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Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research

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:

  • Strategic initiatives to address teacher shortages: this program utilises a residency model to produce high quality teachers who are "school-ready". The model uses a combination of theory and practice, enabling student teachers to learn in a real school situation under the mentorship of excellent teachers.
  • Principals and Literacy Leaders project: ECU is one of a number of partners involved in this collaborative project to provide professional development for principals in literacy and leadership, as well as mentoring to assist them in developing and implementing strategies for literacy achievement in schools.
  • Targeting Resources in Primary Schools: ECU is one of the partners in this project and is investigating how primary schools serving disadvantaged communities can most effectively deploy resources to ensure that low-performing students reach nationally acceptable standards in literacy and numeracy.

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.

Key ECU Staff

Professor Christine Ure, Professor Mark Hackling.

Engagement Partners

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.

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