AIS is committed to sharing the highest quality evidence from research findings to help inform practice within the independent sector. Research is categorised below for ease of access and is updated regularly:
- AIS Research Summaries
Latest Education Research in the Public Domain
AIS Commissioned Research
Details of each of these are provided below.
The Link provides short summaries of high quality, relevant and interesting research findings, providing readers with succinct and practical information to help inform practice.
Issue 7: What is school climate?
School climate impacts all members of a school community. It is a major factor in student academic achievement and mental health and wellbeing, and teacher efficacy, wellbeing and job satisfaction.
Issue 6: Motivation, goals and high expectations
Supporting students' motivation and goal setting, and having high expectations of them, are proven approaches for generating and maintaining student engagement.
Issue 5: Data informed practice
Effective data use by educators can improve student academic, social and emotional learning. Data informed practice is a systematic way of engaging with data for this very purpose.
Issue 4: The significance of teachers' adaptability
Recent research examines the centrality of teacher adaptability in teacher daily practice, and its impact on wellbeing, work commitment and student outcomes.
Issue 3: Quality learning and teaching in primary science and technology
A summary of the AIS Education Research Council commissioned literature review investigating effective learning and teaching of science and technology in primary schools.
Issue 2: Managing attention span in the digital age
Students are immersed in a world that places significant demands on their attention and impacts their learning. This issue provides a synthesis of the current research.
Issue 1: Social and emotional skills are vital for academic success, wellbeing and social progress
An overview of the OECD's 2015 report Skills for Social Progress: The Power of Social and Emotional Skills
The Brief provides more in-depth summaries of research findings, as well as updates on AIS initiatives.
No. 3: AISNSW School based research project update summarises the progress of the seven schools that began their AISNSW School Based Research Projects in 2015.
No.2: Inquiry learning networks and spiral of inquiry are considered one of the most impactful examples of professional learning. This Brief provides an overview of these approaches for improving teacher practice and student outcomes.
No.1: AISNSW School based research project update summarises the progress of the five schools that have undertaken the 2014 AISNSW School Based Research Projects.
The OECD PISA In Focus #71
report focuses on "Are students happy?" and provides a summary of the PISA 2015 Students’ Well- Being survey data. Additionally, this short article discusses highlights, includes an interactive map, and provides links to the full PISA report.
PISA 2015: A first look at Australia's results
provides an insight into Australia's performance in scientific, reading and mathematical literacy. This year the additional domains of collaborative problem solving and financial literacy were also included, and scientific literacy was the major domain of focus.
The new work mindset
outlines the portable skillsets, and the jobs that cluster round around them, that young people will need to develop in order to ensure their future work prospects are promising.
The OECD's Innovative learning environments
report presents a wealth of international material and features a new framework for understanding innovative learning environments. Read it online here
What makes a school a learning organisation? provides an analysis of the literature on learning organisations and identifies their seven over-arching aspects. This Working Paper provides guidance to schools on how they can transform into authentic learning organisations.
Moments of choice
research report investigates young people's career choice decision making processes and how they are attempting to navigate a swiftly changing labour market. Results highlight the need for supporting informed choice, and what that might look like for young people.
STEM 2026 A vision for innovation in STEM education
summarises recommendations from experts and thought leaders in STEM on approaches to teaching and learning that work, as well as challenges and opportunities for innovation that come with teaching for the future.
The Horizon report: 2016 K-12 edition
charts what is on the five-year horizon for school communities, outlining worldwide trends, technologies and challenges which may impact on educational change. The report is accompanied by a Toolkit
providing ideas and resources to engage your community.
The 2016 education at a glance: OECD indicators
report offers a rich, comparable
and up-to-date array of indicators that reflects a consensus among professionals on how to measure the current state of education internationally.
The Skills for a changing world
report seeks to identify how a new generation of skills can best be developed and enhanced in young children and students so they can navigate education and work in the face of changing social, technological, and economic demands.
ACARA's 2016 NAPLAN summary data
provides a summary comparison of this year's results compared to those attained in 2008, indicating significant growth.
The futility of PLC Lite
urges schools to avoid labelling themselves as a Professional Learning Community (PLC) without seriously committing to the substance of PLC processes. When properly executed and sustained, PLCs can deliver dramatic improvements in teaching and learning.
The OECD's Trends shaping education 2016
report provides an overview of key economic, social, demographic and technology trends and raises pertinent questions about their potential impact on education. Read it online here.
Making STEM a primary priority
discusses the practical steps to improve the quality of science and mathematics teaching in Australian primary schools.
How are young people faring in the transition from school to work? This Foundation for Young Australians report card examines how young people are faring in the transition from school to work and how prepared they are for the future economy.
Educational opportunity in Australia 2015
report "draws together information on the opportunities being provided to young Australians as they negotiate the various stages of education and training and attempt to establish themselves in the workforce during their transition to adulthood."
The new work order report discusses the need for an innovative and entrepreneurial generation of workers to meet the challenges of a changing labour market.
Students, computers and learning is an international analysis of the digital skills of students, and the learning environments designed to foster these skills. It reports on student capacity, and the impact of computer use on student learning outcomes.
Re-assessing assessment examines developments in assessment around the world, and highlights cases of innovation and best practice.
outlines seven evidence-backed themes in educational practice that educators can focus on to improve student outcomes.
Better systems, better changes: A review of research and practice for prevention and early intervention report is a synthesis of the factors that promote positive child development and enable effective prevention and early intervention at a system-wide level.
The Australian Teaching and Learning Toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research, providing evidence-informed guidance for those looking to implement change to improve student educational outcomes.
NSW secondary students' post-school destinations and expectations Annual Report presents results from an examination of trends in post-secondary education, training and employment for NSW secondary school students.
Prospective undergraduate university students in NSW 2013 commissioned by University of Sydney reports into current student attitudes about, and decisions regarding, tertiary education.