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Policy report

A shorter path to teaching: exploring one-year postgraduate qualifications

Australia faces major teacher workforce challenges, especially in STEM subjects and rural schools. In recent years, the number of commencing Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students has been lower in most jurisdictions than in previous times. In this paper, the author argues that, compared to other...
Report

Teachers at breaking point: why working in South Australian schools is getting tougher

This report examines the shifting nature of teachers’ work, pointing to growing complexity and increasing professional demands. This research is the first of its kind in South Australia, and provides new insights into the impact of increased demands upon teachers’ wellbeing.
Report

Australian teachers’ perceptions of their work in 2022

This report details findings of the 2022 'Monash University teachers’ perceptions of their work' survey - a study of Australian teachers’ perceptions of their career experiences.
Report

Ending the lesson lottery: how to improve curriculum planning in schools

A Grattan Institute survey of over 2000 teachers and school leaders across Australia, conducted for this report, finds that only 15 per cent of teachers have access to a common bank of high-quality curriculum materials for all their classes. Even more troubling, teachers in disadvantaged...
Journal article

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in a primary school setting with and without public health measures using real-world contact data: a modelling study

Other authors
Stella Talic, Danijela Gasevic, Dragan Ilic, Joanne Deppeler, Deborah Corrigan, Roberto Martinez-Maldonado
The authors of this paper investigated the potential transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in a primary school setting and found that, despite a lower frequency of close contacts, teacher-to-teacher close contacts demonstrated a higher risk of transmission per contact of SARS-CoV-2 compared to student-to-student close contacts.
Report

Understanding and mitigating the impact of COVID-19 disruption on trainee and early career teachers in secondary schools

This report finds that new teachers experienced isolation and self-doubt because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, but also demonstrated resilience that could make them even better teachers.
Report

Improving quality use of research evidence in practice: insights from cross-sector co-design

The Q Project is a 5-year partnership between Monash University and the Paul Ramsay Foundation to understand and improve the use of research evidence in Australian schools. In 2021, the project hosted two series of co-design workshops with teachers, school leaders and other education stakeholders...
Journal article

Does gratitude ensure workplace happiness among university teachers? Examining the role of social and psychological capital and spiritual climate

The study examines the necessity and sufficiency of gratitude for supporting workplace happiness among Indian university teachers. It also explores the mediating effect of psychological capital and social capital in the relationship between gratitude and workplace happiness. The moderating effect of spiritual climate is investigated...

Report

Teacher workforce: fiction vs fact

Australia’s education outcomes have deteriorated, despite increased spending on teachers and policies to increase the quantity and quality of teachers. This paper challenges several persistent assumptions about the quantity and quality of the teacher workforce and identifies areas of concern supported by data and evidence.
Report

Next steps: report of the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review

This is the final report of the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review, which examined the issues surrounding attracting and selecting high-quality candidates into the teaching profession, and how to prepare initial teacher education (ITE) students to be effective teachers.
Report

Teachers’ and principals’ application of positive psychology strategies: impacts on wellbeing, professional practice and student learning

This report presents the findings of a novel Australian study whereby Australian teachers’ and principals’ used four positive psychology strategies in their daily professional practice.
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Making time for great teaching: how better government policy can help

Great teaching transforms students’ lives. But preparing for great teaching takes time. This report recommends that governments adopt three directions for reform.
Report

Failing to teach the teacher: an analysis of mathematics Initial Teacher Education

Policy-makers have increasingly looked to improvements in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) as key to overcoming declining education outcomes. The analysis in this paper validates this concern and places a specific lens on ITE for beginning mathematics teachers.
Discussion paper

Quality Initial Teacher Education Review 2021: discussion paper

This discussion paper provides an overview of the current state of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in Australia, providing evidence on two key questions that form the scope of the review: how best to attract and select high-quality candidates into ITE and how best to prepare...
Book

Building better schools with evidence-based policy

This book is relevant to every person who works in a school. Users of this book can be assured that each policy has been carefully formulated from the current understandings of best practice. This is a practical innovation, and an example of how schools can...
Briefing paper

NSW Public schools to 2031: impact of enrolment growth on demand for teachers

This briefing paper, commissioned by the NSW Teachers Federation, examines the impact of enrolment growth on the future demand for teachers in the NSW public school system.
Report

Research and evidence use in Australian schools: early insights from educators

This summary draws on quantitative findings from the Q Project's first survey of educators, which was administered online to teachers and school leaders between March - September, 2020. In total, 492 practitioners from 414 schools across four Australian states completed the survey: New South Wales...
Research Summary

The impact of COVID-19 on perceptions of Australian schooling

Schooling in Australia has changed significantly in the past year. Lockdowns around the country saw schools shifting to online and remote learning - sometimes with only a few hours’ notice. This report outlines findings from a recent survey of teachers.
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Report of Valuing the Teaching Profession - an independent inquiry

In early 2020, the NSW Teachers Federation resolved to commission an independent inquiry into the state of the teaching profession in the public schools of NSW and the significant changes that have affected the profession since 2004. This report outlines the inquiry's findings.
Report

How to raise the status of teachers using digitally mediated social innovation

Teachers are critical to achieving sustainable economic prosperity through their role in disseminating knowledge and moulding future generations of critical and creative thinkers. Yet in Australia, teaching as a career path is waning in both its attractiveness and status. The overarching research question explored in...