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ECU wins new research tender for engagement

Thursday, 07 April 2011

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Researchers from ECU’s School of Education recently won $189,000 from the Federal Government for their new Student Academic Engagement Project.

The project is unique to ECU and aims to raise awareness and build knowledge around the issue of student disengagement, its consequences and the ways it may be addressed.

The project will see researchers identify successful schools from all jurisdictions; investigate the effective models of practice in these schools in relation to student engagement and then share these findings nationally.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement, Equity and Indigenous), Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, believes this new funding will provide valuable support as ECU continues to develop groundbreaking research in the education sector.

“This significant national project will provide critical new data which will inform and assist all educators to better provide for the needs of young people.  The School of Education will be leading and informing improvements in Australian education through this research.”

Head of the School of Education, Professor Christine Ure will lead the research project with the help of Associate Professors from the School of Education, Jan Gray and Tim McDonald.

The research builds on the Pipeline Project, which was conducted by ECU researchers in 2008 and investigates the relationship between student classroom behaviour and academic performance in Western Australia.

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