Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education

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.

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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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Now accepting applications for PhD and MPhil candidates to start 2021

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.

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Research Centre for Digital Data and Assessment in Education

The Research Centre for Digital Data and Assessment in Education explores how technologies are transforming education inside and outside schooling.

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Assessment, evaluation and student learning

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.

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Early childhood futures

This research examines the role of play-based learning in building young children’s knowledge outcomes for the 21st century.

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English and literacies

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.

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Data Analytics in Education and Learning Interventions

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.

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STEM in education

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.

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Teachers' work and workforce studies

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.

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Featured projects

ACU research institutes ILSTE

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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ACU research institutes ILSTE

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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ACU research institutes ILSTE

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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(GPO Box 2587, Brisbane, Qld, 4001)

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