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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.

Evidence Informed Practice

Research to Practice

Research to Practice draws on one of the most impactful forms of teacher professional learning, the Spiral of Inquiry. Throughout each stage of the Spiral, teachers collaborate with one another, and AISNSW consultants, to inquire deeply into problems and opportunities for students in their contexts.

Each year AISNSW invites schools to participate in a one year, consultant-supported Spiral of Inquiry process, focusing on primary science and technology.

Designing for Deep Learning

Deep Learning is a powerful approach which transforms the role of teachers to that of architects of learning, designing experiences that build global competencies – the 6Cs. It combines learning relationships, effective pedagogies, trust-based learning environments and technology to activate learning and engagement.

Member schools are invited to join this impactful three-year initiative and work in partnership with AISNSW and other independent schools committed to this innovative work.

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.

Round 4 School Based Research Project Update
Three schools were successful in receiving funding and support from AISNSW at the end of 2017 to undertake a School Based Research Project. This issue of the Brief presents their progress at the half way mark of their two-year project.
AIS Research Summaries
Wellbeing , Assessment , Pedagogical practice , STEM , Literacy , School based research , Teaching and learning , Equity , Underachievement , Design thinking , Differentiation , Evaluation , The Brief
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AISNSW STEM projects: Achievements and impact
The AISNSW provided funding and support to schools to implement STEM projects via the Australian Government’s Students First reform agenda and the NSW Great Teaching, Inspired Learning initiative. Projects were based on STEM integration within the curriculum and varied in scope. This issue provides a summary of the projects’ achievements and surfaces information for schools that may seek to enhance student engagement, uptake and achievement in STEM.
AIS Research Summaries
STEM , Pedagogical practice , Teaching and learning , School based research , Innovation , The Brief
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Rethinking leadership, recentring learning
How do schools undertake whole school change well? This Brief outlines the journey undertaken by Claremont College as they worked with change management expert Dr Peter Kaldor to effect change to support their students’ learning journey.
AIS Research Summaries
Pedagogical practice , Professional learning , School improvement , School based research , Case for change , Innovation , Leadership
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Global Educational Research
Understanding motivation: Building the brain architecture that supports learning, health, and community participation
This paper examines the science behind motivation, how motivation develops, and implications for educators and parents.
Global Education Research
Pedagogical practice , Teaching and learning , Wellbeing , Professional learning
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Conceptualising learner agency: A socio-ecological developmental approach
This paper examines the concept of learner agency, understood to reflect the active and lifelong processes of inquiry, engagement and participation in the world around us.
Global Education Research
Pedagogical practice , School improvement , Teaching and learning , Innovation , Student voice , Leadership
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Trends shaping education 2019
This OECD publication provides an overview of key economic, social, demographic and technological trends and raises questions about their impact on education. Read online
Global Education Research
Futures thinking , Teaching and learning , Innovation
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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.

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
Lesley Wright
Assistant Head
Crichton Smith
Senior Researcher and Analyst
Brittney Unicomb
Personal Assistant to Director