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Research Enabling A Contemporary & Harmonious Education (REACHE)

Welcome to the REACHE group's web page.

The REACHE group carries out applied research that enables educators to provide, and their students to attain, an education that is contemporary and harmonious. Educational capacity building occurs over many years and so the group focuses on research streams from School to PhD, as well as informal and semi-formal learning.

REACHE Purpose: Research enabling a contemporary education through the coherent development of cognitive and affective skills and capabilities.


  • Areas of ResearchLearn about our research focus areas and supervision expertise

    The research streams of REACHE concern how educators facilitate:

    Academic Literacies and Numeracies
    Education and Technologies
    Transcultural and Global Education
    Research-Based learning

    For a contemporary education, these skills are often developed in a blend of face-to-face, online learning and experiential learning and are addressed from cognitive, affective, pedagogical and curriculum design perspectives. The research streams concern what is learned and research domains pertain to where it is learned.

    The research domains of REACHE include:

    School education
    University preparation courses
    Undergraduate degrees
    Masters Degrees by Coursework
    Postgraduate Degrees by Research

    A characteristic of the REACHE group's research is the intersections, movements and segues along and between these domains, in order to provide deeper conceptual knowledge and practice that enables coherence across formal education.

  • ResearchersMeet our academic research leaders
    Dr John Willison
    Dr John WillisonResearch Group Leader

    Focuses on the development of skills associated with researching, problem solving and critical thinking from early childhood to PhD.
    Associate Professor Sivakumar Alagumalai
    Associate Professor Sivakumar Alagumalai Siva is a senior academic staff member from the School of Education. His undergraduate training was in physics and mathematics. His masters’ and PhD research studies examined problem-solving in mathematical sciences, with the application of measurement principles.
    Dr I Gusti Darmawan
    Dr I Gusti Darmawan Darmawan is a senior lecturer in the School of Education. His current research interests include: ICT, Science and Mathematics Education; Assessment and the measurement of student achievement, progress, and attitude; Secondary data analysis; Advanced quantitative methods and their applications (e.g. SEM and multilevel modelling); and Cross national and comparative studies
    Tammy Edwardson
    Tammy Edwardson Focuses on innovative pedagogy within the humanities and social sciences.
    Michelle Picard
    Dr Michelle PicardMichelle researches and supervises in the following closely interwoven fields: academic literacies, English as an additional language or dialect (EALD), research supervision, doctoral writing, academic integrity, international doctoral perspectives and online/technologically enhanced learning.
    Dr Judith Thomas
    Judith ThomasFocuses on investigating English literacy needs of refugee young people in South Australian schools.
    Richard Warner
    Richard WarnerRichard's research focus lies in the research and reflective skills development of EAL students in pathway programs from pre-university through to postgraduate.
  • PhD Student ResearchersMeet our student researchers and enquire about joining the group

    We are actively seeking prospective PhD students to study with us and contribute to REACHE.

  • External CollaboratorsExplore opportunities for industry and professional collaboration

    The University of Adelaide understands the importance of collaborative research and strong partnerships with industry and professionals in today's global market.

    We view these interactions as essential elements in advancing the University's research and teaching objectives as well as adding value to you as our partners.

    The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences is renowned for its academic diversity and is home to some of the most respected and eminent researchers at the University of Adelaide. Within the School of Education and ETC, our commitment to innovation and a culture of forward thinking helps to influence the world we live in.

    Our collaborative research activities span across government, business and community groups. Our under-pinning philosophy of research partnerships is to match your community needs and business opportunities with the resources and expertise of our Faculty. The expertise and knowledge of our academic staff, who are specialists in their fields, present great opportunities for organisations to grow and to make decisive contributions that can influence strategic agendas and operational frameworks.

Research Enabling A Contemporary Higher Education (REACHE)

School of Education

Faculty of Arts


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