We are a community of researchers who address critical questions to develop and provide practical and readily implementable solutions to problems of professional practice, learning and education. With members from the University's three Faculties (Arts & Education; Science; Business, Justice & Behavioural Sciences), we are renowned for our distinctive interdisciplinary expertise and our skill in creating and sustaining mutually beneficial collaborations. We are committed to research that, in the local Wiradjuri language, contributes to yindyamarra winhangha-nha (the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in). Working within this philosophy, we engage with communities to tackle problems in diverse contexts, including educational contexts from birth to adulthood, the health professions (including allied health and nursing) and information literacy. Through collaboration, we conduct world class research that is informed by, and informs, policy and practice locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. We articulate the impact of our engagement in the communities we serve.
Our research program consists of four interconnected strands:
Charles Sturt University has announced the appointment of a national leader and senior executive from the not-for-profit sector to one of its six research centres.
Professor Jennifer Sumsion, Director of RIPPLE and CSU Foundation Professor of Early Childhood Education, said Dr Dianne Jackson has been appointed to the role of Deputy Director of RIPPLE (Collaborations, Regional Engagement, Impact). Dr Jackson is the CEO of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) and begins her RIPPLE appointment in early July.
Professor Sumsion said, "This is a very exciting appointment for the University and we are very fortunate to have Dr Jackson join us. Dr Jackson is very highly regarded by senior figures around the nation and across the fields of health, human services, education, and policy for her very successful leadership of ARACY and advocacy for children, families and young people. She has exceptional skills, experience and networks, and she also brings a respected insider/outsider perspective having created significant linkages between research, policy and professional practice. This combination will help us 'grow' RIPPLE."
A new study led by RIPPLE researchers Associate Professor Frances Press, Professor Linda Harrison and Dr Sandie Wong will define what it means to be an excellent early childhood educator.
The Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project was announced on Friday 6 May 2016 by the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham MP. The workforce study, Exemplary early childhood educators at work: a multi-level investigation, will receive ARC funding of $355,000.
The study is designed to help ease the shortage of early childhood educators and ensure those entering the profession are better prepared for the complexity of the work. It will documenting the work, skills and knowledge of exemplary educators to inform teacher preparation and professional development.
We live in an international context where there is an increased scrutiny into many dimensions of professional practice, education and learning, including: how professionals make decisions, the knowledge bases they draw upon to do so and the ways in which research informs their practice on an everyday basis; their continuing professional development and learning and the outcomes of their practice for learning, development and wellbeing, as well as broader community and societal outcomes.
RIPPLE acknowledges the range of research approaches and methodologies requisite to quality enquiry into such complex phenomena as professional practice and learning. The membership of RIPPLE is comprised of people from across a range of professional backgrounds with an extensive collective skill base. Additionally, RIPPLE researchers include high profile members with skills in research and program design and evaluation. We look forward to interacting with you and your organization in addressing these complex and vitally important areas of endeavour.