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Research

Here at Murdoch University, research is an important part of work of the School of Education. As well as supporting a thriving group of researchers at masters and doctoral levels, School of Education academics engage in research that informs practice and contributes to the collective knowledge of the educational community. Our research informs policy and practice, locally as well as internationally, and is recognised on the global stage. International and comparative perspectives and a commitment to educational equity inform much of our research.

Click here for information on how to enrol in a research degree
and to view the wide range of scholarships on offer for research students (Masters and PhD).

Key findings from an  ACDE (Australian Council of Deans of Education) October 2016 report analysing the research performance of Australian universities in the field of Education, have shown that Murdoch School of Education is among the top 25% of Australian universities. Click here to read the full report. Click here for Murdoch's Research Twitter feed twitter.com/MUniResearch.

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Areas of Research

The School's current areas of research strength are (click on the links for more information):

Please contact Associate Professor Caroline Mansfield Associate Dean Research, for general queries about the School of Education's research strengths and current projects.We also have other opportunities for potential post-graduate research students. Please click here for more information.

Education policy

This multi-disciplinary research area focuses on the nature of educational inequality in Australian schools and the impact on the life chances of the least advantaged. We work with school communities, industry partners, government, NGOs and other researchers within Australia and internationally to examine why things are the way they are, how they got that way and how they can be changed for the better. Our work draws on a broad range of cross-disciplinary backgrounds including the philosophy/sociology/history of education, performance arts, critical pedagogy, Indigenous knowledge, policy analysis and evaluation, comparative education, sustainability, and social psychology. Key to this research is the development of new pedagogies and policies for student engagement and success based on shared reflection and action grounded in the values of empathy, social justice and imagination.

STEM & STEAM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics):

The STEAM Education research involves university researchers and school teachers (practitioner researchers) developing inter-disciplinary curricula and pedagogies that foster higher-order cognitive, social and emotional abilities in young people, preparing them to respond to the challenges of the complex, contested and rapidly evolving worlds and literacies of the 21st century. Tomorrow’s leaders need to be creative and innovative, ethically and politically astute, collaborative decision-makers, and critical reflective thinkers capable of working in multidisciplinary teams. To ensure that science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates have developed these key abilities, we are investigating unique inter-disciplinary synergies between the Arts – language arts, literacies, visual arts, performing arts - and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Our STEAM Education research has multiple foci: primary and secondary education, undergraduate education, teacher education, and postgraduate research.

Click here for more information about how Murdoch postgraduate students are currently involved with STEAM.

Learning sciences: Enhancing the quality of learning

This research group comprises researchers who are studying learning and its facilitation in real-life face-to-face and technology-based collaborative learning environments from a broad, multi-dimensional perspective, and in close collaboration with well-known international research groups. Our aim is to contribute to a solid, empirically based and ecologically valid foundation for designing environments that optimize high quality learning, motivation and wellbeing, and that embrace innovation to improve educational practice. Guided by social cognitive and sociocultural theories of learning and using multiple research methods, we examine how cognitive, metacognitive, motivational, emotional, social and cultural dimensions interact and co-contribute to productive engagement in learning. Our research spans across age groups and contexts, from early childhood to university, and includes teacher education and professional learning. All our empirical work aimed at researching the best ways of facilitating learning is designed and implemented in partnership with educational practitioners. Other significant contributions of our research at the international level are the development of innovative research methodologies to capture, analyze and represent interactive data, and the examination of how established and emerging technologies can enhance the quality of learning.