Current research

Current research


This page provides links to current Australian and international research projects. Check back regularly to see if new articles and research projects have been added.

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This is an Australia-wide survey to collect information from school teachers and leaders about their background and qualifications, their work, their career intentions, and school staffing issues. The survey involves:

  • primary and secondary schools;
  • Government, Catholic and independent schools; and
  • all states and territories.

The survey is intended to provide:

  • a descriptive picture of the teacher workforce, including demographic information such as gender, age, qualifications and work roles;
  • information to assist in planning for the future, including data from current teachers and school leaders about their employment intentions and career plans, and staffing issues that schools are facing; and
  • changes since the first SiAS surveys in 2006-07 and 2010.

The information will help inform important workforce issues such as teacher career and retirement intentions, and current teacher shortages.

Based on the work and research of educators at the University of Newcastle’s School of Education, Quality Teaching Rounds (Bowe & Gore, 2011) is based on objective observations of school and classroom practice by a Professional Learning Community (PLC) which is comprised of four or more teaching staff, utilising the Quality Teaching model, to inform and improve decision-making about student learning.

Key to this is the use of the Quality Teaching model to facilitate a common understanding and a common language of productive teaching and learning practices used across all our school contexts. Using PLCs and incorporating representatives from across all school contexts allows for a shared understanding of leadership and a concerted approach to build consistency of productive practice across all educational settings.


The Impact of Quality Teaching Rounds 

The Impact of Quality Teaching Rounds - Report on the results of a randomised controlled trial - September 2016 (Final Report - PDF, 2Mb)

This report provides the findings of a study designed to investigate the efficacy and feasibility of Quality Teaching Rounds (QTR). QTR is a form of teacher professional development designed to bring together the benefits of professional learning communities (PLCs), instructional 'rounds', and the Quality Teaching (QT) pedagogical framework (NSW Department of Education and Training [NSW DET], 2003). QTR involves teachers working in PLCs of three or more teachers to observe and analyse each other's teaching, using the QT framework.

Researchers from the University of Newcastle, led by Professor Jenny Gore, worked with 24 NSW public schools to investigate the impact of participating in QTR on the quality of teaching. Eight teachers at each of the 24 schools were involved in the study, with lesson observations carried out by research assistants, who were blinded to group allocation, at three time points during the period from mid-2014 to mid-2015 – baseline, post-intervention (6-months), and follow up (12-months).

The Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) asks teachers and schools about their working conditions and the learning environments. It covers important themes such as initial teacher education and professional development; what sort of appraisal and feedback teachers get; the school climate; school leadership; and teachers’ instructional beliefs and pedagogical practices.

TALIS provides cross-country analysis that helps countries identify others facing similar challenges and learn about their policies.

Tell Them From Me (TTFM) is a student survey that measures factors that are known to affect academic achievement and other outcomes. TTFM is a powerful evaluation system that provides a total solution for measuring, assessing and reporting insights on your school, during the year as well as year-over-year.

More information about the Tell Them From Me surveys can be found at: