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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.

In recognition of the importance of STEM education to Australia’s future, the AISNSW provides funding and support to independent schools to implement projects in this area. This Brief evaluates the impact of undertaking STEM projects to support schools in achieving objectives related to increased student engagement, uptake, and achievement, as well as enhanced teacher capacity and STEM teaching quality.
AIS Research Summaries
STEM , School based research , Teaching and learning , Evaluation , The Brief
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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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Global Educational Research
Jobs lost, jobs gained: Workforce transitions in a time of automation
This report examines potential labour market disruptions from automation and some potential sources of new labour demand that will create jobs. Read the executive summary.
Global Education Research
School improvement , Teaching and learning , Vocational learning , Technology , Futures thinking , Innovation
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Choosing VET: Aspirations, intentions and choice
This summary discusses results from research investigating students’ post-school aspirations for VET, drivers influencing their thinking, behaviour and choices, and their awareness of vocational training options and career pathways.
Global Education Research
Vocational learning , Student choice , Student voice
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Building skills for all in Australia
This report explores the main strengths of the Australian skills system and areas where Australian performance could be improved.
Global Education Research
Vocational learning , 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
Darian Naidoo
Brittney Carr
Personal Assistant to Division Head