About the Organisation

The Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) was established by the Australian Catholic University in 2014 as an interdisciplinary research institute, under the direction of Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith, Professor of Educational Assessment and Literacy. We identify as a community of scholars who share a passion to identify, examine and remove barriers to learning and wellbeing.

Our aims are to advance and create new knowledge and understanding, to improve the life chances for children and young people, to make a difference to their futures. Our research is vigorous, socially engaged and ethically committed to improving outcomes for children, teachers and the wider community. With a team of eminent researchers and international scholars, we engage with national and international partners on projects in six interconnecting research concentrations.


The research concentration,

Assessment, Evaluation and Student Learning
is leading the RICA Conference.



Our other research concentrations are: Learner Diversity and Reforming Classroom Practices; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education; Early Childhood Futures; Educational Semiotics in English and Literacy Pedagogy; Teacher Education, Quality and Professional Practice.

Research projects span diverse fields and contexts, including community outreach, education, hospitals, policy, economics, and law. A priority focus is connecting research with policy and practice. We achieve this by providing a forum for researchers, scholars, policy-makers and practitioners to collaborate and share evidence-based knowledge to address barriers to achievement and learning engagement, and through activities such as the RICA Conference.

We also work to foster a rich and dynamic research culture for higher degree research students and post-doctoral researchers affiliated with projects in our areas of research concentration.

For more information




Tel: +61 (0)7 3806 1220
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