Learning Sciences Institute Australia

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Research Opportunities

LSIA Research Scholarships – 2 scholarships available now!

LSIA has 2 doctoral opportunities available for candidates who are driven to research for better futures for children and young people. In 2017, the following scholarships are only open to domestic research candidates.


The Educational Semiotics in English and Literacy Pedagogy research concentration has one scholarship linked to its Australian Research Council funded Linkage Project.

  • Research Scholarship: Multiliteracies for addressing disadvantage in senior school science

This project develops discipline-specific literacies in senior high school physics, chemistry and biology, which aim to improve students’ critical comprehension and creation of verbal and visual representations, enabling them to actively build understanding of progressively more complex scientific concepts and demonstrate this understanding in examinations. .

Focus areas for doctoral research could be educational assessment, special education, education disability law, or secondary curriculum subjects.

Contact: Professor Len Unsworth

Information on how to apply for this scholarship opportunity can be found in the relevant project in the Graduate Research website. Applications are open now!
How to Apply


STEM in Education has one PhD candidature opportunity available in the following recently funded ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • Designing and implementing effective cross-curricular numeracy tasks (Brisbane-based)

Numeracy has been a national education priority for more than a decade, yet there appears to be little progress in students’ numeracy performance. A lack of numeracy skills leads to devastating social and economic outcomes for individuals. This project aims to improve students’ numeracy capabilities through: attention to the design of tasks intended to enhance numeracy learning across the curriculum; and the refinement of teaching practices with a view to improving student performance on both standardised numeracy tests and more realistic, contextualised tasks. The project aims to generate new theoretical and practical insights into effective numeracy education across the school curriculum.

Focus areas for doctoral research could be mathematical task design, critical thinking within numeracy contexts, teacher professional learning, the use of digital tools in mathematics teaching and learning, and students’ learning in cross-curricular mathematical contexts.

Contact: Associate Professor Vincent Geiger

Information on how to apply for this scholarship opportunity can be found in the relevant project in the Graduate Research website. Applications are open now!
How to Apply