Held annually, Research Conference highlights the latest national and international research in education.

Leadership for Improving Learning: Insights from research

Educational leaders play a crucial role in setting directions for improvement and innovation.

Leaders – whether or not they are in formal leadership roles – create the tone of an institution, set priorities and directions for change, build coherence and shared commitment across the community and maintain a sharp focus on measurable improvements in student outcomes.

Effective leaders take a deep interest in the quality of teaching and learning and provide instructional leadership through activities such as mentoring. They closely monitor indicators of student achievement and wellbeing and promote institution-wide conversations and professional learning focused on improving teaching and learning processes and student outcomes. They also form partnerships with other educational institutions and external organisations to better meet students’ learning needs, and participate in broader professional discussions and networks.

Research Conference 2017 will profile recent research into leadership practices and initiatives that have revitalised educational institutions and produced significant improvements in student engagement and performance.


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Through the presentation of relevant contemporary research, Research Conference 2017 will endeavour to inform, guide and influence the policies, practices and pedagogies at work in Australian education, to set directions for improvement and innovation to maintain a sharp focus on measurable improvement on whole school improvement and student outcomes.

Research Conference 2017 will be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre:

1 Wharf Place
South Wharf

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Registration for Research Conference is now open.

We invite you to join us in Melbourne as leading minds in the field of educational research, policy and practice gather together to discuss the policies, practices and initiatives that will improve teaching and learning processes and student outcomes both in Australia and internationally.

Register for Research Conference 2017 before Friday 14 July 2017 and receive special early bird rates.

Register for 2017 Research Conference

Research Conference 2017 will convene at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre at 1.30pm on Sunday 27 August and conclude at 3.15pm on Tuesday 29 August.

Learn more about 2017 Research Conference program

We welcome applications to present a Poster Display at Research Conference 2017.

Posters will be displayed in the exhibition area of the conference and give a succinct visual overview of successful practice.

Learn more about poster presentations