Developing a School Improvement Tool

Location: Brighton, Melbourne VIC

Duration:  3 months

Keywords: Clinical teaching, evidence based teaching, implementation science, school improvement, best practice

Please note: Due to funding requirements, students must have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency to apply for this internship. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will automatically be deemed ineligible for this project.

Project Background

The aim of this project is to analyse the key drivers of school (K-12 school) performance and how these drivers are reported back to schools to improve educational outcomes (student learning, financial and cultural). The key outcome of this project is a draft version of a school improvement tool that will be used to create measurements to track school performance.

Research to be Conducted

In this research project, the intern will firstly examine the school improvement research to identify current best practice. Following this, key areas of school performance based on the literature will be selected and a scale developed to test. Should time permit the intern will undertake testing on the scale of this tool.

Skills Required

For this project, we are looking for PhD students with:

  • Understanding of evidence based practice as it relates to K-12 education in Australia
  • Some understanding of using data to drive changes to instructional practice
  • A familiarity with the idea of clinical teaching practice

Expected Outcomes

The outcome of this project is to produce a school improvement tool.

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of the project time on-site with the industry partner. The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

To participate in the APR.Intern program, all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a PhD student currently enrolled at an Australian University.
  • PhD candidature must be confirmed.
  • Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to undertake the internship. This approval must be submitted at the time of application.
  • Have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency.
  • Internships are also subject to any requirements stipulated by the student’s and the academic mentor’s university.
Applications Close

 25 February 2018

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