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Education Horizon outcome announced

LSIA has been successful with two grant applications over $120,000 and $63,536

Research partnerships and improvement Science: Using data to inform the teaching of writing and assessment

We are pleased to announce that Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith, Professor Joy Cumming, Professor Len Unsworth, Dr Sally Humphrey, Dr Lenore Adie, and Ms Christine Jackson have been awarded $70,000 for their Education Horizon (Queensland Department of Education and Training) project Research partnerships and improvement Science: Using data to inform the teaching of writing and assessment.

This research will address the significant knowledge gap in research, practice and policy about necessary interventions to reverse the increasing numbers of students falling below the national minimum standard in writing (Years 3-9) in each Australian state and territory. Addressing this decline is critical to short circuit the potential impact of poor writing skills on future schooling success and ultimately students’ workforce opportunities. The research will: a) identify schools with longitudinal upward trends in writing; b) generate a database on classroom teaching and assessment of writing using a new purpose-built Australian Writing Survey; c) strengthen teachers’ knowledge of language features and structures through the use of a meta-language toolkit to improve writing instruction including student feedback; d) improve teachers’ knowledge and understanding of year level writing expectations and achievement standards to improve writing assessment; e) generate exemplars of quality writing for further classroom use; and f) trial a Virtual Research Environment to supplement site visits and other online support.

The project is a collaboration with State Schools – Performance, Queensland Department of Education and Training who is providing an additional $50,000 cash and c. $16,000 in-kind contribution to the project and active participation in the project by Mary Neville (Q DET).

This inaugural Education Horizon application round has been very competitive and a full list of successful applications can be viewed here.


Improving disadvantaged students’ reading engagement and reading outcomes using student-voice driven and mastery-focused reading models

We are pleased to announce that Associate Professor Clarence Ng, Professor Steve Graham and Professor Karen Harris have been awarded $63,536 for their Education Horizon (Queensland Department of Education and Training) project Improving disadvantaged students’ reading engagement and reading outcomes using student-voice driven and mastery-focused reading models.

This research addresses the persistent national achievement gap in literacy between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students. The aim is to develop mastery-focused classroom practices and strategies for promoting engaged reading and improving reading outcomes in schools serving disadvantaged students. The research will develop evidence-based practices to improve reading performance, including responsive and context-relevant pedagogic strategies and practices for promoting mastery-focused reading, enhancing interest and engagement in reading, and improving reading outcomes.

The project is a collaboration with Woodridge State School who is providing an additional $45,000 in-kind contribution to the project.

This inaugural Education Horizon application round has been very competitive and a full list of successful applications can be viewed here.

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