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Mon, 12 August 13:07 PM

Why Education Futures is the missing link

Research that makes a difference to every learner. Professor Deborah Corrigan discusses Monash University's latest think tank, Education Futures.

A new approach will help educators, policy makers and the community access world-class academic research, more efficiently and collaboratively.

Improving access to research

Accessing the latest academic research about education can be difficult for people working outside of the university sector. This is a significant issue. To tackle big policy and systemic issues, university researchers, governments, community, schools, other education institutions need to work together. Universities, and our expertise, can be missing from important conversations about what a global citizen of the twenty-first century looks like, and how we educate for this.

Responding faster to research requests

The academic world often operates at a different pace to policy makers and industry. Industry and government need answers quickly, and we have simply not been responsive enough.

At Monash, we want to change this and ensure research is truly making a difference. We have brought together a group of researchers led by our internationally recognised professors and tasked them to be across the latest issues in education.

We aim to provide advice quickly and systematically.

Bringing evidence to the table in a way that hasn’t been done before

We call this group Education Futures. It is a new think-tank made up of world-leading researchers.

It is designed to foster more dynamic collaborations between schools, government, industry and the academic world and bring evidence to the table to tackle the big issues in education.

Education Futures works as a connection point

When you collaborate with others, you can achieve something that you couldn’t achieve on your own.

Our aim is to work together to identify challenges and translate research findings into real-world outcomes.

Where there are gaps in the current research, we can facilitate discussions, host forums or undertake new research.

Our new platform

Education Futures is designed so stakeholders can access our group of experts in education, quickly.

Our core team is led by thought-leading professors, chosen not just for their expert knowledge, but also because of their track record of successfully working with partners and translating that knowledge to practical solutions.

Research should be useful. Personally, I don’t engage in research unless I think it’s beneficial to the learner. It should be making a difference and be able to be applied.

Are you ready to change the future of education?

We are interested in big, systemic issues — ones that affect every learner.

Get in touch with us to find out about the latest research findings on a particular topic.

If no research exists, we can work with you to investigate the problem and find a pathway to a solution.

Send your question to: education.futures@monash.edu

Together, we will change the future of education.

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