Research at the Faculty of Education

Southern Cross University’s Faculty of Education is a world leader in educational research that is impacting cogent theory, policy advancement, public debate and practice. We have a global reputation for excellence in collaborative and trans-disciplinary educational research that has been built on the strength of our local foundations. We are also recognised for the scholarship of our researchers and our contribution to addressing significant education problems that informs public policy, curriculum and pedagogy. Our Faculty Research  concentration links are below. You can also follow us on social media for the latest educational research within the Faculty.

“Our diverse, passionate community seek to disrupt and transform thought by leading and empowering profound educational change now and for a sustainable future.”

Amy Cutter-Mackenzie Knowles
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Sustainability, Environment, and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Centre

The Sustainability, Environment, and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Centre is globally recognised for enacting profound change in and through transdisciplinary environmental and Arts education research that disrupts and generates new ways of being and becoming, which provokes dynamic responses to critical local-global calamities.

This research centre represents a large collective of researchers working across sustainability, environment and the Arts in education. This centre is unique and has an anti-disciplinary research focus which directly informs public debate, policy, advocacy and practice.

Secondary Education teacher Alice Hook at Alstonville High School with a student

TeachLab Research Group

Through the collective efforts of members, TeachLab Research Group is making significant contributions to educational research, practice and policy in ways that expand and shift long-held educational paradigms about how teacher education and school improvement are carried out. 

The Faculty of Education TeachLab research group represents a collaborative of researchers who engage in leading definitive educational research across the globe in the areas of school improvement, school leadership, social policy, educational technology, teacher professional development and initial teacher education.

Early childhood

Early Years Research Lab

The Early Years Research Lab is led by Professor Sue Walker and Associate Professor Michelle Neumann. It represents a diverse collective of academics, educators, university students, industry partners, and policy makers from a range of disciplines based locally and internationally. This group is working together strategically to progress early childhood education for all children in the early years and their families in current challenging times of the pandemic and climate change. Our experienced team of researchers work to understand and address real-world issues affecting young children and their families.

Partner with us

Find out more about how you can partner with the Faculty of Education to sponsor research. Our world-renowned research will complement your goals as we work. Become part of something bigger with world-class staff and globally recognised excellence in research.

Partner with us
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Research projects

A brief look at our current research projects in the Faculty of Education at Southern Cross University. Find out more about the innovative work from our current team of outstanding researchers.

Our current projects
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Discover more about our world-class research. Our publications are all available for your perusal; from Arts Research Education to Virtual Worlds in Educational Settings and more.

Connect to publications
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood) student, Hayley Lackenby at Lismore Public School on professional experience with primary school children

Research degrees

Explore Higher Degree Research in the Faculty of Education. We offer Honours, Masters and Doctorate-level degrees with support and supervision from leading education specialists.

Our research degrees
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