2020 WAIER Online Research Forum

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WAIER invites individuals wishing to attend the 2020 WAIER Online Forum In Pursuit of Justice: Education practice and research for change. This will be an online forum using Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to you upon registration.

A keynote presentation by David Ansell will be given followed by a panel discussion session with educators and researchers to discuss the opportunities that have arisen during Covid19.

The Long Bow Between Educational Research and a More Equitable and Just Society

David Ansell, Telethon Kids Institute

There are a number of common assumptions that we hold. These are that:

  • educational research will influence educational policy;
  • evidence based educational policy will improve student outcomes;
  • improved student outcomes will result in better life outcomes for children from low income families; and
  • better life outcomes for children from low income families will result in a more equitable and just society.

David Ansell’s response to each of these assumptions is ‘sometimes’ or ‘maybe’. This presentation will look at educational research from the perspective of politicians, policymakers and life course researchers. It will provide insights into how decisions are made regarding educational policy and practice. It will make the case that doing the research is not enough, and that researchers should participate intelligently in the political and policy process if they want to contribute to a more equitable and just society.

About David

David has worked as a teacher, Principal, leader in the not-for-profit sector and senior public servant. A focus of his work has been addressing disadvantage through education, youth at risk, early childhood services and public sector management. David is currently employed by the Telethon Kids Institute as Co-Director of CoLab, established through a partnership between the Telethon Kids Institute and the Minderoo Foundation. CoLab’s mission is to bring together evidence with policy and practice to improve the development and learning of children.


The Western Australian Institute for Educational Research was established in the 1980s for the purpose of promoting and disseminating new educational research generated, for the most part, here in Western Australia. Visit WAIER at


Our thanks to Teachers Mutual Bank for sponsoring this event.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Fiona Boylan

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