Our research

Educational research at Deakin is based on critical collaborations with key stakeholders, international scholars and agencies including government, industry and schools.  We engage in purposeful, strategic knowledge transfer through scholarly publications and professional forums which impact education policy and practice.

We investigate and provide innovative research that impacts on policy in four key priority areas:

Children, Young People and their Communities

The Children, Young People and their Communities (CYPC) research program is a transdisciplinary program which focuses on the intersection between education and the various factors that shape and impact on the lives of children, young people and communities. We draw on a range of methodological and theoretical approaches that connect a critical and transformative agenda. Our research provides insight into the practices and relations within and beyond education sites that can undermine but also enable the academic, psychological, social and emotional development of children and young people. Such an agenda is informed by a view of social justice that seeks to improve economic, cultural and political disadvantage. We position education in its many forms as imperative to this process. It is from this socially inclusive platform that we inform policy and practice that benefits children, young people and their communities.

Our activities

The Children Young People and their Communities (CYPC) Provocations Series is intended to build new conceptual, theoretical and methodological knowledge around a topic of interest to the group. Our first Provocation in the series was Post Qualitative Research: Towards Post Enquiry.

Curriculum, Assessment, Pedagogy and Digital Learning

The Curriculum, Assessment, Pedagogy and Digital Learning (CAPDL) program of research focuses on understanding young people’s engagement with the digital world and the implications for education or educational research. It does so through advancing curriculum and pedagogical theory, with the creative and innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment necessary for global and digital futures. The Deakin Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) will be an integral focus and lead from the premise that pedagogy and curriculum practices take place in-process and are negotiated within unequally empowered systemic and social-cultural contexts.

We work across multiple sectors in socially, culturally and ethnically diverse sites, and in close partnership with government, education systems, practitioners and students. Major education systems partners include the Department of Education, Victoria; the Catholic Education Office Melbourne and the International Baccalaureate Organisation – Singapore, and The Hague.

Education Policy and Governance

The Education Policy and Governance (EGP) program engages in theoretically robust research on education governance, organisational change and policy, and the impact on professional identities and work. Its underpinning aim is to promote inclusive and innovative educational environments, leadership practices and professional accountability that address cultural diversity and equity. In particular, we will advance research that explores the interplay between individual aspirations and possibilities, organisational contexts, complex national and international regulatory and policy environments that shape educational and occupational futures. This group adopts a comparative multidisciplinary approach arising from its cross-national networks in Asia, Europe and Canada, and that informs thinking around the scalar politics of education, transnational mobilities, international education, graduate employability and global restructurings of educational work and workplaces.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEME) research program has a core focus around understanding how to make STEME more innovative and engaging for teachers, students and industry. STEME’s outreach extends across from the early years, to higher education and professional learning and into industry through partnerships with the Australian Government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Victorian Department of Education and Training. The group’s research takes an inquiry based approach which examines classroom practice, the relationship between the STEM disciplines and the development of innovative pedagogies to support student reasoning and collaborative problem solving. The STEME research program seeks to create greater links between the education system, policy makers, international partners such as the University of Manchester and the STEM research community with the broader goal of achieving social, environmental and economic sustainability.