Research Groups

Members of the FEFRI are part of research centres, groups or clusters. Members of these research centres, groups or clusters engage in individual research activities, or collaborate with colleagues from other research groups, either from within the School of Education, other Flinders University disciplines, or external universities.


Sport, Health and Physical Education (SHAPE)

SHAPE began life in 2007 as the Physical Education Research Group. In 2009, Professor Murray Drummond expanded the group to include sport and health research and subsequently re-named the research group SHAPE. The group brings together researchers at Flinders University each with a unique focus around sport, health and physical education.

Student Wellbeing and Prevention of Violence (SWAPv)

The Centre is dedicated to making a difference to the health and wellbeing of young people’s lives focusing on promoting mental health and preventing violence in educational settings. SWAPv has a number of special interest groups.

Clusters and Groups

Leadership and Management Group (FLAME)

We share a commitment to sustainable organisations and government through the development of leadership and management capacity.

Flinders Research in Early Childhood Education (FREChE)

FREChE was established in 2008. The group comprises academics, post-graduate students and professional educators who share a commitment to research that enhances the development of equitable and socially just early childhood education and care.

Flinders Rural and Remote Research Education Group (FRRERG)

FRRERG is committed to undertaking research that leads to enhanced knowledge and understanding which will improve participation and outcomes associated with rural and remote education. FRRERG has a strong preference for working in partnership with communities, professional groups and individuals to profile and work towards the resolution of issues.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Group

The Flinders University School of Education conducts rigorous qualitative and quantitative research into the impact of IB programs in schools. The School offers expertise in theory and practice consistent with IB philosophy, practices and expectations, such as constructivist learning theory, development of self-regulated learners, differentiation and assessment. The School of Education calls on the broad interdisciplinary expertise of other university departments and has productive links with an extensive network of IB World Schools in South Australia.

Magenta Fler

The Multilingual and Global Engagement Association for Languages Education Research Group (Magenta Fler) comprises staff, postgraduate students and teachers interested in issues involved in language learning and language teaching.

Research in Special Education (RISE)

Members of the Research in Special Education (RISE) group are academics, post graduate students and professional educators with interests in a diverse range of areas associated with special and inclusive education.

Sciences of Learning in Education (SoLE)

The purpose of the SoLE research group is to bring together researchers in the School of Education and at Flinders University who are interested in the better understanding of the complex processes involved in learning within an interdisciplinary perspective that includes socio-cultural, cognitive, and neuroscience perspectives. The group is committed to undertaking basic and applied research in learning for the improvement of education.

Social Inquiry

The Social Justice Research Collective (SJRC) was established midway through 2004. It is comprised of both early career and experienced researchers from the School of Education who are broadly interested in social justice pedagogies and research.

Southern Schools

The School of Education has formed an on-going research relationship with a group of DECD schools in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. The relationship evolved out contacts with schools and has recently developed into a productive partnership that has been driven in large part by the schools themselves. The innovative element in this partnership is the focus on research that addresses the needs of each of the schools.

Former research groups

Family Learning Network (FLN)

The Family Learning Project was established by the Northern Area Community Youth Services (NACYS) Inc., Elizabeth Downs Primary School and Elizabeth East Primary School. The project was designed to promote primary school students’ academic achievement by improving service coordination and implementing advocacy and community development strategies to address the social and environmental factors that impact negatively on the well-being of families.


KidsMatter aimed to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children, reduce mental health problems amongst children, and achieve greater support for children experiencing mental health difficulties, and their families. It included KidsMatter Early Childhood, designed for implementation in preschools and long day care: and KidsMatter Primary, designed for implementation in Australian primary schools.