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Pedagogical Laboratory for Education

Our research

The Pedagogical Laboratory for Education is an Australian first research group that is a central hub for the collection, analysis and dissemination of best practices research in the area of teaching and learning.

In physical education the main goal is to teach people so they become a lifelong mover, that's a hard thing to assessbut in 20 years hopefully we will see the number of people engaging in a variety of physical activities increase. 

My name is Dana Pearlman, I'm a senior lecturer, co-director of the Pedagogical Laboratory for Education. 

Pedagogical Laboratory for Education, it's a place where we wanted to have people be able to collect and analyse data based on a variety of teaching and learning settingsThose settings can involve school-based settingsthey can involve nursing settingsanywhere where education takes place. 

It's both a physical lab but it's also a virtual lab, which has the ability to go to remote settings and that's kind of one of the unique aspects of it and most of what we do is actually away from the laboratory so what it has really is a mobile setting 

Since the Pedagogical Laboratory for Education is interdisciplinary, we really looked at education holistically and as it applies to across a variety of contexts and settingsso we have individuals from nursingwe have individuals who work in university in higher educationwe have individuals who are looking at research in the area of K-12 schools 

Some of the big issues in terms of education are the experiences that students are going into. These experiences are conceptually aligned with standards or accreditation, and sometimes the variability in learning and achievements don't always match what the standards sayif we have an understanding of how we can facilitate that learning in those experiences as they align with those standards, that would provide a better learning experience for the student no matter who he or she is. 

So some ways we're trying to address those issuesor really looking at clinical placement so for example we're doing a project called recovery camp which is a clinical experience that seemed to elicit significantly higher learning outcomes than other clinical placements, and we started to ask the question what within that setting provided thatsupported that? and we're starting to delve down deeper into those settings 

Ware really noticing that the people with a limited experience of mental illness are actually becoming the teacherthey're a better resource than a textbook, they are living what these students are supposed to be learning and providing them that opportunity is something that I think can apply in other settings. 

The innovation of Pedagogical Laboratory for Education is that it is a truly interdisciplinary group that focuses on teaching and learning and professional practice, conducted within a variety of setting. With a strengths/synergy model, the research group will be able to adapt to the changing needs and issues housed under teaching and learning.


Professor Lorna Moxham

Mr Chris Patterson

Ellie Taylor – Ellie is researching the area of the influence of a program called Recovery Camp on the self-determination and personal recovery of people with a lived experience of mental illness.

Stewart Alford – Stewart is working on his PhD to study the influence of a program called Recovery Camp on the resilience and motivation of people with a lived experience of mental illness.

Anita Cregan – Anita is starting her PhD journey with a focus on understanding the influence of clinical placement pedagogy on the professional learning of undergraduate nursing students.