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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1590

Mr Hayden (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

(1)   Can he say which universities in Australia have established an educational research unit.

(2)   If so, when were those units established.

(3)   What has been their budget each year during their operation.

(4)   Can he give a general indication of the research undertaken during each year of operation.

(5)   Have any other universities indicated an Intention of establishing educational research units.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) The following universities in Australia have established educational research units or units which, although differing somewhat in title and objectives, perform some of the functions that are performed by educational research units:

University of Sydney,, 1969 University of New South Wales, 1961 University of New England, 1960 Macquarie University, 1967 University of Melbourne, 1958-59 Monash University, 1969 University of Western Australia, 1969 Australian National University, 1968

(3)   Details of the budgets for all these units are not available but the budgets for the years 1969 and 1970 as supplied by some of the universities concerned are as follows:


The University of New England expects that the activities of its educational research unit will cost approximately, $17,000 in 1971.

No personnel have yet been appointed to the Educational Research Unit at the University of Sydney.

(4)   One of the main purposes of educational research units is to improve the teaching effectiveness of academic staff. Apart from this, the research undertaken includes studies in the following:

Equality of educational opportunity. Recruiting to the teaching profession. Medical Students: Efficiency of university education. Economics of Education.

Problems of development in a system of higher education. Costs and benefits in Australian education.

Research of University Entrance Examinations and entrants. Causal factors - personal, institutional and environmental - underlying student failure and wastage.

Development of new teaching methods and teaching aids, e.g. closed circuit television, tape-slide combinations.

Techniques of examining students. Study, of exclusion policies for unsatisfactory progress.

(5)   Yes - several other universities are planning to introduce educational research units or teaching units within the next few years.

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