Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education

LSIA is an interdisciplinary

research institute focused

on making a difference

to children’s lives

The Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) focuses on 21st Century teaching and learning, diversity, innovation and engagement with improving learning outcomes at the core of what we do.

Engage in vigorous, socially relevant and ethically committed research to improve outcomes for children, teachers and the wider community.

We are a national research institute hosting a team of eminent researchers and international scholars undertaking funded research studies with a range of government and industry partners.

We prioritise connecting our research with policy and practice. We achieve this by providing a forum for researchers, scholars, policy-makers and practitioners to collaborate and share evidence-based knowledge to enhance quality teaching and learning.

Our research is premised on the idea that education, health and wellbeing predicate life opportunities. Researchers undertake investigations that generate new knowledge in education and learning including cognitive and non-cognitive aspects. While we span various disciplines, our common goal is to remove barriers to learning and thereby enhance social and economic participation of all.

We engage with our research and industry partners, and the wider community through four key avenues of research activity.


parterning sharing
We work with our research and industry partners to identify and develop shared research priorities for the purpose of combining resources to leverage national and international support. Partnering in research is a joint commitment throughout the life of the project, where our researchers work closely with our industry partners in the research. We have a number of avenues for sharing our current research findings including: Dialogue Series, Invitational Series, International Conferences, and our Research Bulletin. In these events our focus is on how the research impacts practice and policy, and where future research should be directed. These opportunities are advertised on our website and through emails.  If you wish to be contacted about these opportunities, please email
participating training
Opportunities to engage with our funded research projects on strategic priorities of interest are always available. Participating in research is high in benefit and varied in time commitment dependent on the research project. We work with research students in a range of disciplines and methodologies.  Our focus is on developing student knowledge for them to apply in research, practice and policy settings. Our research scholarships are aligned to funded research projects, which are advertised throughout the year 2016.  Our research training opportunities also include us working with our industry partners through opportunities for secondments.

Our research connects across discipline, and across policy and practice

LSIA has six areas of research concentration within which are numerous funded research projects. Our research concentrations have been designed to overlap so researchers can engage with more than one project across disciplines. As such, our research projects span diverse fields and contexts, including community outreach, education, hospitals, policy, economics, and law.

A priority focus for our research is on connecting our research with policy and practice. We achieve this by providing a forum for researchers, scholars, policy-makers and practitioners to collaborate and share evidence-based knowledge to address barriers to achievement and learning engagement.

Connections in our research across discipline, and with policy and practice, offer significant opportunities for postdoctoral candidates, early career researchers and higher degree research students.

Our symbol

LSIA LogoThe LSIA symbol is an abstract expression of our aims and principles using visual iconography, form and colour. The symbol represents a young person. The arms, open wide, suggest freedom of expression, openness, energy, embracing the world, lively enthusiasm and movement, as well as liberation to explore and discover.

As the aims and principles of LSIA are both simple (improving learning) and complex (analysing existing models and developing future researches), the symbol works on multiple levels. The young person as described above, but also the symbol, represents the sprouting of a fresh idea, a finding, the reading of an open book and the opening of a flower with new life and opportunity to be all that can be.