The Practitioner Research Program will provide you with the skills to design, enact and disseminate robust research relevant to your practice. You will enhance your capacity to engage with research as a critical consumer and in research as a practitioner researcher, and you will enjoy the opportunity to share research outcomes with colleagues.

There is growing interest in the effectiveness of practitioner research for promoting teachers’ professional learning, particularly as systemic requirements for engagement in and with research and making evidence-based decisions gain momentum. Findings from studies demonstrate that teachers who participate in practitioner research exhibit professional growth in terms of research skills and other professional outcomes, such as enhanced classroom or school-wide practice.

In this six-phase, multi-modal program, you will select an area of interest to research. You will be mentored and provided with training in each phase of the research process – from identifying the research question right through to research methods, data collection and analysis, and interpretation of findings. You will be required to conduct parts of the research process in your own time, such as writing short summaries, reading articles and collecting data. Examples of past research projects include influencing parent engagement; the use of explicit feedback to enhance children’s writing; ways to support teachers in the teaching of reading; and the factors influencing the ways in which teachers plan and enact the curriculum.

“Practitioner research is becoming increasingly acknowledged by education authorities across the world as a highly effective means of strengthening educators’ professional development.”

– British Education Research Association, 2014


The Practitioner Research Program will build your research capacity and enable you to:

  • robustly provide evidence for decisions of practice through research
  • develop a set of transferable research skills to continue to answer questions of practice
  • create a high standard dissemination product to allow sharing of research findings


  • Six-phase program, held over the school year
  • 4x Virtual Workshop days
  • Research project, including the preparation of authentic dissemination products
  • Ongoing online mentoring


The program is particularly suited to school leaders, heads of department and teachers, particularly those aspiring to positions of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher by providing experience with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers – Standard 6 and elements of Standards 1, 2, and 3.


Phase 1 – Program Preparation
Phase 2 – 1-day Virtual Workshop & Online Mentoring/Discussion
Phase 3 – 1-day Virtual Workshop
Phase 4 – Online Mentoring/Meetings
Phase 5 – 1-day Virtual Workshop & Online Mentoring/Discussion
Phase 6 – 1-day Virtual Workshop
Phase 7 – Recognition of Program Completion

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