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Research report

3 May 2018

Students, teachers and principals across New Zelaand were surveyed for this study on the use of digital technologies for teaching and learning.

Case study

22 Mar 2018

Education in Australia has increasingly become a highly-pressurised pursuit of success. More than ever, students are told to excel academically if they are going to succeed in life. Are we at risk of losing all joy of learning?


7 Feb 2018

There is limited evidence to support the idea that making physical changes to classrooms boosts learning outcomes. The reason for this is schools are complex places.

Research report

The views of WA children and young people on factors that support their engagement in school and learning
30 Jan 2018

Much effort has been put into developing resources, frameworks, policies and programs to support and engage students. This work is important and has helped many students, but by listening to the voices of children and young people, it is clear there is more to be...

Research report

2 Nov 2017

This research highlights some of the challenges faced by children and young people in their middle years (eight to 12 years of age) who are being overlooked in policy and program design.

Journal article

15 Aug 2017

This paper describes the development of a brief scale to measure anti-intellectualism, the degree to which one experiences either positive or negative affect while engaged in epistemic activities such as conceptual integration.

Research report

27 Mar 2017

This report on the Regional Australia Institute's [In]Sight Human Capital Index focuses on life-long learning. It provides, for each region, an overall assessment of the skill level of the engaged workforce.

Research report

23 Jan 2017

Summary Four international studies have found that the youngest children in a school class are more likely than their class- mates to receive pharmacological treatment for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We investigated whether this late birth date effect applies to children in Western Australia....



31 Aug 2016

Homework is not useless but its quality is far more important than quantity and schools should think very carefully about why they are setting it, says Brendan Bentley, an education expert at the University of South Australia.

In fact, too much homework can be...

Conference paper

2 Jul 2016

The purpose of this paper and session is fourfold. Firstly, we outline an enduring educational and social problem, poor levels of literacy amongst some adults, including students in higher education, and a potential innovative solution – the gamification of literacy learning. The problem of literacy...

Research report

9 May 2016

This paper reports on a study conducted in 2014 and 2015 that explored the accessibility of eLearning for students with disabilities studying fully online in Australia.

Executive Summary

The study looked at students studying through Open Universities Australia (OUA). OUA brings together...

Research report

22 Mar 2016

Parents and the family and home environment play a central role in the early learning and development of infants and children. A range of interventions exist to support parents and families, particularly in situations where the family is vulnerable and/or where the infant or child...

Research report

4 Jan 2016

This small-scale study, undertaken by NFER and NESTA, revealed both benefits and challenges of implementing a flipped learning approach to mathematics teaching. Flipped learning involves the use of digital technology, such as video, to provide direct instruction on new concepts outside of the classroom. Students...

Research report

20 Dec 2015

How do older Australians develop the knowhow to devise lives they value in our increasingly complex society with its tsunami of information and plethora of choices? This small qualitative study found that older adults particularly valued the ‘knowhow’ that enables them to manage matters such...


10 Dec 2015

Student Forum 2015 - Experiential learning and the Solar Decathlon, Professor Nicole Woolsey Biggart, Research Professor and Dean Emerita of Management, University of California Davis

Research report

30 Sep 2015


During the past three decades, extensive literature has accumulated on the early years of life for children. Research findings unequivocally agree that these years are a critical period of intense learning for children which provides the foundation for later academic and social...

Research report

15 Sep 2015

Explores how education systems and schools are integrating ICT into students’ learning experiences.

Summary Are there computers in the classroom? Does it matter? Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection examines how students’ access to and use of information and communication technology (ICT)...


13 Apr 2015


Ten million Australians are members of their local public library, and one million are enrolled at university [1] , [2] , [3] . However, in 2015, public libraries and universities are sharing a challenge – adapt or decline. In particular, physical resources,...

Literature review

1 Feb 2015

Provides an overview of the literature relating to e-learning in workplaces in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


The key findings of this annotated bibliography are:

E-learning can provide flexible learning options for employees and...

Research report

9 Dec 2014

Provides parents, schools, governments and the non-government school sectors with information about whether young Australians are reaching important educational goals.


About ACARA The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is an independent authority focused on improving the learning of...