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.

Our research

From a child’s earliest learning experiences through a lifetime of learning, the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education works to improve education outcomes for all young people.

Our people

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.

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Our higher degree research students are able to work directly in one of our nationally funded research projects at one of four campuses around Australia.

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Change isn’t created in silos. We believe strength exists in bringing varied perspectives together in our research. That’s why we engage with partners to connect our research with policy and practice.

Research connections

Our researchers, partners and students engage in projects funded through a range of nationally competitive schemes. In working across projects they build and strengthen our research connections.

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We work closely with our government, school, industry and research partners to develop shared research priorities, combine perspectives and resources, and apply our findings in real world policy and practice contexts.

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Browse our archive of presentations from ILSTE researchers across a broad range of research topics.

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Featured projects

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Playgroups in school

Playgroups can build parental capabilities and strengthened relationships with school staff. This project aims to identify the best practice to inform these relationships.

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Principals as STEM leaders

Our researchers are developing and piloting new approaches to help principals provide high-quality STEM leadership in around 200 primary and secondary schools.

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Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment

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.

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Learning rich leadership

This project is Australia's first evidence base to inform quality improvement in early childhood education services through the development of educational leaders.

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