Improving Regional Low SES Students Learning and Wellbeing

Project Overview

This study aims to address the learning and wellbeing needs of over 8000 predominantly low SES students in regional Australia through researching the conditions that enable refinement and extension of a successful curricular and wellbeing program. This student cohorts current low educational performance has significant negative effects on individual employment prospects and broader national productivity.

Their under-achievement and disengagement from schooling also contribute to many antisocial, harmful short- and long-term outcomes for individuals, with significant health and other costs to the broader community. The research has the potential to impact positively on these current outcomes and be applicable to other like settings.

Our team

Research Partners
Deakin University
La Trobe University
University of Tasmania

Project team
Prof. Vaugh Prain (Deakin University)
Prof. Russel Tytler (Deakin University)
A/Prof Damian Blake (Deakin University)
Dr Amanda Mooney (Deakin University)

Prof. Noel Meyers (La Trobe University)
A/Prof Craig Deed (La Trobe University)
Dr Cathleen Farrelly (La Trobe University)

A/Prof Karen Swabey (University of Tasmania)
Dr Tracey Muir (University of Tasmania)
Dr Damon Thomas (University of Tasmania)

Project funding

This project is funded by a Linkage Project grant from the Australian Research Council to the value of $424,174, and additional funding from Anglicare Tasmania ($70,000); Department of Education and Training Victoria ($56,000); Northern Bay P-12 College ($7,000) Bendigo South East College ($3,500); Crusoe Secondary 7-10 College ($3,500); Eaglehawk Secondary College ($3,500) and Weeroona College Bendigo ($3,500)

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Prof. Vaughn Prain
Deakin University