Realising the potential of Australia’s high capacity students
This project, known as REAP, involves exploration of the trend of students in the upper quartile of student achievement not showing learning gains at the same rate as their peers.
Previous research conducted by the Assessment Research Centre found that there is a 'flat-line' of achievement levels of high ability students across all grade levels that needs to be addressed by direct intervention and analysis (Care, Griffin, Zhang & Hutchinson, 2014). These findings reflect similar findings internationally, pointing to evidence that overall gain levels in student achievement are being enhanced by rapid gains of students in the lower ability range. This project examines and identifies strategies and organisational features of teaching that address the issue, such that all students achieve appropriate growth trajectories that reflect their learning potential.
Care, E., Griffin, P., Zhang, Z., & Hutchinson, D. (2014). Large-scale testing and its contribution to learning. In C. Wyatt-Smith, V. Klenowski, and P. Colbert (Eds.), Designing Assessment for Quality Learning : The Enabling Power of Assessment Volume 1. Dordrecht: Springer.
October 2014 - December 2017
This research is supported under the Australian Research Council's Linkage Projects funding scheme (LP140100236, Realising the Potential of Australia's High Capacity Students), in partnership with the State of Victoria as represented by the Department of Education and Training.
- Emeritus Professor Patrick Griffin, Chief Investigator
- Dr Elvira Vacirca, Partner Investigator, Department of Education and Training, Victoria
- Dr Susan-Marie Harding, Research Manager
- Dr Monjurul Alom, Programmer
- Narelle English, Research Fellow and doctoral candidate
Research Higher Degree Students
- Amy Berry, Masters in Education
- Nives Nibali, PhD in Education
Master of Educational Psychology Research Project Students
- Carol Dawn Kirkman
- Susan Glencross
- Natalie Stokes
- Melissa Wong
- Yvette Elorm Zevon