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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.

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.
The Link
School improvement , Innovation , Leadership
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What is school climate?
School climate is a holistic concept which encompasses four domains: safety, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning, and the school environment. Improvement across these domains positively impacts student academic outcomes, and the mental health and wellbeing of the whole school community.
The Link
AIS Research Summaries , Wellbeing , School improvement , Equity , Student voice
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Motivation and 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. However, not all goals are good, and not all motivation is healthy. It is therefore important that educators understand these processes so as to best support students in and beyond the classroom.
The Link
AIS Research Summaries , Pedagogical practice , Teaching and learning
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Global Educational Research
Understanding "soft skills" development at independent schools
This report relays findings from a study which examined the extent to which pupils in independent schools possessed a flexible mindset (i.e. were likely to possess soft skills).
Global Education Research
Latest Education Research in the Public Domain , Wellbeing , Teaching and learning
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Teacher's report card 2017
This first ASG-ACE Teachers Report Card presents the voices of Australian teachers and school leaders across all sectors, and outlines their thoughts and opinions on a range of professional issues
Global Education Research
Latest Education Research in the Public Domain , School improvement , Futures thinking , Case for change , Leadership
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Innovation and creativity
This report confirms that the quantity and quality of our university STEM graduates is dependent on the quality of our STEM education in schools. This is particularly the case for mathematics instruction.
Global Education Research
Latest Education Research in the Public Domain , School improvement , Teaching and learning , Futures thinking , 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.

Research to Practice Initiative
Is providing high quality Primary Science and Technology education a priority in your school? Would your team benefit from expert support to translate the latest educational research into classroom practice?

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