Education Policy, Leadership and Practice Research Group

About us

The Education Policy, Leadership and Practice research group is an interdisciplinary cluster of experts with a reputation for quality research that shapes contemporary education debates in Australia and beyond.

Our talented researchers have close links to government and the education profession. We are committed to working strategically at the nexus between research, policy and practice to lead conversations across the education lifespan from the early years to higher education.

Our researchers are engaged in a rich variety of research projects ranging from large-scale government and commissioned grants to smaller-scale bespoke projects.

Our research strengths

Our interdisciplinary team reflects a wealth of knowledge and research experience. Our core areas of research expertise include:

Equity and inclusion

Curriculum and pedagogy

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Leadership for learning

Education politics and governance

Globalisation and policy mobilities

Featured projects

Participants in the UWA Fairy Project 

The University of Western Australia Fairy Project

Dr Fiona Mayne and Dr Gerardine Neylon are working with early childhood educators to co-design an innovative technology-enhanced outdoor expedition experience called the Attenborough Program. The research focusses on children aged 3 and 4 years and aims to generate insights into how leading early childhood policies such as the Early Years Learning Framework can be better harnessed in educational settings.

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Parents, communities and public schools

Associate Professor Glenn Savage is leading a three-year Australian Research Council project that is investigating how public schools engage parents in school-based decision-making processes. The project is generating new insights into how governments, school leaders, educators and parents are responding to policies that seek to increase school autonomy and community involvement in education.

Students conducting climate change research outdoors 

A multi-country comparison of climate change curricula

Professor Vaille Dawson is leading an international consortium of science education researchers to explore climate change education and curriculum policies in secondary schools across Australia, USA (New York), England, Finland, Israel, Indonesia and Canada. The project is comparing climate change curricula to determine how effectively current practices are preparing young people for an uncertain future.

2021 webinar series

Our 2021 webinar series is co-hosted with the University of Manchester’s 'Critical Education Policy' group.