Research overview

About this resource

This module focuses on learning about the research that contributed towards the Life Ed suite of resources. This learning will enable you to talk to students about why it is important to engage in transition activities and how these activities can help in other areas of life. You will consider what school transition implies, and be introduced to what Australian students identified as important during the move from primary to secondary education.

The following text is a summary of the literature review, environmental scan, and Student Forums project conducted in 2020-21 by ACER (Sniedze-Gregory, Felgate, O'Grady, Buckley, & Lietz, 2021). Full report.

Teachers will learn about what the research literature says regarding school transition and the student perspective of school transition. This will provide grounding in the:

  • theory that will support teacher understanding of the impact of school transition, and
  • knowledge of how Australian students have responded to the challenge of school transition.

This knowledge and understanding will assist teachers in developing and extending classroom and parent and carer activities to suit their own context.

Sessions include content knowledge that is important for teachers to know and understand and is aligned to the AITSL standards, as well as relevant research and associated professional learning activities.

By the end of this professional learning module, you will be familiar with: 

  • the student factors and outcomes that are impacted by and across the transition process;
  • the importance of explicitly supporting students through their school transition period; and
  • the importance of a coherent approach to transition, including students, parents and carers, and schools involved.

1.1 – Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical, social, and intellectual development and characteristics of students and how these may affect learning.

3.6 – Evaluate and improve teaching programs

Demonstrate broad knowledge of strategies that can be used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning.

4.1 – Support student participation

Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities.

4.4 – Maintain student safety

Describe strategies that support students’ wellbeing and safety working within school and/or system, curriculum and legislative requirements.

6.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice

Understand the relevant and appropriate sources of professional learning for teachers.

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