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Research Partnerships making a Difference: A showcase of DET funded research partnerships

This symposium will showcase the breadth of quality research that the Department is partnered on, including Education Horizon grants and ARC linkage projects.

Researchers and interested people are invited to attend the showcase on Monday 21 November 2016 from 10am - 3pm at the Level 12 Conference Room, 30 Mary Street, Brisbane.

A variety of speakers will feature from Australian Catholic University, Griffith University, University of Southern Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, and The University of Melbourne, with a welcome address by the Director-General, Dr Jim Watterston.

Three sessions will be held from 10am - 12pm (Education Horizon grants), 12pm - 1pm (posters and networking lunch), and 1pm - 3pm (ARC linkage projects).

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Please RVSP by the 15 November 2016.


'How long does it take to achieve academically in a second language?' Investigating variables that impact academic outcomes for EAL learners in Queensland schools. Dr Margaret Kettle (QUT), Dr Sue Creagh (UQ) and Dr Jennifer Alford (QUT).

The panel shared the timeframes for how long it takes English as a Second Language learners in Queensland schools to achieve academic parity with first language peers. They also discussed qualitative accounts from students, teachers and administrators about the personal and school-based variables that contribute to academic success.
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Teachers' Learning in Action: Research, Policy and Practice, Dr Ian Hardy (UQ), Ms Trish McEvery (Kirwan State School), Ms Grace Hodges (Kirwan State School) and Ms Deb Fisher (DET).

The presenters drew upon a broad body of literature on the nature of teachers' learning practices (research), insights into the current policy context of increased attention to evidence and data (policy), and a specific example of teachers' experience in one school site (practice).

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The Age Appropriate Pedagogies Program - Research informed and research led practice in the early years of school, Dr Mary Lincoln (DET), A/Prof Bev Fluckiger (Griffith University), Kerri Jones (DET).

In this forum the presenters identified the characteristics of effective age-appropriate pedagogies drawn from an analysis of contemporary literature. The presenters also outlined the scope of the continuing and expanded research program with a focus on the impact and implications for leaders and leading, teachers and teaching, and learners and learning.

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'You are not thinking, you are just being logical': creative thinking, executive functions and NAPLAN results, Professor Martin Westwell, Flinders University.

Prof Westwell discussed some of the changes in thinking (and NAPLAN results) that have occurred when teachers have thoughtfully and intentionally put the cognitive science principles behind low-floor, high-ceiling activities into practice.

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When is a partnership truly a partnership? Tips for a successful ARC linkage collaboration from Australian Education Jurisdictions, Dr Angela Ferguson (DET), Professor Annemaree Carroll (UQ), Dr Rob Stevens (NSW DoE), Ms Shani Prendergast (Catholic Education, Melbourne), and Dr Zoran Endekov (Vic DET).

This presentation provided an overview of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage scheme, highlighting the key benefits of partnerships and the success criteria for research collaboration between academia and education jurisdictions from a predominately jurisdictional and school perspective.

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The Ethical Use of Data In Schools, Associate Professor Greg Thompson, Nerida Spina and Dr Judy Smeed, QUT.

The presenters described how the ethical use of data requires education policy makers and practitioners to question assumptions about the neutrality of data in order to ensure that data is being collected and used for its intended purposes.

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Engaging in Education, Associate Professor Kathy Mills QUT; Associate Professor Linda Graham and Doctor Sue Walker, QUT

A/Prof Kathy Mills shared her findings from her research on Engaging Students through Indigenous Ways to Multimodal Literacy.
A/Prof Linda Graham and Professor Sue Walker discuss Emerging gender differences in the early years of school.

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Please email if you would like to register for these or future events.



ARC Showcase 2015 - Innovation in Action

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage scheme aims to promote partnership and collaboration between academia and industry. Bringing together researchers, business, industry, and other publicly funded research agencies, the ARC Linkage scheme is important in its promotion of national and international research and industry partnerships. For more than a decade, the department has developed and nurtured a range of fruitful partnerships between a selection of Australian Universities.

To celebrate and showcase the department's success in the 2015 round of ARC linkage partnerships, the department hosted the symposium: Innovation in Action, featuring presentations from the Director-General, Dr Jim Watterston, and a lead researcher from three new ARC projects.

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School bullying in government schools in Australia: perceptions of stakeholders, Ken Rigby, University of South Australia

This presentation is based on a Government funded project on the prevalence and effectiveness of approaches in Australian Government Schools undertaken by the School of Education at the University of South Australia.

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Bridging the Gap for At-Risk Readers: Reading theory into classroom practice, Bruce Knight, CQU and Grant Webb, DET

This collaborative project between researchers and practitioners is focussed on providing a solution to improving reading achievement. It applies new practical lenses to naturalistic classroom settings to impact sustainable differentiated classroom reading instruction, particularly for at-risk students.

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The Crime Reducing Effects of Education: Evidence from Australia, Professor Michael Kidd and Doctor Tony Beatton, QUT

This project is a joint initiative between Department of Education and Training, the Queensland Police Service, and Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General. The research seeks to inform education and economic policy on the extent to which additional years of education contribute to reduction in youth crime.

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The OECD's Education Work, Professor Bob Lingard and Doctor Sam Sellar, UQ

The presentation discusses the growing influence both inside the OECD and globally of the OECD's education work. The role of this work in global governance of education and the creation of a global system of mutual accountability in education is also considered.

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Project ABILITY, Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, UQ

The Project ABILITY model involves a multiagency ABILITY team - including school staff and practitioners from government and non-government agencies engaging with students and their families to identify and address issues contributing to truancy (e.g. family disruption, substance misuse, bullying etc.)

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