At Griffith Institute for Educational Research (GIER), we have one of the largest concentrations of university-based education researchers in the country. The Institute’s research is focused across six contemporary research themes that incorporate many of the key challenges facing Australians.
GIER Insights provides regular updates about the research activities of the experts at the Institute.
GIER member Dr Linda Willis has co-authored a new book, Principal leadership for parent engagement in disadvantaged schools: What qualities and strategies distinguish effective principals? Read More
Griffith researchers, Dr Kate Simpson and Associate Professor Dawn Adams have been conducting research to identify environmental barriers to participation for children on the autism spectrum in out of school activities. Read More
Shared reading of storybooks is an important activity for learning how to read. Young children often enjoy reading with their classroom teachers. Shared reading of digital books (e.g., storybook apps using tablets or iPads) is increasing in the pre-school classroom: however, little is known about how early childhood educators can best enhance children’s interactions with digital storybooks. Read More
How are economically disadvantaged communities and schools portrayed in news stories about school results in the National Assessment Program: Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assessments? In one case, a news story used the metaphor, ‘punching well above their weight’, when referring to the NAPLAN results of ‘disadvantaged’ schools. This metaphor represents schools in locations of poverty as performing poorly on NAPLAN by implying that any NAPLAN success is unusual or an exceptional variance. Recent research by Dr Aspa Baroutsis has investigated the use of metaphors in news stories about the NAPLAN performance of schools in locations of poverty in the Australian print media over the last 10 years. Read More
Professor Stephen Billett, a leading world scholar in adult learning and development and work-based learning, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Geneva at the Dies academicus ceremony, that he attended remotely on 9 October. Read More
Have you ever thought about live streaming a webinar about your research findings to engage and inform a public audience? The Autism Centre of Excellence team did just this, and were inundated with viewers. Read More
Griffith Institute for Educational Research Fellow Dr Yoriko Kikkawa has been awarded an Advance Queensland Fellowship that aims to prepare frontline healthcare professionals working with infectious patients during pandemics such as COVID-19. Read More
Investigating the work of teachers in Australia’s flexible and non-traditional schools is the focus of a new Griffith University study. Read More