Educational innovations


Briefing paper

Transforming education systems: why, what, and how

This brief is for any education leader or stakeholder who is interested in charting a transformation journey in their country or education jurisdiction, such as a state or district. It is also for civil society organisations, funders, researchers, and anyone interested in the topic of...

Agile government: the role of public affairs education

The most significant challenges facing public administration today include the isolation of public servants, the rigidity of the administrative and regulatory systems in which they operate, and the lack of opportunity to develop relevant and emerging competencies. This report is intended to initiate a dialog...

Teaching with cultural heritage materials during the pandemic

This report captures the perspectives of instructors who were directly impacted by the shift to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic in one common way - they were no longer able to provide in-person learning opportunities with cultural heritage materials for their students.

Reading with the light switched on

This document discusses New Zealand's child literacy rates and highlights some innovative teaching practices, such as Structured Literacy, being implemented to help improve literacy outcomes.
Discussion paper

Scaling up success in majority Indigenous schools

This publication is an edited version of Noel Pearson’s speech at the Centre for Independent Studies event ‘Scaling up success in majority Indigenous schools’, held in Sydney on 18 May 2021.

New Zealand's education delusion: how bad ideas ruined a once world-leading school system

This report explores the origins and consequences of New Zealand’s adherence to child-centred education. It contrasts the scientific consensus about how children learn with the different and, in many ways, contradictory advice given to educators and policymakers. It exposes how parts of the research community...
Working paper

Digital strategies in education across OECD countries

This working paper identifies OECD countries’ interests in digital innovation in education by analysing their policy papers on digital education.
Working paper

Trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI) in education: promises and challenges

This working paper aims to provide a selected array of artificial intelligence (AI) use cases in education and a glimpse into the opportunities and challenges raised by this technology, with a view to stimulating debate and providing sector-level insights into how the G20 AI Principles...

Towards a thriving digital resource ecology with teachers

This scoping and co-design research project establishes how teachers in Victorian government schools and key stakeholders engage with digital educational resources primarily in teaching and learning and, to a lesser extent, in professional learning contexts.

Responsible innovation: designing schools for tomorrow’s learners

There is now a growing body of research that focuses on the complex relationships between physical spaces, educational practices and learning. This paper draws on empirical findings from recent international research that includes the perspectives and the experiences of those who design and use these...
Working paper

Rewarding commitment to attend school: a field study with Indigenous Australian high school students

This paper assesses the effectiveness of the FOGS Promise Program with a field study involving Indigenous students from six Queensland high schools, divided into two groups.

In fairness to our schools

This report explores how New Zealand identifies high-performing and underperforming schools. It is argued that new approaches and tools need to be adopted to ensure that schools can be evaluated objectively.

The future of education: an essay collection

In this collection of essays, leading thinkers from the education sector and beyond set out their views on the future of education, in light of widespread technological, cultural and socio-political changes.

Artificial Intelligence and emerging technologies in schools: research report

This report should serve as both a starting point for knowledge acquisition, and as a springboard for the teaching profession to engage in debate about the current state and future of AI and emerging technologies in schools.

Learning support action plan 2019–2025

New Zealanders want an education system where all children and young people can take part in education and can learn and achieve, whatever their needs or differences. This document sets out priority actions that will make the most difference, to ensure that children and young...

Positive disruption: health and education in a digital age

This report sets out a number of practical considerations for governments, industry, and civil society to consider as they work to embrace technology in a way that will drive the greatest gains in inclusivity, human well-being, and more equitable growth.
Working paper

University governance and academic work: the ‘business model’ and its impact on innovation and creativity

This publication is a transcript of the 2019 Burton R. Clark lecture on higher education that Professor Michael Shattock gave at the fourth annual conference of the Centre for Global Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education in London on 3 April 2019.

Statement of principles for Australian innovation precincts

This statement provides a guide for developing innovation precincts across Australia. The statement was developed in collaboration with a committee of advisors from industry, universities and state and territory governments.

What does success look like? An evaluation of Mission Australia’s Flexible Learning Options (FLO) program (South Australia)

This research shows Mission Australia’s Flexible Learning Options (FLO) program in South Australia not only successfully re-engages hundreds of disadvantaged high school students with learning, but also has a significant transformative and potentially life-saving impact on young people who are facing a range of complex...
Discussion paper

Towards an adaptive education system in Australia

This discussion paper explores the conceptual relationship between adaptation and education, examining why better teaching is an adaptive process, why we need an adaptive system, and how best to create one.
Journal article

If living labs are the answer – what's the question? A review of the literature

The world's economy is becoming increasingly knowledge intensive. This will drive further technological, societal and organisational change. A knowledge intensive economy gives the producers of knowledge – universities – a potentially key role in shaping our future.

Focus on phonics: why Australia should adopt the year 1 phonics screening check

In order to read proficiently, students need accurate and fluent word identification skills and adequate language comprehension. Put simply, they must be able to work out what the words on the page or screen are, and know what they mean. The most effective way to...

Questions of engagement: improving the learning experiences of students in Years 5 to 8

This report describes a collaborative two-year action research project, Questions of Engagement, which aimed to identify influences on engagement and disengagement with learning of students in Years 5 to 8. This collaboration between Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley Local Learning and Employment Network, Victoria University (VU)...
Journal article

Learning to be more human

Global education consultant, Charles Leadbeater identifies four features of innovative schools essential to prepare students for the changing world of work. They centre around developing students’ humanity. At a gathering of school leaders – part of SVA’s, Bright Spots Schools Connection, Charles Leadbeater previewed his...
Audio interview

Education the key to innovation: Wozniak

Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, is in Australia to deliver a series of presentations and public lectures. Wozniak says government support for innovation starts with education and believes Australia has the technical expertise to compete on the world's innovation stage.