Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE)

Australian Catholic University

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Our research builds evidence-based knowledge and identifies solutions that improve learning and quality of life for all people, especially those experiencing inequity, disadvantage, on the margins and at risk. A national research institute hosting a team of eminent researchers and international scholars undertaking funded research studies with a range of government and industry partners. We prioritise connecting our research with policy and practice. We achieve this by providing a forum for researchers, scholars, policy-makers and practitioners to collaborate and share evidence-based knowledge to enhance quality teaching and learning.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in education
  • Assessment, evaluation and student learning
  • Learning, learning diversity and reforming classroom practices
  • Role of play-based learning in building young children’s knowledge
  • Teacher education, quality and professional practice
  • Educational semiotics in English and literacy pedagogy
  • The cognitive foundations of early educational skills

Number of research staff

Up to 20 research staff


Cathedral House, Level 4, 229 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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