The School of Education is a vibrant hub of energetic, passionate and knowledgeable staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and doctoral candidates committed to quality studies in the discipline of Education.
The School of Education was established in 2014 as an individual School within the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering, reflecting the growth of Education programs and associated research within the University since 2005. USC boasts over 2,000 graduates with initial bachelor and higher degrees in Education.
The School has an established history in the region, extending from the north of Brisbane through the Sippy Downs campus to Gympie and further north to the new Fraser Coast campus. Many public and independent schools throughout this large region closely align to the University by providing mentoring for our pre-service teachers.
The School has a strong team of academic staff and a range of administrative and support staff who serve to enhance students’ course and program experience through provision of program management, student management, research training and school/centre liaison.
Education programs include four-year degrees in primary education, early childhood education, secondary education, double degrees in secondary education, end-on postgraduate education, a Master’s degree in education and an active PhD program.
In 2016, the Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies started in the school, and it provides a vocational pathway for aspiring health and physical education teachers, outdoor educators, sports coaches, outdoor recreation leaders and nature guides.
School objectives include sustaining the University’s five-star ranking for learning and teaching, enhancing blended learning opportunities, increasing research capacity and research outputs in fields of education and in cross-disciplinary contexts and extending engagement with regional schools, throughout the Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Fraser Coast districts.
The School of Education researches Education across a wide range of contexts (including home, early childhood, compulsory school years, senior secondary, higher education, professional education, community and adult learning). We are committed to building a community of research scholars and generating new knowledge about the political, social, environmental, cultural, historical, philosophical and psychological ramifications of Education theory, policy, pedagogy and practice. The School of Education hosts the Indigenous and Transcultural Research Centre at USC and has seven broad research strengths.
Our shared vision is of a vibrant, energetic research community where staff and HDR students all contribute to the richness of the School of Education’s research culture.
Indigenous and Transcultural Research Centre
The School of Education hosts the new Indigenous and Transcultural Research Centre at USC. The Indigenous and Transcultural Research Centre (ITRC) proudly partners with Indigenous, migrant, refugee and culturally diverse communities to deliver impactful research nationally and internationally that seeks to improve the lives and wellbeing of First Nations and culturally diverse peoples in Australia and around the globe.
The ITRC explores three research themes:
- Building Knowledge Systems: Building recognition and engagement with Indigenous, Southern, Eastern and other knowledge systems
- Creative Cultural Practices: To revive, document and extend the languages, educational and social and creative cultural practices through transdisciplinary explorations of poetry, art, music, dance, and other creative forms
- Community Capacity Engagement: To exchange knowledge and to enhance communities’ aspirations, research and practical skills and capacities
Research in the School of Education is conducted in an interdisciplinary field underpinned by four foundation disciplines – Philosophy, History, Sociology and Psychology.
Our research is located in seven broad categories or research strengths (listed below) where there are synergies and connections across these boundaries. We particularly contribute our work to FOR codes 1302 (Curriculum and Pedagogy) and 1303 (Specialist Studies in Education).
Research in, on and about teacher education and professional learning
Curriculum and Assessment
Design, review and analyse theories and approaches to designing and evaluating teaching and learning
Environmental Sustainability and Outdoor Education
Exploring human-nature relationships and approaches to facilitating environmental sustainability
Educational Psychology and Wellbeing
How people learn, and how resilience and wellbeing can be fostered
Community and Regional Education
Building capacity within and across communities and regions
Voice, Identity and Marginalisation
Committed to social justice, inclusion and active participation
Educational Policy and Leadership
Exploring the experience of leadership, and policy-(re)formation in education