CEI is working with Evidence For
Learning on a three-year project that aims to improve both the way that
research is used in Australian schools and how schools’ use of evidence is
Project GEMS aims to address the
imbalance between the strong desire of educators to use high quality, relevant
research and the practical difficulties in accessing and implementing it in
practice. It will explore the key characteristics of evidence use in schools by
investigating the experiences of schools participating in a selection of
professional learning models in Victoria and New South Wales.
CEI has been engaged by Evidence
For Learning to implement the research framework developed specifically for
Project GEMS by Monash University. This will involve carrying out fieldwork in
approximately 30 schools, and reporting on findings in a user-friendly way.
The output of Project GEMS –
both the Monash University framework for evaluating evidence as well as an
insights paper prepared by CEI on the lessons that emerge from the project –
will be made freely available by Evidence for Learning, in order to improve the
broader education sector’s understanding of the effectiveness of the use of
research evidence and to pave the way to identify and address enablers and
barriers for future work in this area.