Research to Practice Initiative: Spiral of Inquiry

Research to Practice

If you are interested in learning more please contact Kelly Borg.

The AISNSW Research to Practice Initiative provides teachers the opportunity to use high-impact techniques in classroom practice and be on the front foot to effectively use NSW Syllabuses.

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

Coupled with the latest evidence in effective teaching and learning, teams engage with a dedicated AISNSW consultant to analyse information collected about their students to improve classroom pedagogy.

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 consultants
  • 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 $6000 per year and commit to releasing teachers as appropriate for their active participation.  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.