The AISNSW Research to Practice Initiative gives teachers the opportunity to use high-impact techniques in classroom practice and be on the front foot with the new NSW Syllabus for the Australian curriculum: Science and Technology K-6.

Research to Practice is a year-long partnership between AISNSW and primary school teams. Using the Spiral of Inquiry framework for collaborative inquiry, teams work together to improve their practice and transform the teaching and learning of Science and Technology in their contexts.

Coupled with the latest evidence in effective teaching and learning, Research to Practice teams engage with a dedicated AISNSW consultant to analyse the information they have collected about their students to improve important characteristics of pedagogy in Science and Technology.

How does it work?

Schools commit to a year-long partnership with AISNSW, beginning in Term One of each school year.

As part of the partnership, schools will:

  • participate in a one-day introductory event
  • receive regular, ongoing, tailored support from AISNSW primary consultants
  • be supported in the implementation of the new K-6 Science and Technology Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum
  • have opportunity to present findings from their involvement in the initiative at an AISNSW event
  • participate in an impact evaluation of the initiative.

Research to Practice reflects a co-contribution model whereby schools contribute $4000 per year and commit to releasing teachers as appropriate for their active participation in the initiative.  In return AISNSW provides consultancy support and access to quality resources and professional learning.

Transform research into practice

Use current research to inquire into current practice in primary science and technology teaching and learning and identify areas for quality improvement.

Focus on learners

Keep learners at the centre of the inquiry; “What is going on for our learners?”, “How do we know?”, “Why does it matter?”


Teaching teams working as learning communities, with regular, ongoing support from AISNSW.