Welcome to the NSW Institute for Educational Research
The NSW Institute of Educational Research Inc. was founded in 1928. In 2019 the NSW IER celebrated its 91st year dedicated to encouraging study, research and service in education!
Through each year, the NSW IER conducts professional and scholarly meetings, and distributes grants to assist education research students. It also contributes to the publication of a national IER research journal and the NSWIER Newsletter. Membership is open to people with a commitment to education and an interest in educational research. Teachers and new educational researchers are also warmly encouraged to join. For more on the history of the NSWIER, click here
Are you an honors or HDR student doing good quality educational research, enrolled at a university in New South Wales? Then apply for a grant to help with your research!! STOP PRESS December 4 2020 is the NEW deadline. For details click here
Friday, May 28 2021, is the time to take the leap! come and present your research at the student showcase. For details click here
2020 Wyndham Address: Prof Pasi Sahlberg
A great night was had with Pasi on 29 October. See this world class address, for free at: Shared Screen With Speaker View (Video) (292.6 MB) (note- video starts at 1:23 minutes in)
Audio Only (27.8 MB)
(note- audio starts at 2:16 minutes in)
The password for these recordings is 6s=BaQpBU+9i
Pasi Sahlberg has worked as schoolteacher, teacher-educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has analysed education policies and advised education policymakers around the world. He has gained working knowledge in over 60 countries around the world as former senior education specialist at the World Bank in Washington, DC, lead education specialist at the European Training Foundation, director general of the Ministry of Education in Finland, and a visiting professor at Harvard University.
In Finland his career includes mathematics and science teacher and teacher educator at the University of Helsinki, Director of the Center for School Development at the Univeristy of Helsinki, Counsellor of Education at the Finnish National Board of Education, and Director General at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. He is recipient of the 2012 Education Award in Finland, 2013 Grawemeyer Award in the U.S., the 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland, the 2016 Lego Prize in Denmark, and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident Fellowship in Italy in 2017.
He has published widely in academic journals, professional magazines and public media about educational issue and is a member of several academic journal's editorial boards. Pasi has served as an advisor to the Minister of Education of Sweden (through the Swedish School Commission), the Minister of Education in Malta, Minister of Education in Finland, and is currently advisor to the First Minister of Scotland (through International Council of Education Advisors). Most recent books include Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland(2015), Hard Questions on Global Educational Change(2017), FinnishED Leadership: Four big, inexpensive ideas to transform education(2018), and Let the Children Play! Why more play helps schools and children thrive(with William Doyle, 2019). He is adjunct professor at the University of Oulu and the University of Helsinki. Pasi is Finnish citizen now living with his family in Sydney, Australia.
Watch the Date! Postponed due to COVID Bringing Maths to Life
The most recent PISA results issue a major challenge to NSW educators: How can Maths learning be lifted? This Conference will draw on leading Maths educators to help teachers meet this challenge. The focus will be the middle school, Years 4 to 9. To find out more click here
Why Join the NSWIER? To be eligible for grants, you need to be a member
Research Conferences; access to grants; awards;
joining an experienced scholar's community;
meeting other emerging researchers, and more!
$55 Full Membership, $40 Full Time Student Membership
Click to join
The Beth Southwell Outstanding Thesis Award
The NSW Institute for Educational Research invites nominations from NSW universities, for the award of Outstanding Educational Thesis. Nominations should satisfy the nominating university that they demonstrate excellence in educational research. For more information click here
Prof Andrew Martin is now the NSWIER Distinguished Scholar!
Andrew Martin, BA (Hons), MEd (Hons), PhD, is Scientia Professor, Professor of Educational Psychology, and Co-Chair of the Educational Psychology Research Group in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, Australia specializing in motivation, engagement, achievement, and quantitative research methods. He is also Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, Honorary Professor in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Fellow of the (Australian) College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, Distinguished Scholar for the NSW Institute of Educational Research, and Immediate Past-President of the International Association of Applied Psychology’s Division 5 Educational and School Psychology. For Andrew's full bio click here.
Check Out Previous Events!!
2019 Student Showcase
A great time was had at the 2019 student showcase! Again combining with the Macquarie University HDR Student Showcase Conference, the presentations were are of an excellent standard. The student grant award winners were:
Chanah Wainer – Regional secondary school consolidation reforms for equity and excellence.
Keiko Bostwick - Expanding the Knowledge Base of Growth Constructs: An Analysis of Students Growth Mindset, Growth Goals, and their Underlying Growth Orientation.
Annette Gainsford (CSU) - Embedding Indigenous Knowledges in the Design of Higher Education Curriculum: An International Study in Law Education.
Kate Eastman (MQ) – Teacher mental health awareness and professional practice: An exploration of self-reported teacher understanding and practice regarding childhood trauma.
Prof Carmel Cefi gave
2019 Wyndham Address with Heart: Education with Heart
Professor Carmel Cefai delivered a compelling 2020 Wyndham on addressing student disadvantage, bringing an international perspective on a universal challenge. The NSW IER is appreciative of the world class contribution he made to the Wyndham Address. Carmal is the Director of the European Centre for Educational Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, Head of the Department of Psychology, and Associate Professor at the University of Malta.He is joint founding honorary chair of the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence (ENSEC), founding co–editor of the International Journal of Emotional Education, and associate editor of the International Journal Emotional Behaviour Difficulties. Carmel’s research interests include educational resilience, mental health, and social, emotional and behaviour difficulties in children and young people. He coordinates various research projects including risk and resilience in
Maltese schools and leads two international projects on the promotion of mental health and resilience in schools.
The 2020 Wyndham Address will be delivered by Professor Pasi Sahlberg from UNSW.
What a Day!
Student Research Showcase Conference was a top opportunity for Education HDR students to present their research, held on
19th November, Macquarie University. Four students had their projects judged worthy of student research grants!
further details click here
2019 Student Showcase is on Monday November 18th. For more information and to register, click here
A great night had by all!
Sir Harold Wyndham Memorial Lecture & NSWIER 90 year celebration Dinner
Scientia Professor Andrew Martin
Associate Professor Ken Sinclair
28 November 2018 UNSW
for further details and great pics click here