The Centre for Educational Research at Western Sydney University continues to conduct high quality and important research on a wide range of educational issues. This has been a particularly challenging year with the global pandemic necessitating significant change in how we work and how we engage with our research partners. Researchers in the Centre for Educational Research have demonstrated great resilience and persistence by redesigning research projects and rethinking strategies for largely remote data collection and dissemination. While the pandemic poses challenges for conducting research, it also raises new educational challenges requiring our attention, particularly in relation to remote, blended and virtual learning spaces, and how these may impact on diverse groups of learners.
This year researchers at the Centre for Educational Research have been working with a range of partners across our five key activity streams.
In the Centre for Educational Research we endeavour to: 1. Innovate learning
2. Empower educators
3. Cultivate healthy learners
4. Advocate for social justice and inclusion
5. Evaluate educational initiatives
Across these streams we are working with a wide range of partners to achieve better educational outcomes regionally, for the people of Western Sydney, as well as nationally and internationally. The wide ranging research detailed in Vision Unlimited: Educational Research @WSU 2020 speaks to the deep expertise with the Centre for Educational Research and our capacity to work productively with our significant research partners. I hope you enjoy reading about our work in 2020. We welcome new partnerships and new ways to engage with our stakeholders to improve education for all learners.
Professor Kathryn Holmes
Director, Centre for Educational Research