Focus areas

Education topics in focus


 Use the links below to find out which classroom management strategies and which elements of professional development are most effective.

Focus areas

This section of the website takes a closer look at particular topics of interest in education. Information on each focus area is presented in three main forms:

  • Literature reviews:
    provide detailed explanations of what the available research reveals.
  • Fact sheets:
    provide summaries of the main points in the literature reviews.
  • Key research articles:
    provide summaries of important research articles that were used to inform the literature reviews. Links are also available to full text copies. All of the research articles have been rated against our evidence hierarchy.

As research on more focus areas is completed, more information will be made available.

What you need to know

This site analyses the impact of professional learning by referring to effect sizes. Effect sizes measure the difference in performance of two groups. For example, students whose teachers engaged in professional learning and those whose teachers did not.

Effect sizes are comparable across different kinds of studies. Even though studies use different methods of analysis, effect sizes allow us to talk about them in a common language.

Interpreting the impact of effect sizes:
• A 'small' effect size is 0.20
• A 'medium' effect size is 0.50
• A 'large' effect size is 0.801

New Zealand Professor of Education, John Hattie, suggests that programs with effect sizes of 0.40 or higher are worth considering for implementation2.

Professional development

Find out what elements of professional development have a positive impact on student outcomes.

Classroom management

A summary of the most effective classroom management strategies.


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