Research in the School of Education

The School of Education is recognised nationally and internationally for its research.

We are consistently rated at world standard in the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia.

Our researchers address complex issues in educational policy and practice that matter to urban, regional and rural communities.

We engage in high-level conversations, pushing the boundaries of what is possible to create a more resilient, equitable and just society. 

We deliver high-quality research training, skills development and support to local education professionals, supervisors, students and external stakeholders.

Our Master of Education (Research) and Doctor of Philosophy give students the opportunity to undertake problem-based research to solve education problems and improve learning outcomes.

La Trobe has also recently opened up its industry PhD program, traditionally available to science and health students, to students embarking on research in Education.

And, we work closely with our partners to develop specialist postgraduate, professional development and higher degree opportunities for the profession.

Our research aligns with La Trobe’s research themes: Healthy people, families and communities and Social change and equity.

Our Director of Research is Professor Sue Grieshaber and our Director of Graduate Research is Professor Jo Lampert.

Research areas

By developing innovative and progressive research, we are helping to transform the education profession and improve outcomes for all learners and their communities.

Our research is grouped into three key areas:

Area lead: Associate Professor Craig Deed

Teachers manage a range of challenges including workforce shortages, community expectations and teaching effectively in different contexts.

Our researchers examine and develop methods and practices of teaching, known as pedagogies, that are cutting-edge, context-based, promote new ways of learning, and meet the needs of students.

We explore:

  • current and future workforce shortages
  • evidence-based practices that enhance learning in a range of contexts
  • contemporary learning and differentiated teaching across the education sector
  • impactful pedagogical approaches in a range of social, cultural, virtual, outdoor and classroom learning contexts
  • how education professionals adapt to contemporary social change.

Area lead: Professor Pamela Snow

Learning sciences is the interdisciplinary study of how learning happens, drawing upon cognitive and social psychology to inform teaching and learning design.

Our researchers investigate how student learning occurs, how to pair knowledge about learning with impactful pedagogies, continued professional learning, and explicit instruction techniques.

We explore:

  • transfer of evidence-based knowledge into classroom practice to strengthen student outcomes
  • use of assessment data to inform selection and implementation of impactful pedagogies to advance student learning
  • how school-based change occurs in the application of evidence in classroom teaching and how this journey impacts teachers and students.

Area lead: Professor Jo Lampert

This interdisciplinary field of study examines social justice, equity and the role of education in addressing social advantage and disadvantage for learners from diverse populations.

Our researchers investigate ability/disability, gender and sexuality, race, social class, Indigeneity and human rights.

We explore:

  • how educators committed to social justice and diversity can drive change in academic achievement data for people from low socioeconomic contexts
  • building a profession equipped with teaching strategies that positively impact the prospects of young people from low socioeconomic contexts and build aspirations for continued learning
  • how working with parents and local communities can support student learning and achievement
  • growing the teaching workforce in diverse urban, regional, rural and hard-to-staff schools.

Photo of Associate Professor Craig Deed

Everyone has an opinion on teachers and schools. In the School of Education, we consider how to influence the interactions between teaching, learning, wellbeing and context. We want our research to be used by teachers to help every student to be successful.

Associate Professor Craig Deed
School of Education

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