Research projects and grants

Monash Education is renowned for conducting innovative research projects and making a significant contribution to the educational outcomes and health and wellbeing of children, young people and adults from diverse backgrounds and circumstances.

Current externally funded projects

Conceptual PlayLab

Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer

2019 - 2024
ARC Laureate Fellowship

Fleer’s Conceptual PlayLab aims to test ground-breaking play-based models for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics to young children.


Q Project

Assoc. Professor Mark Rickinson, Professor Lucas Walsh, Ms Connie Cirkony

2019 - 2023
Paul Ramsay Foundation

The Q Project is an Australian first study to investigate how research evidence is used in schools, and how to support educators to better use that evidence as part of their work.


Informal sport as a health and social resource for diverse young people

Assoc. Professor Ruth Jeans, Dr Justen O'Connor, Professor Ramon Spaaij, Professor Dawn Penney, Ms Carmel Guerra

2019 - 2021
ARC Linkage Project

This research investigates the contribution of informal sports participation to the well-being of diverse young people and considers how governments, sport and health agencies can support this participation.


Data-smart schools: enhancing the use of digital data in secondary schools

Professor Neil Selwyn, Professor Dragan Gasevic, Professor Michael Henderson, Dr Luci Pangrazio

2019 - 2021
ARC Discovery Project

This project aims to investigate the use of digital data in schools to identify ways to improve its capture and use.


M-cubed: Money, meaning and maths for learners with cognitive disability

Dr Sarah Hopkins, Dr Richard O'Donovan

2019 - 2020
Financial Literacy Australia

Project to develop an assessment tool for evaluating the effectiveness of programs targeting money skills for learners with cognitive disability.


Researching Curriculum Renewal

Dr Justen O'Connor, Dr Laura Alfrey

2018 - 2020
Elisabeth Murdoch College

This research explores the process and outcomes associated with the renewal of a Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum, pedagogy and assessment within a suburban secondary college.


Respectful relationships in early childhood professional learning

Dr Marie Hammer, Dr Liang Li, Dr Hilary Monk, Dr Corine Rivalland, Assoc. Professor Nikolay Veresov, Dr Megan Adams, Joseph Agbenyega, Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer

2017 - 2020
Victorian Department of Education and Training

Commissioned by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, this project is to develop a training and resource package, which aims to deepen the understanding of early childhood educators in the area of respectful relationships, gender equality, gender-based violence and family violence prevention.


Getting Evidence Moving in Schools

Assoc. Professor Mark Rickinson, Dr Carlo Perrotta, Professor Neil Selwyn

2019 - 2020
Eureka Benevolent Foundation

Project GEMS involves the development of evidence on key topics in primary school literacy and numeracy teaching strategies, and then the delivery of, and investigation into, different professional learning models that build educators’ capacity to use evidence-based teaching strategies.


Dynamic Leadership in Early Childhood

Dr Sharryn Clarke, Dr Robyn Babaeff, Dr Leigh Disney

2018 - 2019
Department of Education and Training (VIC)


Building an evidence-base for using Minecraft: Education Edition as an educational tool

Mr Roland Gesthuizen, Assoc. Professor Gillian Kidman

2018 - 2019
Department of Education and Training (VIC)

This research proposes that to better understand student knowledge acquisition and behaviour in virtual learning spaces, we need to start with an analysis of the ‘what and how’ that students are learning.


Developing a conflict resolution theoretical framework for principals, leaders, teachers and whole school staff

Dr John Pardy, Professor Gerald Burke

2018 - 2019
Australian Scholarships Group Friendly Society Limited

This project will research, develop and create a conflict resolution theoretical framework for schools, including principals, leaders, teachers and whole school staff.


Developing Leadership Language in Education Leaders

Dr Sharryn Clarke

2018 - 2019
Hope Early Learning Centres

The aim of this project is to increase professional efficacy in the explicit teaching of thinking skills, including metacognitive processes and research the impact.


Completed projects

Vocational institutions, undergraduate degrees: distinction or inequality

Professor Sue Webb, Dr Shaun Rawolle, Dr Steven Hodge, Professor Trevor Gale, Professor Ann-Marie Bathmaker

2017 - 2020 (Completed)


Zoos Victoria Fighting Extinction School Impact Project

Assoc. Professor Alan Reid, Mark Boulet, Dr Nick Faulkner, Lena Jungbluth

2018 - 2020 (Completed)



Turning inquiry experiences into robust learning: Exploring the potential of structured mathematics learning sequences

Dr Ann Downton, Dr James Russo, Emeritus Professor Peter Sullivan, Melody McCormick, Sally Hughes, Dr Sharyn Livy, Professor Janette Bobis, Shirley Cheong

2018 - 2019 (Completed)


Teacher knowledge and practice of geometry in Kindergarten to Year 6

Dr Ann Downton, Dr Sharyn Livy

2018 - 2019 (Completed)


Connected2Learning - Thinking Outside the Square

Dr Renee Crawford

2018 - 2019 (Completed)



Extending Mathematical Understanding for all

Assoc. Professor Ann Gervasoni

2018 - 2019 (Completed)


Evaluation of the Let's Count E-Learning Pilot Program for The Smith Family

Assoc. Professor Ann Gervasoni

2018 - 2019 (Completed)


External Evaluation of Explore Learning Sites Critical and Creative Thinking Collaborative Inquiry Project

Assoc. Professor Debra Panizzon, Dr Kathy Smith, Dr Jane Kirkby

2017 - 2019 (Completed)






Pacific Indicators for Disability Inclusive Education (Pacific INDIE) project

Professor Umesh Sharma, Professor Joanne Deppeler

2013 - 2016 (Completed)



Making a digital difference? An investigation of new technologies in secondary schools

Professor Neil Selwyn, Dr Nicola Johnson, Dr Scott Bulfin

2014 - 2016 (Completed)