The University of Newcastle, Australia

Leading the way in high quality, impactful educational research.

Who we are

Established in 2013 and led by Laureate Professor Jenny Gore, the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre (TTRC) is a priority research centre of the University of Newcastle. TTRC’s core researchers are from the School of Education in the Faculty of Education and Arts.

From its beginnings with a small group of researchers and administrative staff, a recent period of expansion has seen the Centre grow to a team of more than 40, including our core researchers, a large team of professional staff to support the various projects, Quality Teaching Rounds Advisers and PhD students.

Launched in October 2020, Quality Teaching Academy translates the TTRC's research to high-quality professional development for all teachers.

Members of the UON Teachers and Teaching Research Centre

(from left to right) Back row: Lee-Anne Collins, Tim Dean, Drew Miller, Makeisha Gibb, Sally Patfield, Matthew Harper, Caitlin Field, Max Smith, Jaslyn Ladwig, Wendy Taggart,  Elena Prieto-Rodriguez, Claire Hayes. Front row: Michelle Ware, Terina Vale, Mikahlia Holmes, Felicia Jaremus, Brooker Rosser, Jenny Gore, Jess Harris, Alyce Carroll, Skye Gibson, Carole Hansen, Lloyd Bowen.

Our aims

Improve the quality of teaching and equitable opportunities for students
At the core of our work, the TTRC is concerned with driving improvement in the quality of teaching and student outcomes in all educational contexts particularly where inequities exist. Our researchers aim to increase access to higher education through understanding and nurturing students’ educational and occupational aspirations.

Enhance teacher well-being and professional engagement
Our Centre aims to promote teacher efficacy, morale and professional engagement through research activities that explore the nature and impact of teacher professional development.

Lead educational research through rigorous, innovative and multi-disciplinary studies
The TTRC brings the broad disciplinary and methodological expertise of its researchers to world-class research activities which cover the spectrum of theory development and measurement, intervention conceptualisation and testing, implementation and knowledge transfer.

Translate research findings to drive educational reform
Our researchers lead the way in translation of research findings to address issues at the forefront of national and international educational policy agendas.

Our research

TTRC conducts high quality, high impact research and research translation in the areas of:

  1. Quality Teaching and Quality Teaching Rounds
  2. Aspirations and Equity
  3. STEM Education