At Griffith Institute for Educational Research (GIER), we have one of the largest concentrations of university-based education researchers in the country. Our researchers work are an interdisciplinary coalition working to ensure that the benefits which can flow from any form of education and learning are genuinely accessible to all people in all contexts. Our focus is on the pursuit of educational and social justice, and we invest in research and research activities that generate new knowledge about diverse learners and diverse contexts. Our Blog provides introductions to our outstanding team of researchers, and our original, impactful research.

Latest posts

Meet Associate Professor Jeanne Allen

Associate Professor Jeanne Allen is internationally recognised for her research in the fields of teacher education, standardised educational contexts, teacher identity and student engagement and retention.  Jeanne is inspired by the research she does and her work as HDR convenor, where she has insight into the professionals of the future and their work.    Read More

‘Sod turning’ ceremony for the Bentley Park College Medical Training Precinct

Professor Stephen Billett from GIER was amongst the list of distinguished guests invited to attend the ‘sod turning’ ceremony for the Bentley Park College Medical Training Precinct to celebrate the start of construction on Thursday 19th May. Read More

Knowing who you are: Heritage language, identity, and safe space in a bilingual kindergarten

Dr Kerry Taylor-Leech (from GIER) and Eseta Tualaulelei (from USQ) have been featured in a special issue of the journal TESOL in Context Vol. 30 No. 1: Languages in Early Childhood Education containing their article 'Knowing who you are: Heritage language, identity, and safe space in a bilingual kindergarten'. Read More

MRFF Grant for Early Intervention Autism Research

GIER researchers are part of a team to have been awarded a significant grant for their landmark study funded through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).   The team, led by Associate Professor Dawn Adams (GIER, Griffith), from the Autism Centre for Excellence, will be looking at early intervention for autistic children, with a focus on quality of life and wellbeing. To date, early interventions in autism have tended to focus on teaching skills or reducing impairments. None have ever focused on improving their quality of life (QoL).  Read More

Meet Dr Nicole Dargue

Dr Nicole Dargue is an early career researcher working within the Autism Centre of Excellence.  Trained in neuropsychology, her research looks at factors that may enhance learning and communication. She specialises in non-verbal communication in children on the autism spectrum.  Read More

Art Force Awards for Homework Club Mentor

Two dedicated GIER members, Dr Loraine McKay and Dr Tasha Riley, are delighted to share the news that one of their Homework Club Mentors, Ms Caroline (Carrie) Waugh, won the Community Organisation section of the Art Force Awards for the traffic box she painted as a gift of hope for community organisation, Beyond DV. Read More

IDAHOBIT x 365: One Day That Can Become a Year 

Tuesday 17 May is IDAHOBIT - the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.  This is an important day to remember why we fight for safe, affirming and culturally appropriate care for all members of LGBTQIAP + communities who have been minoritized within and beyond educational and workplace settings.  Read More

Meet Dr Wayne Usher

Dr Wayne Usher is an experienced and versatile educator, currently working on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary research, fusing sport, psychology and social inclusion for people with disabilities. With a breadth of work experience in primary, secondary and higher educational settings and as a multi-skilled athlete and coach, Wayne is interested in research that supports social, community and organisational impact. Read More

Meet Dr Yoriko Kikkawa

Dr Yoriko Kikkawa is a dedicated GIER research fellow with expertise in research and understanding behaviours and practices from cross cultural and cross disciplinary perspectives. Arriving as an exchange student over 20 years ago with a Bachelor of Education and a keen curiosity in the cross-cultural differences between education in Japan and Australia, Yoriko now specialises in innovative qualitative research. Read More

Honorary Doctorate Award: Professor Peter Grootenboer

In 2020, Professor Peter Grootenboer (long term member of GIER) was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Gothenburg University, Sweden. Due to COVID related restrictions, the ceremony and associated events have been regularly postponed. We are excited to celebrate the fact that the award ceremony took place in Sweden on Friday 6 May 2022.   Read More

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