Science of Learning Research Centre

Australian Research Council – Linkage Project Scheme – SLRC Funding

Congratulations go to SLRC researchers involved in two projects awarded funding yesterday through the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme.

  • SLRC Chief Investigator Professor Annemaree Carroll (UQ) receives $546,000 to investigate how student outcomes can be augmented through coaching teachers in effective feedback practice. The project, which includes the Queensland Department of Education and Training and 12 Queensland schools as partners, addresses a critical problem of stagnating levels of student achievement in Australian schools with the innovative research design combining evidence-based, pedagogies of feedback, formative assessment and instructional coaching to improve teacher practice and ultimately raise student achievement levels. The project aims to guide policy implementation in pedagogy to raise the quality of teaching standards and to improve learning outcomes for Australian students. Ultimately, outcomes from the research will help close the gap for low-achieving students, and challenge and extend those who may already be meeting required benchmarks. Continuing the SLRC’s strong collaborations, this project also involves SLRC Chief Investigators Professor John Hattie (University of Melbourne), Professor Martin Westwell (Flinders) and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Cam Brooks (UQ).


  • SLRC Chief Investigator Professor Robyn Gillies (UQ) is part of a successful Linkage project led by Dr Kim Nichols from UQ’s School of Education, that involves the Queensland Museum, Queensland Government Department of Education and Training and QGC Pty Ltd as its partners.  The project, which will receive $278,000 in ARC funding is titled Community-based STEM professional learning for teachers of middle years. The project aims to develop a museum-based, teacher professional development program based on students’ awareness and performance in STEM education. The project’s aim of developing a STEM professional learning model will help create a more skilled and educated STEM workforce.

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