Interested in understanding education in its various disciplinary and sectoral contexts, researchers examine the relationships and tensions between curriculum and pedagogy.
Research is undertaken in the context of early childhood, primary and secondary schooling; higher education; and industry and professional vocational sectors.
Our research interests are diverse, encompassing, for example, identification and analysis of particular pedagogical content knowledge, sustainability and theoretical considerations in education.
Our work is strongly linked with strategic interest in the Asian Century because curriculum and pedagogy are of critical importance in shaping the capabilities required for Australia’s involvement with the Asian region. The Australian Government’s white paper on Australia in the Asian Century (2012) emphasises the need for ‘skills and education for a productive and resilient Australian economy in the Asian century’.
Similarly, the Australian Government’s Strategic Research Priorities (2013), which drive investment in areas of importance to Australia and its place in the world, include the priority of lifting productivity and economic growth. Within this there is the objective to ‘deliver new skill for the economy’ through research that will ‘identify the skills profile required as we shift towards an entrepreneurial and innovative knowledge economy fully engaged in our region and the world, and identify the methods and systems needed to develop Australia’s human capital’.
The work of our researchers is informed by and responsive to these strategic policy concerns. Our findings and outputs will help to enhance the personal and social development of all Australians and will contribute to improving Australia’s productive engagement with the challenges and opportunities of the Asian Century.