Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education
RIPPLE is a multi-disciplinary research centre that conducts high-quality applied research and consultation in the field of professional practice and implications for professional learning and education. Within this broad rubric, central concerns are issues of epistemology, quality, responsibility and the development of intra and inter disciplinary communities of practice.
Through its research and development work, the Institute enhances practice in a range of professions and fields including education, health and professional practice by influencing practice and practice education.
Message from the Director - Professor Tom Lowrie:
We live in an international context where there is an increased scrutiny into many dimensions of professional practice: 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. This focus, alongside an increasing awareness of the need for organisations to invest in their human resource through carefully planned continuing professional development, serves as a basis for RIPPLE.
RIPPLE is multidisciplinary in orientation and 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, the key research team of the Centre includes high profile members with skills in research and program design and evaluation. We look forward to interacting with you and your organization in addressing this complex, yet rewarding area of endeavour.