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17th March 2011

Mobile Preschool researchers Georgie Nutton, Johanna Bell and Julie Fraser presented a paper at the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI), January 2011 in Limassol, Cyprus. Our paper outlined the focus of the Mobile Preschool evaluation, key design features and challenges.
The aims of the ICSEI 2011 included:
•    linking research, policy and practice to promote quality in education
•    enhancing communication between teachers and researchers and
•    demonstrating that policy makers and practitioners can be direct producers of knowledge in association with researchers.
We will present areas of enquiry from the congress which may be important to researchers, practitioners and policy makers interested in mixed methods studies, dealing with complexity. Particular research studies that will be highlighted include:
•    a 10 years of a 20 year reform program of Maths teaching and learning in Indonesia,
•    professional learning communities in various international contexts,
•    the International Teacher leadership project involving 15 countries throughout Europe which “aims to build capacities within schools for teacher-led school development” utilising action research methodology.
Papers from the conference can be found at:

Georgie Nutton came to Menzies on secondment from the Department of Education and Training. She has a long history of early childhood classroom practice, NT system level program management and policy contributions at the NT and national levels.
Johanna Bell has a background in program evaluation and project management. She has worked in the area of Indigenous and multicultural social research for the last 5 years and has a particular interest in collaborative evaluation and research transfer.
Julie Fraser has worked as a nurse/midwife and teacher, most recently as a teacher linguist at Maningrida School. She is interested in further collaborative research projects in these areas and is beginning a Masters by research in 2011.