Friday, 6 July 2012

The Science of Learning: improving eduacation

Researchers and educational bodies are encouraged to partner up and help improve education for our children, by identifying new teaching practices that are based on solid scientific evidence.

The Australian Government will invest in this new partnership and evidence-base by establishing a $16 million multidisciplinary Science of  Learning Research Centre.

Calling for eligible research institutions to apply to administer the new centre, Acting Australian Research Council Chief Executive Officer Ms  Leanne Harvey said the Government is strengthening our education system and  focussing on identifying the best teaching methods to ensure our children get  the best start in life.

“This Science of Learning Research Centre will help Australia build a scientific evidence base that can directly inform teaching practices,” Ms Harvey said.

“It will do this by bringing together high-quality researchers, education professionals and parents, who will share their diverse knowledge and  experience.

“Research translated into live educational settings will also be an essential activity of the centre. This first-hand situation will allow researchers to test the transfer of new insights into practice, and will  integrate digital technology as a learning tool.

“Overall, with the centre, we aim to create a unified effort by practitioners and researchers and use solid research to work out what education practices work best. The Government will then draw on this experience and knowledge to drive transformational changes in teaching and learning for a  smarter Australia.”

The $16 million Special Research Initiative for a Science of Learning Research Centre will be administered by the Australian Research Council. The Initiative was developed  with support from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace  Relations.

For more information on the Special Research Initiative and for information on how to apply, visit the ARC website.

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