Adelaide Research Institute Launches

Adelaide Research Institute Launches

Launching today on October 26, 2020, the Adelaide Research Institute (ARI) is a new centre dedicated to teachers’ professional learning and to research and innovation in education.

Set up as an independent centre to support educators’ study of language in literacy and numeracy in schools, universities and institutes, ARI will also conduct teacher professional learning in curriculum development, pedagogy and assessment and support collaboration between researchers, curriculum developers and teachers with resources and networks across systems, institutions and continents.

Opened by South Australia Minister for Education, Hon. John Gardner MP, ARI will have a focus on both academic research and student learning offering domestic and international students the internationally recognised Graduate Diploma of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

“I congratulate Adelaide Education Group on the launch of the Adelaide Research Institute, which will further enhance South Australia’s global reputation as a leader in quality research,” Minister Gardner said.

Inaugural Director of ARI, Dr. Peter Mickan shared, “Adelaide Research Institute is an investment in Australian students’ language and literacy across the curriculum, in teacher education based on the centrality of language in education.”

“We educate with language and so through the Adelaide Research Institute, we extend South Australia’s internationally recognised research in literacy and numeracy and apply it to curriculum design and pedagogy” Dr. Mickan said.

ARI welcomes teachers, researchers from all sectors of education to send expressions of interest to become active members and conduct research into language in education across the curriculum with more information found at

ARI joins Adelaide International School (AIS), Adelaide Institute of Business & Technology (AIBT) and Adelaide Institute of Higher Education (AIHE) as a member of the Adelaide Education Group (AEG).

AEG was established in 2009 as Adelaide Institute of Business and Technology and has since grown into a comprehensive learning ecosystem with education pathways from school to higher education and beyond.

The launch was held at AEG’s main campus on Level 4 of the Renaissance building in Rundle Mall as well as online for international and interstate guests who were unable to be present due to COVID restrictions.

Also launched at the event was The Routledge Handbook of Language Education Curriculum Design (editors Peter Mickan and Ilona Wallace) with authors in South America, Europe, ASEAN region and in different sites in Australia. The edited collection of essays report innovation and curriculum designs for different purposes and contexts.

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