Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR)


Research within CTLR is clustered within three main research themes which are underpinned by our desire for meaningful impact on issues that address equity within society.

Teacher Learning and Practitioner Research

Research that supports teacher learning and practitioner research continues to be a major goal of CTLR. We not only support research conducted by teachers and educational practitioners associated with our research centre, but we also conduct our own research that identifies the successful ingredients of teacher researchers and school-university research partnerships.

The Social Context of Learning

We recognise that learning does not occur in a vacuum. Research within this theme examines the impact society has on students' learning and related outcomes. Understanding how background characteristics, processes beyond the classroom, and societal institutions impact learning is essential in understanding different student outcomes.

This theme will be expanded over the next few years to encompass collaborations with other research centres - within the School of Education and Social Work, ie. the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY) as well as across the University, ie. the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice.

Approaches to Learning

Understanding which approaches and interventions help students learn is the focus of the research conducted within this theme. Research in this area spans the evaluation of whole-school approaches, to interventions that focus on specific learner populations.

This theme also encompasses research focused on specific subject areas, such as English (including literacy), mathematics, history, music, modern foreign languages and science.