Completed Practitioner Research Projects

Over the past five years, our program participants have included school leaders, support teachers and classroom teachers. They have worked individually or in groups of two or three to complete a diverse range of practitioner research projects. We have listed them here in categories but because of the nature of some projects, they are listed under multiple headings.

Literacy / English

  • Strive to Thrive: Improving Year 4 reading through multiple interventions
  • Explicit and effective writing feedback in the classroom
  • Reading to Learn: Improving writing outcomes for students
  • The impact of the implementation of a phonological awareness program on emergent readers in their third year of formal schooling 
  • Write-Right-DAILY! Effects of daily explicit instruction and practice in the writing process in a Year 3 classroom
  • The New Group Reading Test: Is it a viable alternative to the use of PROBE 2 and PAT-R for assessing comprehension in Years 3 – 6?
  • The impact of writing goals and feedback on writing in an early years classroom
  • The effects of immersing students in high quality literature and explicitly linking reading and writing instruction in a Year 3 and 4 classroom
  • What impact can quick writes and mini writing lessons have on student attitude, self-efficacy and achievement when writing? 
  • How does creating or engaging with art affect creative writing? A Year 1 study
  • Choral singing promotes vocabulary acquisition in middle childhood                                 
  • Does creating individualised reading goals for students have a positive effect on their reading progress?           
  • Tackling literacy one classroom at a time: Teaching writing at a whole school level in a secondary context
  • From weakly to weekly: Vocabulary acquisition in Year 9 English
  • ETC and the English Classroom: The conceptualisation and enabling of student thinking by English teachers and its alignment with school-based pedagogical frameworks
  • Literacy in secondary school mathematics: Building confidence

Numeracy / Mathematics

  • Proportional reasoning: A school-wide case study of teachers’ intentions, practice and reflections in a primary school
  • How does explicit teaching of problem solving and proportional reasoning impact on children’s abilities to solve proportional reasoning problems?
  • Differentiation in mathematics teaching to enhance achievement gains and change students’ perception about mathematics
  • How does an inquiry approach to mathematics enhance learning?
  • Inquiry-based learning and its impact on student’s ability to solve generic mathematics problems
  • An exploration of a framework for formative assessment of experiences in the mathematics classroom that elicits thinking and makes it visible
  • Literacy in secondary school mathematics: Building confidence

Well-Being

  • Teacher well-being within the learning community
  • “Talk to your Brain!” Growth Mindset: The power of self-talk
  • Anxiety-reducing strategies in a Year 3 and 4 classroom
  • Emotional well-being of school students is directly linked to quality daily interactions at school rather than specific programs
  • Implementing and evaluating a social emotional learning intervention program

Parent Engagement

  • Home-school partnerships that promote parent engagement in primary schools
  • The role of the principal in establishing and valuing school communities through parent engagement
  • How does the use of Seesaw in the classroom contribute to a home-school relationship?
  • Parental engagement in student education and the transition to High School

Pedagogies

  • How does the installation of additional whiteboards in primary school classrooms impact student engagement and teacher pedagogy? A Year 3 case study
  • What pedagogical adjustments are required in a flexible learning space to ensure student engagement and learning effectiveness? A case study
  • The presumption of Goodness: Positive approaches to student engagement
  • What are the perceptions and dispositions of NAPLAN preparation on teacher pedagogical practices?
  • Differentiation in the classroom: Empowering teachers’ pedagogy

Classroom Management

  • Knowing Me, Knowing Them, Knowing Us: A teacher’s experience of using the Enneagram as a behaviour management tool in the classroom
  • Setting up for success: A focus on social skills development in a Year 1 classroom
  • Positive classroom management in a Prep music classroom
  • Using music to support transitions and focus in an early childhood setting
  • The impact of thinking routines on students’ use of collaboration skills

Digital Technologies

  • Keeping children safe online: Student cyber safety
  • Digital technology integration for 21st century learning: A focus on teachers’ beliefs, attitudes, and self-efficacy
  • Engaging Indigenous students through virtual and augmented reality

STEM Education

  • Specialised STEM providers in schools – An evaluation
  • Full STEAM Ahead: A case study – The beginnings of STEAM in a school community
  • How do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures enhance the primary STEM curriculum?

Indigenous Education

  • How do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures enhance the primary STEM curriculum?
  • Engaging Indigenous students through virtual and augmented reality

Inquiry-based learning                                                          

  • What impact does product-oriented inquiry have on student learning?
  • Developing a Culture of Thinking in an Australian state primary school                             
  • Engaging highly capable students: Can intrinsic motivation, engagement and the academic outcomes of gifted students be increased through project-based learning opportunities in the classroom?
  • Inquiry learning: Training students to become collaborative researchers
  • How does an inquiry approach to mathematics enhance learning?
  • Inquiry-based learning and its impact on students’ ability to solve generic mathematics problems

Professional Development

  • Teacher expectations as hypotheses for inquiry.
  • How do teachers at different career stages perceive their participation in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as a means of meeting their professional learning needs?
  • Using classroom profiling training to change teachers’ practice      

School Leadership

  • The role of school leadership teams in the support of teachers to create pedagogical shifts in their use of digital technologies             
  • Leaders empowering others
  • Drowning in data: Current trends in the use of academic data in a Queensland primary school
  • The role of the principal in establishing and valuing school communities through parent engagement

Outdoor Education / Learning

  • A Place to Play: Designing learning spaces in an outdoor environment
  • The impact outdoor learning environments have on students’ personal, social and emotional development
  • Developing sustainability understandings in the Kitchen Garden

Student Support / Differentiation

  • Working on working memory
  • Teachers’ perspectives of using the ACARA Personal and Social Continuum as a framework for improving outcomes for students with autism
  • Differentiation in the classroom: Empowering teachers’ pedagogy
  • What are the factors influencing the effectiveness of the use of visuals with autistic students?
  • Transferring information from short-term to long-term memory
  • Language is linked to behaviour: Common language = changed behaviour. A case study

Music Education

  • Music extension as a catalyst for whole class engagement: The impact of an Orff Music
  • Extension program on highly capable students
  • Positive classroom management in a Prep music classroom
  • Choral singing promotes vocabulary acquisition in middle childhood                                 

Language Learning

  • Transition from primary to secondary Japanese language learning: The Edge Hill State School student experience

Health & Physical Education

  • Developing physical literacy: Fundamental motor skills intervention for Year 1 students
  • The impact of coaches on primary school students’ outcomes in swimming

Social Sciences / Global Citizenship

  • Understanding why boys are not choosing Social Science beyond Year 9
  • Active citizens in a global society
  • “Intercultural Understanding” at our school: How are we doing?