About

The Educational Psychology Research Group, led by Professors Andrew Martin and Slava Kalyuga at UNSW, focuses on research into cognitive, motivational, and social processes relevant to learning, achievement, teaching techniques, and instructional design. Cognitive load theory is an instructional theory derived from our knowledge of the evolutionary bases of human cognitive architecture and has generated a large range of instructional effects that can be used by teachers, instructors and researchers. Research into motivational and social processes in education focus on theories and factors relevant to the student and his/her context that impact learning and achievement.

Research

In recent years (since 2008), the academics involved in cognitive load theory research area published: 2 books, more than 20 book chapters, and more than 60 referred journal articles. A best paper award was received at EARLI (the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction) SIG 6&7 Conference (2012). An Excellence in postgraduate supervision award was received by Paul Ayres in 2012. Among other achievements were memberships of editorial boards of Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational Psychology Review (John Sweller, Slava Kalyuga), and Learning and Instruction (Slava Kalyuga)- top journals in the field with highest impact factors (all above 2), associate editorship of Applied Cognitive Psychology (Paul Ayres, 2010-2013), Learning and Instruction (Slava Kalyuga, since 2014), and chairing a Division for American Education Research Association Annual Conference (Paul Ayres, 2009). Many invited talks (with all expenses paid) were delivered at universities and other organisations around the world (e.g., Kent State University, USA; Georgia Tech, USA; AERA, Washington, USA; University of Macau, Beijing University, Hong Kong University, National Central University of Taiwan, Shanghai University, Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia, Education Bureau of Hong Kong Government – just to list a few). The staff members worked as consultants for projects conducted by Canon Australia, Kaplan Inc. (USA). Special issues on cognitive lad theory were edited in leading international journals: Educational Psychology Review (2009; 2014), Computers in Human Behavior (2009), Instructional Science (2010), Applied Cognitive Psychology (2012), Journal of Educational Technology and Society (2015). International income was received from Hong Kong Government, Education Bureau (2011-2012) 240,000 HKD; University of Hong Kong (2009-2010), 90,000HKD (S. Kalyuga). An ARC Discovery (Paul Ayres, 2010-2011) and two Goldstar (Slava Kalyuga, 2011; Paul Ayres, 2013) grants were also awarded. John Sweller and Slava Kalyuga were ranked among the world 10th most productive educational psychologists for the years 2003-2008 [Contemporary Educational Psychology, 2010, 35, 11-16].


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Community Engagement

The Educational Psychology team has strong partnerships with a range of educational providers, including:

Schools

  • Government Schools (Australia-wide)
  • Systemic Catholic Schools (Australia-wide)
  • Independent Schools (Australia-wide)

Non-governmental organisations

  • Early Start Research Institute, Wollongong
  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • Australasian Boarding Schools Association
  • Catholic Education Office
Postgraduate CourseworkPostgraduate Research
Videos Professor Andrew Martin, Educational Psychology, School of Education, UNSW Australia   Professor Andrew Martin, Educational Psychology, School of Education, UNSW Australia

Students’ personal best goals and how these affect motivation and engagement is Professor Andrew Martin’s current area of research in Educational Psychology. Listen to what he has to say about his research here.

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Videos Emma Burns, PhD student in Educational Psychology, School of Education, UNSW Australia   Emma Burns, PhD student in Educational Psychology, School of Education, UNSW Australia

Emma Burns explains why her research on growth goals is important and which goals align best with academic outcomes. Emma is a PHD student in Educational Psychology at UNSW Australia.

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Videos Dr Rebecca Collie, post-doctoral fellow in Educational Psychology, School of Education   Dr Rebecca Collie, post-doctoral fellow in Educational Psychology, School of Education

Dr Rebecca Collie’s research focuses on how principals can support teachers’ motivation and wellbeing and whether this is linked to students’ learning outcomes. Dr Collie is a post-doctoral fellow at UNSW Australia.

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