Science of Learning Research Centre

Leading national paper recognises importance of science-based educational research



National newspaper the Australian Financial Review has named Science of Learning Research Centre Chief Investigator John Hattie as its ‘most powerful’ influencer in the field of Education in the country.

In the AFR Magazine’s 2016 Power issue, published on 22nd September, 2016, Professor John Hattie was singled out as the number one influencer in the field, in a list including Federal and State Education Ministers and other key people supporting education outcomes in Australia.

Professor Hattie is Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at The University of Melbourne and is one of the Science of Learning Research Centre’s 25 Chief Investigators. John leads the SLRC’s Promoting Learning theme which aims to develop tools and strategies which promote learning in formal and informal teaching settings.

The AFR said Professor Hattie’s research brings big data to the problem of deciding which are the best, most cost-efficient way of improving schools. SLRC Achievements.

“His findings are based on statistical meta-analysis of thousands of research papers and his conclusions are the opposite of what many parents expect,” the paper states.

“Professor Hattie is highly influential in policy circles and has a growing public media profile. Governments welcome his research because it tells them there are ways to improve schools without sending large amounts of extra money.”

The Science of Learning Research Centre (SLRC) was established in 2013, funded as an Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative, with the vision to improve learning outcomes at pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary levels through scientifically-validated learning tools and strategies. The SLRC brings together more than 100 neuroscientists, psychologists and education researchers from across the country, collaborating on programs to better understand learning, using a range of innovative experimental techniques and programs.