Moderation Research and Development Project.
The Research Centre for Digital Data and Assessment in Education explores how technologies are transforming education inside and outside schooling.Explore research
This research examines quality educational assessment to capture and direct student learning to meet 21st century learning goals encompassing curriculum knowledge and skills, interpersonal skills and values.Explore research
This research examines the role of play-based learning in building young children’s knowledge outcomes for the 21st century.Explore research
This research addresses all aspects of literacy education including traditional literacies and new forms of multimodal and digital literacy in the English curriculum and in other school curriculum areas, as well as childhood and adolescent literacies outside of schooling.Explore research
This research investigates and applies innovative data science methodologies to analysis of individual learning and teaching outcomes using large-scale longitudinal social survey and administrative education data.Explore research
STEM in Education advances disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge to ensure that all students have opportunities to become proficient, critical knowers and users of mathematics and science in a complex technologically-oriented and data-rich world.Explore research
This research concerns the development of expertise in initial teacher education and teachers’ continuing professional learning, and engages with the criticism that the evidence base for teacher education is not sufficiently research-oriented.Explore research
Playgroups can build parental capabilities and strengthened relationships with school staff. This project aims to identify the best practice to inform these relationships.Explore project
Our researchers are developing and piloting new approaches to help principals provide high-quality STEM leadership in around 200 primary and secondary schools.Explore project
The GTPA responds to calls for Australian teacher preparation programs to demonstrate that graduate teachers can apply teaching practices that positively impact on their students learning.Explore project
This project is Australia's first evidence base to inform quality improvement in early childhood education services through the development of educational leaders.Explore project
5 March 2021
A new article by ILSTE’sProfessor Clarence Ng researched the question - What motivates high school students to persist with challenging science?
3 March 2021
The design of maths modelling tasks by teachers for use by students has been informed by recent research by ILSTE academic Professor Vince Geiger and co-authors Prof Peter Galbraith (University of Que...
26 February 2021
Professor Steve Graham, ILSTE Professorial Fellow with the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, has been honoured and named as Regents Professor with Arizona State University in Febr...
23 February 2021
Higher education partners of the Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA), an initiative of the Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Learning Science and Teacher Education will convene...
13 January 2021
Teacher education research agendas communicated in the book Innovation and Accountability in Teacher Education (by ACU ILSTE academics Claire Wyatt—Smith and Lenore Adie) is a result of ACU education ...