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Our plan and priorities

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Quality research is vital to the department. We rely on robust evidence to understand the impact of what we do and to improve how we do it.

We use research to:

  • inform policies and programs
  • find approaches to teaching and learning that meet Queensland's diverse needs
  • support service delivery
  • transform practices
  • improve the links between education and training providers, industry, the non-government sector, and the broader community.

Research plan

Our research plan (PDF, 3.1MB) creates alignment between research and the department's strategic priorities to get the most out of research activities and investment.

Principles that guide our research (including the departments Standards for ethical research practice) ensures it is:

  • ethical
  • of a high quality
  • open and collaborative
  • unique and aligned; and
  • accessible.

The plan also includes information about the process of applying to conduct research.

Research priorities

The department has identified eight priority research themes (PDF, 548KB) to focus research in areas that will optimise education service outcomes and facilitate the achievement of the Queensland Government Our Future State: Advancing Queensland’s Priorities plan. While we assess all research applications on their merit, we are particularly looking for applications that align with the priorities outlined below.

  • Empowered learners - creating respectful child-centred learning environments that empower learners and encourage their thoughts and opinions.
  • The diverse learner - supporting an inclusive approach to diversity that understands the individual, cultural and community context of learners and prevents bullying.
  • Health and wellbeing - understanding and enhancing health and wellbeing for teaching and learning.
  • Pedagogy, curriculum and assessment - identifing effective learning, teaching and assessment practices.
  • Leadership, expertise and support - pursuing excellence in staff leadership and expertise, and supporting educators.
  • Community connections and integration - improving the integration of learning centres into the community.
  • Transitions, pathways and lifelong learning - creating successful transitions between home, education, university, employment and lifelong learning.
  • Learning in the 21st Century - developing the skills needed to engage with cultural and technological evolution.
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Last updated 12 July 2019