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Research and development

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A quality, comprehensive and robust research and development program is an essential component for a world-class education and training system. The department is engaged in a diverse range of research and development studies, projects and activities occurring at all levels of the organisation, including:

  • at schooling and tertiary levels through action-research and other research projects and activities in classrooms and at TAFE
  • at the district and regional levels through larger scale studies involving various schools and other institutions
  • at a portfolio level through major projects and studies involving external research partners and other organisations including Australian Research Council linkage studies, major externally commissioned research and evaluation studies, and longitudinal investigations.

During 2009-10, the department's research and development program included:

  • participation in the commencement of a national longitudinal study (E4Kids) with the Victorian Government, the University of Melbourne and Queensland University of Technology, examining the impacts of pre-Preparatory early education and care experiences on the development of young children
  • an expansion of the department's preferred supplier arrangements for the provision of academic and research advice to encompass the provision of services in evaluation and professional development
  • the commencement of a major external evaluation study of the Queensland Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting (QCAR) Framework to be completed in 2012
  • continued participation as a partner in various Australian Research Council linkage studies with universities and other research partners
  • administration of a rigorous quality assurance framework surrounding the conduct of research in state schools and other departmental sites
  • hosting a series of public research forums featuring prominent external researchers and academics.

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