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Research in education is crucial to improving education standards, including curriculum development and reform, and increasing the quality of teaching, particularly when tailoring education to meet the unique needs of learners.

Curtin has a strong history of education research, and is ranked in the top 100 in the world for education in the 2016 QS World Rankings by Subject.


The Education research theme explores a range of specialist education topics such as learning environments, sustainability in education, leadership, applied linguistics, second-language acquisition, early and higher education, Indigenous education, art and visual learning, and educational psychology.

STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) are also a critical area of research interest in Australia and globally. Curtin has significant research expertise in this area, with our STEM Education Group enjoying a national and international reputation for excellence.

Current research projects

There are many research projects underway within this theme. Some examples include:

  • teaching methods for intellectual disability
  • learning through drawing
  • promotion of STEM subjects
  • robotics in education
  • actual versus perceived literacy skills
  • immersive virtual learning environments
  • education and gender
  • World Englishes and translanguaging
  • Indigenous knowledge systems
  • motivation, engagement and resilience in teaching.

Though only a selection of projects has been listed here, Curtin is interested to discuss any research topic relating to education.