The Mission of the Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research is to enhance the quality of education and to close the gap between high and low performing students and between high and low performing schools. This is achieved through conducting educational research and development designed to reform educational policy, enhance school leadership for school improvement, and enhance teaching practice to improve student engagement and learning outcomes.
The evidence-based reform of pre-and in-service teacher professional learning is promoted by the institute in Australia and South East Asian and Pacific Rim countries.
The Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research conducts research and development activity in three research strands: teacher education; leadership and school improvement; and teaching and learning. It does this through collaboration with a wide range of government and educational partners.
Recent projects at the Institute include:
Focused Intervention for Early Literacy Intervention: This pilot program involving eight low socio-economic status schools, aims to build a model for focused intervention at pre-primary level for literacy development. This pilot supports teachers to enhance the effectiveness of their teaching program by using diagnostic assessments and monitoring of student data.
Professor Christine Ure, Professor Mark Hackling.
WA Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relationships, Australian Academy of Science, Australian Council for Educational Research, Australian Primary Principals Association, Curriculum Council of WA, Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia, Catholic Education Office.