New horizons for education research in Queensland

University research projects to study playing and learning in nature in early childhood education, post-secondary transitions, and teacher mentoring will share in close to $1 million of Queensland education grants.

Education Minister Grace Grace today announced 12 successful projects to receive Education Horizon grants for high-quality early childhood and school education research.

“The Palaszczuk Governments wants to give Queensland kids a great start to their lives by providing them with the best possible education,” Ms Grace said.

“The Education Horizon grants scheme supports research which opens up new horizons for best practice in early childhood and school education.

“The ultimate aim is to improve teaching and learning outcomes for Queensland children and students.

“I congratulate the 12 successful applicants who have received funding from five top Queensland universities.

“The applications received this year were of a particularly high standard and the successful projects will receive funding for research spanning up to two years.

“Some projects focus on areas such as teaching diverse learners and factors affecting long-term achievement of students with autism spectrum disorder.

“Others focus on regulatory practice in early childhood education and care, and the impact of illness on educational outcomes.”

Applicants were assessed against specified criteria, including eight priority research areas identified by the Department of Education, and winners were selected by a panel of experts including an external academic advisor.

Ms Grace said the Queensland Government was committed to leading the way in supporting educational research.

“Queensland is fortunate to have such an excellent research grant scheme to help support our focus on delivering a world-class education system,” she said.

For more information about the Education Horizons grants program, please go to


Sponsor organisation

Research project

Queensland University of Technology

Empowering global learners - A teacher-as-researcher approach Grant – $69,254

Understanding School Improvement in Queensland: Developing a Program Theory. Grant – $52,361

Using students' home languages to promote learning in high stakes secondary education: Pedagogical guidelines for teachers in culturally and linguistically diversifying regional and rural areas. Grant – $34,910

Distributed leadership in family day care: Challenge, change and opportunities. Grant – $148,069 (over 2 years)

The University of Queensland

The when, what, and how of observing and assessing practice in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC): Towards an observational framework for Queensland’s Authorised Officers. Grant – $88,000

Healthy Transition Navigators: fostering students’ learning and wellbeing to promote positive post-secondary transitions into higher education learning environments. Grant – $46,077

Impact of life-threatening illness on education outcomes in Queensland children – A population-based study to identify risk factors and pathways to intervention. Grant – $72,539

Griffith University

Makerspaces for teachers as writers: A dialogic approach to teacher learning that impacts P-10 students' writing outcomes. Grant – $47,614

Deadly Gaming!! Can a culture-based technological intervention which targets the whole child, improve the results of Indigenous students in an urban Brisbane State school?  Grant – $88,600

Engaging teachers across the career span: Improving the retention and engagement of teachers through mentoring in schools. Grant – $146,163 (over 2 years)

Southern Cross University

Mapping Scientific Concepts through Nature Play in Early Childhood Education: Achieving Excellence in STEM through Evidence-Based Pedagogies. Grant – $88,725

Australian Catholic University

Factors that impact on long-term achievement and retention for students with autism spectrum disorder in Queensland government schools: Evidence from administrative data. Grant – $84,540

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