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Our Vision:

Is to make a difference in the world by advancing research led practice for pre- and post- service teachers, teachers and lecturers in higher education. We want to connect with other researchers worldwide and to graduate scholarly researchers who can lead learning across global, national and local contexts.

Core Research Areas:

The School of Education has four core research areas under the umbrella of Research Enabling a Contemporary & Harmonious Education (REACHE).

All areas are required to meet certain essential criteria.

They must:

  • generate impactful research that will build the school's international reputation.
  • use a systematic approach to conceptualise practice.
  • include partnerships within the University, state and Australia, as well as internationally.
  • demonstrate a successful grant and publication track record.
  • have clear leadership from within the School of Education.
  • Academic Literacy

    Academic literacy is vital to good communication in a school or university setting. This research area has a strong  applied linguistics focus, using academic corpora to identify key terms.

    Current project areas include:

    • Phraseology in academic writing
    • Dictionaries and academic writing

    This research area is led by Dr Julia Miller: Julia Miller

  • Education and Technologies
    Technology has always played a key role in education, from the introduction of the slate and pencil to adaptive learning techniques and virtual reality. In this research area you can be expected to examine key issues relating to the use of technologies including acceptance, efficacy and key aspects of learning design.

    Current project areas include:

    • Mobile Learning
    • Virtual Reality
    • Use of technologies in class
    • Game based approaches to learning
    • Online assessment
    • Learning analytics

    This research area is led by Dr Edward Palmer: Edward Palmer

  • Transcultural and Global Education
    The transcultural and Global Education stream investigates educational issues in relation to secondary schooling, higher education, teacher education, professional development, pedagogy, curriculum and policy developement, with current projects in:

    • Anti-radicalisation education
    • Refugees and education
    • Multiculturalism, reconciliation, antiracism
    • International education, cosmopolitanism, golobalisation, transnatioanlism
    • Education for sustainability

    This research area is led by Dr Julie Matthews: Julie Matthews

  • Research - Based Learning
    Research-based learning involves active learning strategies that engage students and deepen their understanding in various learning environments. A focus of this REACHE stream is on how educators facilitate explicit and coherent Research Skill Development (RSD). The RSD framework is used to make the process of facilitating student development of research skills explicit to educators and students alike, so that students become increasingly metacognitive. current projects are conducted in:

    • Primary School
    • Middle and Secondary School
    • Undergraduate and Masters
    • Employment

    Therefore another focus is the connections between research-based learning environments, and the necessary adaptation of the RSD terminology so that it suits different contexts, such as work placements and clinical environments. This is a search for conceptual connections across formal education in terms of thinking skills. If you are interested in these ideas, see: and

    For PhD inquiries for this stream, proposals need to articulate how your study would complement the above agenda, refer to literature on the above sites and broadly, and show how the needs of your context as well as gaps in the literature would be addressed:

    This research area is led by Dr John Willison: John Willison

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