The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) works towards excellent and equitable outcomes for all children and young people by advancing an evidence-based education system.
What is evidence?
Evidence is any type of information that supports an assertion, hypothesis or claim. There are many types of evidence in education, including insights drawn from child or student assessments, classroom observations, recommendations from popular education books and findings from research studies and syntheses. AERO refers to two types of evidence in its work:
- research evidence: academic research, such as causal research or synthesis research, which uses rigorous methods to provide insights into educational practice.
- practitioner-generated evidence: evidence generated by practitioners through their daily practice (e.g. teacher observations, information gained from formative or summative assessments or insights from student feedback on teacher practices).
How AERO uses evidence
AERO generates and makes high-quality evidence accessible to support and enhance the use of evidence in Australian education.
AERO does this by both conducting primary research and by reviewing, collating and synthesising existing high-quality evidence and translating it into easy-to-understand guidance.
AERO is looking to advance the national conversation around evidence use in education, by connecting educators and teachers to quality evidence and by researching how it is used in practice. The aim is to further develop Australia’s common understanding about education evidence and to promote effective use of evidence to improve outcomes.