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Educational Research

AISNSW provides opportunities for independent schools to undertake, access and utilise educational research in their practice, and own context. Grounding education in evidence informed practice is an essential feature of assuring and enhancing educational excellence.

To encourage and support the effective use of educational research in independent schools, AISNSW provides the following : 

  • funding and support of school based research projects 
  • dissemination of research findings, summaries and infographics 
  • support for research to practice initiatives
  • professional learning opportunities, with a specific research focus 
  • fostering of collaboration and networking.

AISNSW Research Repository

AISNSW is committed to sharing the highest quality evidence from local, national, and international research to help inform practice within the independent sector. 

The Research Repository houses research outputs in a variety of formats, from summaries to full reports.

Click View More to access additional publications, and use the tags to search for material across a range of topics.

Report Card 1: Optimising conditions for primary science and technology
This Report Card summaries findings of a study that examined barriers to the effective teaching of primary science and technology in NSW independent schools.
AIS Research Summaries
AIS Commissioned Research , STEM , School improvement , Leadership , Report Card
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School Improvement
School improvement aims to enhance school practices in order to create better student outcomes. It involves school leaders, staff and the whole school community refining a shared vision, conducting rigorous self-evaluation, creating a well-developed plan for improvement, and establishing reliable ways of measuring and monitoring change.
AIS Research Summaries
School improvement , Innovation , Leadership , The Link
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Round 2 School Based Research Project Update
In 2015 seven schools were successful in receiving funding support to undertake AISNSW School Based Research Projects. This issue of The Brief summarises the progress of these projects at the midpoint of their two year research timeframe.
AIS Research Summaries
School based research , School improvement , The Brief , Assessment , Technology , Vocational learning , Equity , Innovation
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Global Educational Research
Cognitive load theory
This paper describes the research on cognitive load theory and what it means for more effective teaching practice.
Global Education Research
Latest Education Research in the Public Domain , Pedagogical practice , Teaching and learning
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From tinkering to intelligent action
This report examines the challenges that impede the integration of research into practice, and outlines principles for the establishment of a system to bridge the research to practice gap.
Global Education Research
Professional learning , School improvement , School based research , Futures thinking , Teaching and learning , Innovation
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Equipping every learner for the 21st century
This report examines the teaching of 21st century skills and suggests that the path to 21st century education requires a local journey that recognises and responds to specific challenges and opportunities.
Global Education Research
Pedagogical practice , Wellbeing , Teaching and learning , Futures thinking
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School Based Research Projects

School based research projects are undertaken over a two year period by practicing teachers and/or school leaders. 

Projects are in areas of education which ultimately impact student outcomes and make substantial contributions to new insights in and beyond individual schools.

Each year member schools in NSW are invited to apply for funding and support for their proposed two-year project, and projects are selected based on rigorous assessment processes. Schools may apply individually or as a cluster.

Research to Practice Initiative

The Research to Practice Initiative invites your team to engage with an AISNSW Education Consultant in an ongoing collaboration using the ground-breaking Spiral of Inquiry framework (Halbert & Kaser, 2013) and current research about quality teaching and learning in Science and Technology. Identified by the OECD as one of the most impactful forms of professional learning, the Spiral of Inquiry framework enables teachers to pursue new learning in relation to the specific needs of the students in their class

Education Research Council

The AIS Education Research Council (ERC) – officially established in 2014 – has a mandate to investigate and support the research needs of independent schools in NSW. This includes:

  • understanding the breadth of research directions and areas of importance to schools
  • engaging whole school communities in evidence based educational practice
  • continuing to make use of up-to-date research and findings to inspire practitioners in independent schools.

Learn more about the ERC’s ground-breaking work.

Courses and Events
Research and Data Division
Tiffany Roos
Division Head
Lesley Wright
Le Tran
Research Associate
Peter Hatzidimitriou
Data Analyst
Brittney Carr
Personal Assistant to Division Head