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Research Developments from ACER


Student Engagement


Rethinking how we assess learning in schools

07 February 2017

There is a major flaw in the way we currently assess school students, as Geoff Masters explains.

Assessment, Student Engagement, School


How we can ‘lift our game’ in schooling

02 February 2017

Improving outcomes in education may be achieved not by pursuing them directly, but as a ‘side-effect’ of an unwavering dedication to the larger educational purpose.

Assessment, Quality & Standards, Student Engagement, School


Revisiting the research: Indigenous student absenteeism

15 December 2016

Reasons for student absenteeism are complex and contextual but are generally a combination of individual, family, community and school factors, according to a 2010 report.

Student Engagement, School, Indigenous


The very model of a modern mathematician

02 November 2016

The benefits are many for high school students from around Australia who put their problem-solving and mathematical skills to the test in the International Mathematical Modeling Challenge, says Ross Turner.

Assessment, Numeracy, Student Engagement, School


A learning pathway

24 October 2016

A commitment to every student’s progress on a learning pathway invites particular ways of thinking about learning, learners, teaching, the curriculum, assessment and the reporting of student achievement, writes Geoff Masters.

Assessment, Student Engagement, School

Higher Education

Strong student-lecturer relationships reduce university drop out in Australia and Japan

10 October 2016

New research into students’ university experience reveals that both Australian and Japanese students are more likely to complete their university degree if they have strong relationships with lecturers, as Daniel Edwards explains.

Evaluation, Quality & Standards, Student Engagement, Higher Education