Case Study: South Australian Department for Education and Child Development - Learning to Learn and Teaching for Effective Learning


The client was concerned to identify the essentials of effective school improvement and latter with the relationship between teacher quality, learner engagement and higher order learner outcomes. Incept Labs provided research support over more than one decade to gather rigorous evidence about these relationships. This was pioneering work which led to the development of methods for measuring quality of practice associated with higher order learning outcomes for students and predictors of deep engagement in learning. It also broke ground in identifying the major predictors of differences in teacher practice – locating this in the beliefs and assumptions teachers hold about knowledge and learning. Some of the findings of this work have been published in international education research journals. Other publications are pending. Key findings were also presented to a Federal Government parliamentary enquiry into school improvement and to then Prime Minister.

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