We are committed to working with practitioners, leaders and learners across all the disciplines in which we work.  Engaging with teachers, students, scientists and policy-makers throughout all aspects of our research and teaching ensures that our work remains relevant and meaningful.


Year 12 Science and Maths Academy at Flinders is a pilot project that aims to enhance and support the teaching of Stage 2 Physics, Chemistry and Specialist Mathematics closely aligned with pathways to University.

The Science of Learning Research Centre is a Special Research Initiative of the Australian Research Council. In the Centre, researchers in education, neuroscience and cognitive psychology are working together with teachers to understand the learning process.

The ELL Project aims to improve numeracy outcomes fro more than 2000 children from ages birth to 18  across Port Augusta and Quorn.  It also aims to impact upon the classroom practice of approximately 400 teaching and support staff across 16 sites.

In South Australia the release of the Australian Curriculum has provided the opportunity to think deeply about not only what we want our students to learn, but also how we want them to learn so that they become powerful, expert learners.



The South Australian Teaching for Effective Learning (TfEL) describes the State Government's position on practices that lead to improved student engagement and achievement, and ongoing development of teaching and learning practices in South Australia.

A seminar series for teachers showing that, when leaners develop resilience and resourcefulness, their test scores improve and they are better prepared for the future.  It includes investigation of the use of data and evidence to improve acheivement and lifelong learning.


 The Scientist in Residence program (a collaboration with the South Australian Department for Education and Child Development) investigated a model of professional learning in science education that capitalised upon teachers’ moral purpose, and drove their creativity.

Innovation Project: Evidence-informed culture and pedagogical change in an adult learning environment with a focus on cognitive development resulting in improvements in engagement and achievement.


Innovation Project: Evidence-informed culture and pedagogical change in an new-arrival, English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) environment with a focus on cognitive development resulting in improvements in engagement and achievement. An independent group of technical experts in the field of school evidence evaluation and research, providing guidance on the work of a Learning Impact Fund and on promoting research use more generally.


Membership of Science Council
(SA Government’s Science Advisory body) with special responsibility for STEM education
Evidence-informed renewal of curriculum and assessment practices.


Our Centre's work focusses on generating real-world outcomes in education, science and policy.  We structure our research efforts with application and implimentation in mind, to ensure that the work we do has a meaningful impact in the communities and societies for which it is designed.



Supporting Brain Development



Virtual Distance: Technology is rewriting the rulebook for human interaction

March 2015

Who's Teaching Science in South Australia?
November 2009

Engaging Students in STEM-related Subjects.  What does the research say?

June 2009

School to Work Mathematics and Science Innovation Project

February 2009


Learning for Life in the 21st Century 


Participation, Engagement and Achievement in Mathematics and Science Education.

December 2007