Round 4 School Based Research Project Update

The Brief: Issue 8

The AIS Education Research Council’s School Based Research Project initiative, established in 2013, continues to attract a diverse range of high quality research project applications.


To date, sixteen projects have completed their AISNSW School Based Research projects, with five more currently in progress. The range of topics being investigated, and the variety of schools undertaking this work, reflect not only the diversity of interests within the independent sector but also the diversity of schools. At the heart of each project is the goal of improving educator practice and student outcomes.

Every project team is made up of practising educators and/or school leaders who are mentored by at least one specialist academic from around the globe. This approach to supporting the research process helps to ensure a rigorous investigation and enables professional learning on topics of focus and the fundamentals of undertaking quality research. This model supports practitioner researchers to produce high quality, rigorous research that reflects their experience, perspectives and contexts.  

In 2016, three schools were successful in being selected for AISNSW funding and support to undertake research in their school contexts.

  • Avondale School: Impact of faith development activities on school climate
  • Carinya Christian School: Music tuition and literacy achievement
  • Mater Dei School: Engineering for all

This Brief summarises the progress of this cohort of projects to the mid-point of their research, and outlines what their second year will hold.

Download the Brief to read about each of these exciting projects.  

AIS Research Summaries
Pedagogical practice
School based research
Teaching and learning
Design thinking
The Brief