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

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What will it take to improve learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics?

Improving the learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) poses significant challenges for Australian schools, students and educators – but is of vital importance to Australia’s national future, and to the next generation of Australian citizens.

Centred on the theme ‘Improving STEM Learning: What will it take?’ Research Conference 2016 will showcase research that aims to equip, empower and assist our educational system to address these challenges at all levels, from classroom practice to policy.

Presentations at Research Conference 2016 will investigate and discuss:

  • Australian students’ decline in mathematical and scientific ‘literacy’;
  • the decline in STEM study in senior school;
  • a shortage of highly qualified STEM subject teachers; and
  • curriculum challenges for Australian educators.

Through the exploration of these issues, and the presentation of relevant contemporary research, Research Conference 2016 seeks to inform, guide and influence the policies, practices and pedagogies at work in Australian education, to improve the quality of STEM learning for students across every level of education in Australia.

Discounts for Professional Associations
Members of ASTA and AAMT are entitled to a 20% discount on the cost of Full Conference Registration

Keynote presenters

Professor Tim Bell

Professor Tim Bell

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Dr Geoff Garrett AO FTSE

Dr Geoff Garrett AO FTSE

Chief Scientist, Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist

Pauline Hoyle

Pauline Hoyle

Associate Director of STEM Learning, York, UK

Professor Geoff Masters AO, CEO, ACER

Professor Geoff Masters AO, CEO, ACER

Australian Council for Educational Research