About Our Research

The School of Education is a research intensive school involved in many high-level projects at the national and international level. We have ongoing collaborations with external researchers and educators, governments, non-government organisations and industry as well as an active and multinational higher degree student community.

Our academic staff and higher degree students come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and research traditions but they share a strong commitment to researching and improving learning and teaching and building stronger educational communities. Our research is framed around three broad areas of inquiry:

1. How do people learn best?
2. How do we address learner diversity?
3. How do we ensure high-quality learning and teaching (with a focus on educational policy and leadership, professional development and effective curriculum and assessment)?

Approaches to educational research range from experimental, interventionist and action-oriented forms of research, through ethnographic and case study research to more philosophical and critical forms of educational inquiry.

Recent research highlights in the School of Education:

Educational Psychology takes top honours

Prof Andrew Martin The School of Education Educational Psychology group has just been ranked in the World’s Top 20 Most Productive Institutions in Educational Psychology, and two of researchers have also featured in the ranks of the World’s Most Productive Educational Psychologists: Professor Andrew Martin (School of Education): Ranked #1 in terms of sole and first authorships and Ranked #8 in absolute output for his work on student motivation, student engagement, and the factors that ‘switch kids on’ ; Emeritus Professor John Sweller (School of Education): Ranked #10 in terms of sole and first authorships and Ranked #12 in absolute output for his work on the cognitive and instructional processes that help student learn and remember best

Dr Harsha Perera - AERA Division E-Counseling Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2016

Dr Harsha Perera ECR Dr Harsha Perera has won another great honour for his research work, the American Educational Research (AERA) Division E-Counseling Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2016. Harsha also recently received the UTS Chancellor's List prize, which recognises doctoral research of the highest calibre across all faculties of the University, and the 2015 Australian Association for Research in Education Ray Debus Award for the most outstanding doctoral research in education in Australia.

Professor Anne Burns, Professor David Nunan, Dr Christian Chun - TESOL International Awards

Anne Burns Large Image The School'sextremely strong international profile in TESOL was recognised recently with three staff honoured in Baltimore with distinguished awards. Professor Anne Burns was selected as one of TESOL International’s ’50 at 50’ – recognising those who have made a significant contribution to the TESOL profession within the past 50 years, rising above other accomplishments in significance over a period of years. Adjunct Professor and one of our most noted alumnus Professor David Nunan was also a recipient. Dr Christian Chun was chosen as one of TESOL International’s ’30 Up and Coming’ – acknowledging 30 emerging leaders who will shape the TESOL association and profession in the years to come - a great honour for an early career researcher.

American Educational Research Association honours Education staff

Dr Rebecca Collie - UNSW School of Education ECR Dr Rebecca Collie was recognised as an Outstanding Reviewer for 2015 for the American Educational Research Journal, with a presentation to her recently at the annual conference in Washington.

Dr Mai Ngo Tuyet - Endeavour Post-doctoral Fellowship

Endeavour Fellowship UNSW School of Education PhD graduate Dr Mai Ngo Tuyet has been awarded a year long Endeavour post-doctoral fellowship to continue her collaborative work with her supervisors, Professors Colin Evers and Stephen Marshall.

Joanne Danker – Lee Mills Award recipient

AASE Lee Mills PhD student Joanne Cherie Danker was one of two winners of the Lee Mills awards, awarded by the Australian Association of Special Education (AASE). She received this for her research article ‘Engaging students with autism spectrum disorders in research through participant-driven photo-elicitation research technique’.

Professor Sue Starfield – New book on academic writing

Ethnographic Perspectives Congratulations to Professor Sue Starfield who has a new book out with Oxford University Press, Ethnographic Perspectives on Academic Writing, co-authored with Brian Paltridge and Christine Tardy.

Emily Edwards and Anne Burns – Publication recognition

IJELT UNSW School of Education PhD student, Emily Edwards, and her main supervisor, Professor Anne Burns’ co-authored article ‘Language teacher action research: Achieving sustainability’, was listed fourth out of fifty of the most-read articles for February 2016 in the international English Language Teaching Journal.

A/Prof Iva Strnadová – Research Grant

A/Prof Iva Strnadova Associate Professor Iva Strnadová was awarded a highly competitive research grant by the Charles University Research Council (Czech Republic). The research grant "Formal support of parents with intellectual disabilities: Analysis of capabilities, knowledge and attitudes of social workers supporting parents with intellectual disabilities within home-based services" will be led by Iva Strnadová, Zdenka Adamčíková, and Jana Bernoldova.