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The University of Newcastle's School of Education is home to the Centre for the Study of Research Training and Innovation (SORTI).
SORTI members have their gaze firmly fixed on the future capacity, learning needs, learning trajectories and well-rounded and ethical development of tomorrow's knowledge leaders. This is captured in their new research program: Research Training and Transformational Knowledge.
PhD and Masters by Research students will benefit from a supportive network of leading researchers who draw on a well-established evidence base to undertake theoretical and applied work in higher education and the professions.
SORTI also boasts strong collaborative links with researchers nationally and internationally including universities in UK, Hong Kong and USA.
Our researchers publish a significant proportion of their research in top quality international refereed journals.
Members of SORTI have held 10 Australian Research Council (ARC) grants (Discovery and Linkage) in the past 10 years, as well as consultancies with Industry and Government departments.
Research proposals are invited in the following areas:
SORTI members have expertise in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research, learning theory, STEM and the education, social sciences and humanities fields.
Our recent research has utilised, questionnaire design and delivery (including specially designed online web formats), individual and focus group interviews, and large data set analyses. The group has particular expertise in the use of SPSS quantitative software and QSR N.Vivo qualitative software.
Before you apply, contact a supervisor for discussion on possible research projects. This will allow you to frame your proposal to align with established disciplines and areas of supervisor capacity.
There are a number of research projects being undertaken by graduate students in the area of Research Training and Transformational Knowledge at Newcastle. Take a look some of the current topics: