Learning and teaching
Supporting teachers to use research evidence well in practice
This report describes ways that schools can build teachers’ and leaders’ confidence in using research evidence, and why this is important. It presents findings from independent surveys conducted by the Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) and the Monash Q Project.
Digital higher education: emerging quality standards, practices and supports
Public authorities across the OECD have started to reflect on how to embed the quality assurance (QA) of digital education into their existing QA frameworks for higher education. This working paper aims to assist policy-makers as they seek to adapt their higher education QA systems...
Australia’s Asia education imperative: trends in the study of Asia and pathways for the future
This report focuses on trends in the promotion of Asia literacy in Australian universities from 2000 to 2022 - outlining both achievements and challenges.
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.
Fostering creativity and critical thinking in university teaching and learning: considerations for academics and their professional learning
Developed as one of the resources within the context of an OECD/Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) ERI project, this paper focuses on ways in which students’ creativity and critical thinking can be fostered in higher education by contextualising such efforts within the broader...
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.
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...
Growing te reo Maori in English-medium schools: findings report
This report identifies two key issues for English-medium schools in New Zealand to consider when developing a strategic approach to Maori language teaching and learning.
Building education systems for equity and inclusion
This report is the output from an Academy of the Social Sciences Australia (ASSA)-funded workshop hosted by the Gonski Institute for Education at UNSW Sydney. The report provides advice to government and systems for redressing intergenerational policy failure, looking beyond the school gate, giving voice...
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...
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.
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.
Some critical thoughts about critical and creative thinking
Developing creative and critical thinking is a major priority of educators and policy-makers. This paper provides an overview of human cognitive architecture as relevant to how students learn and demonstrate creativity and critical thinking. In doing so, it highlights that general creativity and critical thinking...
State of the social sciences 2021
Social sciences are the fields of research on, and knowledge about, society. They are deeply connected and embedded in our social systems and structures. This publication provides a compact guide to the trends, challenges and opportunities impacting Australian social science, to facilitate system-wide planning for...
Evidence use in early childhood education and care (ECEC) and schools
The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) has taken a first look at data from a recent evidence use survey. The initial findings presented in this infographic help to understand how early childhood and school practitioners currently use evidence in their work.
Supporting teachers’ use of ICT in upper secondary classrooms during and after the COVID-19 pandemic
School systems around the world are making efforts to enhance and make education more efficient with information and communications technology (ICT). This paper argues that without proper implementation, ICT use may not only be ineffective, but have a negative impact on teaching and learning.
Using research well in Australian schools
This discussion paper offers a unique practitioner perspective on quality research use. It outlines considerations for teachers, school leaders, system leaders, researchers, and research organisations in relation to increasing and improving the quality use of research in schools.
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...
Framework to inform the development of a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood strategy
Across Australia, families and communities successfully support and nurture their young children. However, wide gaps in early development, health and early learning outcomes persist. This document sets the foundation and will inform the development of a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy.
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...
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.
Building capability and quality in VET teaching: opportunities and challenges
This research examines the form and content of current teacher capability models and frameworks in vocational education and training (VET) and other sectors to understand what defines competence and quality in VET teaching.
State of the social sciences report: discussion paper
Intended as a conversation starter, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Academy has prepared this discussion paper to capture the views, ideas and concerns of social science researchers, teachers, students, professionals, policymakers and employers across Australia.
Report of the Independent Review of the adoption of the model code on freedom of speech and academic freedom
This document is the final report of Emeritus Professor Sally Walker AM's review of Australian universities' alignment with the Model Code on freedom of speech and academic freedom, recommended by the Hon. Robert French AC in his 2019 Review of freedom of speech in Australian...
Teaching writing in secondary English in the NAPLAN era
This report presents findings from research investigating the writing pedagogies, beliefs and practices of English teachers in the context of a decade of Australia's NAPLAN testing, where writing has been consistently identified as problematic in secondary schools.