Scholarship Opportunities - Student Engagement, Learning and Behaviour Research Group

at Queensland University of Technology

QUT Faculty of Education

Increasing student diversity means that the typical classroom now spans a wide array of student abilities, interests and backgrounds. In such an environment, teaching and learning becomes an intensely complex process; one that is complicated by many variables.

The QUT Faculty of Education is looking for aspiring education researchers who are passionate about solving problems and finding real world solutions to join our Student Engagement, Learning and Behaviour Research Group through the QUT Annual Scholarship Round.

Be supervised by our world-leading researchers who are engaged in quality research that aims to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of all children and young people, but particularly those who experience difficulty in schools and with learning. The Student Engagement, Learning and Behaviour Research Group is looking for students interested in the following topics:

  • Investigating the prevalence of, reasons for and alternatives to informal suspension and restrictive practices in Australian schools
  • How inclusive is the use of new technologies in education? Investigating BYOD, flipped learning and app use in schools
  • What can we learn from parents of students with disability about parent-school partnerships?
  • Improving senior secondary school achievement outcomes for students with ADHD and Developmental Language Disorder
  • What impact, if any, is technological disruption, automation and AI having on young peoples’ future decision-making?
  • Testing NAPLAN: investigating the generation and use of student achievement data in QLD schools
  • What counts as a "supplementary" adjustment? Investigating teachers' understandings of 'reasonable adjustments' and knowledge of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)
  • What are the most common behaviour management practices used in Australian schools and to what extent do these respect the rights of the child?
  • How is student voice enabled in schools, whose voices are heard, and what level of input do students want in relation to decisions impacting their schooling experiences?
  • Identifying evidence and testing effectiveness: How can schools best support junior secondary students with low literacy and numeracy skills?

Scholarships Available:

Because scholarship numbers are limited, QUT conducts one highly competitive scholarship selection round each year. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you must apply for a research course before the closing date of the annual scholarship round, and indicate on your course application that you want to be considered for one of our main scholarships.

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Email Office of Education Research:

Brisbane City Queensland Australia

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