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.

Our researchers regularly win grants for significant research projects. Our funders include the Australian Research Council (ARC), and external organisations such as government agencies, private industry, the not-for-profit sector and other universities around the world. We conduct educational research ‘the Deakin way’ – prioritising research for education rather than research on education.

We take an outward-facing approach to delivering and translating high quality research and research training into outcomes that are relevant and meaningful to communities. We produce research that addresses local and global challenges, and positively impacts educational theory, policy, teacher practice and student learning.

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Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child is a world first research centre dedicated to creating positive digital childhoods for all Australian children. Deakin University is the only Victorian university selected to take part in the Centre which is headquartered at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Digital technology is having an impact on all aspects of children’s lives including their education. At present there is very little evidence about the amount of screen time that results in positive outcomes for children and the amount that creates risks or harm. Parents and teachers have been left facing conflicting advice about how to ensure that children can benefit from their engagement with technology. The Centre is working to deliver and disseminate evidence-based research that will help parents and teachers better understand the enormous potential of digital technology and how they can keep Australian children healthy, educated and connected.

The Centre’s research intersects across fields of health, education and technology to offer a holistic view of young children and their digital experiences. The heart of the Centre’s research program is its Longitudinal Family Study – a seven-year study of 3000 Australian families, focusing on children from birth to eight years of age. The study is designed to provide the big picture – to identify potential problems and unmet possibilities associated with digital technologies in early childhood.

Find out more about the Centre and the Deakin node.