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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, industry, the non-government sector and the broader community.

Research plan

Our research plan 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 department's standards for ethical research practice) ensures it is:

  • accessible​
  • ethical
  • integrated and aligned
  • open and collaborative
  • high quality.

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

Research priorities

The department supports research that assists us to deliver effective and focussed education, now and into the future. The department has identified 8 priority research themes to maximise the benefits to the government and local communities of research undertaken within schools or other departmental locations.

All research applications to conduct research in departmental sites are assessed on their merit. The priority research questions, identified under each priority research theme, are used to: encourage researchers to investigate critical areas of relevance to the department, inform internal research approval processes and prioritise departmental participation in research projects. We are particularly looking for applications that align with the priorities outlined below.

  • Pedagogy, curriculum and assessment – identified effective learning, teaching and assessment practices.
  • Empowered learners – engaging with and encouraging learners’ thoughts and opinions about their education.
  • Learning in the 21st Century – developing the skills needed to engage with cultural and technological evolution.
  • Transitions, pathways and lifelong learning – creating successful transitions between home, education, university, employment and lifelong learning.
  • Health and wellbeing – understanding and enhancing health and wellbeing for teaching and learning.
  • Community connections and integration – improving the integration of learning centres into the community.
  • The diverse learner – supporting the diverse impacts on learning and understanding the subjective context of learners.
  • Leadership, expertise and support – pursing excellence in staff leadership and expertise, and supporting educators.
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Last updated 11 May 2022