10 May 2013

teacher focusing on child learning

Image courtesy: Giving advice in computer class 


A total of $16 million over four years has been allocated to the University of Queensland to establish a Science of Learning Research Centre. The Centre is funded through the Special Research Initiatives scheme administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

ARC CEO Professor Aidan Byrne said he was genuinely excited about the work of the new Science of Learning Research Centre as it will help Australia build a solid scientific evidence base that can directly inform teaching practices.

“The Centre will bring together high-quality researchers in disciplines ranging from education, neuroscience and cognitive development, pedagogy and educational technology, who will work together with teachers to understand the learning process—this will strengthen Australia’s education and training systems, increasing the stock of pure and applied knowledge.”

With campuses at the University of Queensland and the University of Melbourne, the Science of Learning Research Centre will house a state-of-the-art experimental classroom where the neurological, psychological and social aspects of learning can be studied and measured while students are learning. The Centre will also collaborate with the Australian Council for Educational Research.

Centre Director, Professor Ottmar Lipp, said researchers at the Centre will work together with teachers in the field to further our understanding of learning and the conditions that facilitate it.

“Ultimately we want to provide an evidence base for educational practise and create outcomes that benefit learners in Australia and elsewhere.

“This collaboration will establish new criteria to assess the impact of different types of learning and strategies to inform teaching practices,” he said.

The Centre is a key recommendation of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council Expert Working Group report, Transforming Learning and the Transmission of Knowledge.

For more information about this new Centre please visit the ARC website.