Inclusive and global education


Diversity and social inclusion are at the heart of our research which focuses on the challenges facing specific cohorts of students, including:

  • Indigenous
  • refugee
  • socially disadvantaged
  • students with disabilities
  • gifted students.

Our Indigenous education researchers are devoted to improving Indigenous performance in secondary mathematics, and empowering Indigenous teacher aides to enhance rural and remote Indigenous students' numeracy outcomes.

Our researchers also investigate topics including the transition to mainstream schooling for newly-arrived African youth and the promotion of resilience in children with intellectual disabilities.

Also included in this research strength is a study of the characteristics of effective child sexual abuse prevention programs. Notably, our research into teachers' reporting of child sexual abuse has resulted in changes to the legislation governing suspected child sexual abuse in Queensland.


Evidence of research quality

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) 2015 score:

  • 4 (above world standard) -
    • Specialist Studies in Education (FOR 1303).

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) evaluates the quality of research undertaken in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.


International linkages


  • Harvard University


  • University of Manchester

Significant corporate partnerships

  • Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Yumi Deadly Centre
  • Stronger Smarter Institute

Cross-disciplinary engagement

  • Language Studies
  • Law
  • Performing Arts and Creative Writing
  • Public Health and Health Services
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


Evidence of impact

  • Creation of a scale measuring teachers' attitudes towards reporting child sexual abuse, currently being used in international comparative studies.
  • Autistic Behavioural Indicators Instrument (ABII): development and instrument utility in discriminating autistic disorder from speech and language impairment and typical development used in the USA.

Our research:

  • includes a series of studies researching interactions between non-Indigenous teachers, Indigenous teacher aides and Indigenous students in remote schools that has resulted in findings concerning relationships between teacher-teacher aide practices and student learning of mathematics and in the development of a mathematics teaching program for Indigenous students used across schools in Queensland
  • informed significant changes to law, policy and practice regarding teachers' reporting of suspected child sexual abuse including changes to legislation in Queensland; to policy in Queensland, Western Australia and parts of New South Wales; and development of teaching resources for use in Queensland and Western Australia
  • resulted in awareness of the phenomenon of cyberbullying of children, adolescents and adults, and influences policies in schools and government enquiries into cybersafety
  • advises international donor agencies and governments on education sector institutional strengthening, teacher quality improvement, ICT in education and research capacity development.

Research degree enquiries

Education research office

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Faculty of Education - consultancies

  • Level 3, B Block
    Victoria Park Road
    Kelvin Grove 4059

  • Postal address:
    Faculty of Education - Development Office
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001