Education Research Connections


Education Research Connections is NESA accredited Professional Learning delivered via a series of guest presenters from the field of education research. The aim is to facilitate connections between Independent schools and universities whilst sharing recent and relevant research. 

Each session will commence with a networking afternoon tea, followed by a topical presentation from a respected researcher. Speakers will be sourced from universities and other research-based organisations, focusing on a range of areas pertinent to improving the educational outcomes of students. 

Education Research Connections will provide an opportunity each term for you to engage in professional discussions in a learning network founded on research.

2024 Presenters

5 March 2024

Professor Matt Bower

AI - Transforming education practice

Matt Bower is a Professor of Educational Technology in the School of Education at Macquarie University. His work focuses on how contemporary and emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Immersive Virtual Reality, Wearable Technologies and so on can be used to enhance learning outcomes and processes. Matt is Chair of the Australian Technologies Teacher Educators Network and has won multiple national and international awards for his research and teaching. Matt was a member of the national AI in Education taskforce that designed the Australian Framework for Generative AI in Schools and is currently embarking on several research projects relating to innovative uses of generative Artificial Intelligence by teachers and students.

Drawing on recent research and latest developments in the AI field, Professor Matt Bower will discuss how recent advancements in generative AI require us to rethink what students learn, how teachers teach, how we assess, and our beliefs and attitudes surrounding education itself.

6 June 2024

Professor Anne Castles

Enhancing Reading Literacy K-12

Join Professor Anne Castles for a dynamic presentation designed specifically for educators seeking evidence-based strategies in K-12 reading literacy instruction. Explore the latest research findings about learning to read and gain practical strategies to address reading difficulties in students. 

This session aims to bridge the gap between research and practice, empowering educators with actionable insights. Walk away with a deeper understanding of cognitive processes, evidence-based interventions, and interactive strategies to enhance literacy instruction in your classrooms.