Dr John Ainley is Deputy CEO (Researcher) of the Australian Council for Educational
Research and Research Director of its National and International Surveys Program. 

His research interests span several areas. His research on post-compulsory education and
training has involved analyses of the progress of young people in Australia through
school, further education, training and work, studies of influences on subject choice in
the senior secondary years and the progress of students through the senior secondary
years. Dr Ainley used longitudinal research methods to study the development of literacy
over the first five years of school. His research on information and communication
technology in education has encompassed case studies of innovative teaching and learning
practices in schools and a national survey of ICT literacy in Australian schools. He has
surveyed in the East Asia and Pacific region to assess knowledge needs and access to the
global development learning network. 

Dr Ainley is a member of the Education and Training Statistics Advisory Group of the
Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Consortium Advisory Group for the Longitudinal Study
of Australian Children and the Youth Advisory Group for the Australian Institute of
Health and Welfare. He is editor of the Australian Journal of Education and a member of
the editorial boards of Education Research and Evaluation and the Education Research
Review. He was a member of a group that conducted a national study of the impact of
educational research. He has been a visiting scholar at the Far West Laboratory for
Educational Research in San Francisco and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. 

[ NOTE: A full list of publications is available in the Curriculum Vitae attached.]

Articles (Refereed)

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Measuring young people’s understanding of civics and citizenship in a cross-national study. (with Wolfram Schulz and Julian Fraillon), Educational Psychology (2013)
 

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A cultural perspective on the structure of student interest in science (with Mary Ainley), International Journal of Science Education (2011)
 

Books

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ICCS 2009 Encyclopedia : Approaches to civic and citizenship education around the world (with Wolfram Schulz and Tim Friedman), Civics and Citizenship Assessment (2013)
 

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ICCS 2009 Asian report : civic knowledge, attitudes, and engagement among lower secondary students in five Asian countries (with Julian Fraillon and Wolfram Schulz), Civics and Citizenship Assessment (2012)
 

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ICCS 2009 Latin American Report : civic knowledge and attitudes among lower-secondary students in six Latin American countries (with Wolfram Schulz, Tim Friedman, and Petra Lietz), Civics and Citizenship Assessment (2011)
 

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ICCS 2009 Technical Report (with Wolfram Schulz and Julian Fraillon), Civics and Citizenship Assessment (2011)
 

Contributions to Books

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Children’s numeracy skills (with Galina Daraganova), The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Annual Statistical Report 2011 (2012)
 

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Technological issues for computer-based assessment (with Beno Csapó, Randy E. Bennett, Thibaud Latour, and Nancy Law), Assessment and teaching of 21st century skills (2012)
 

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Enhancing education (with Sheldon Rothman, David Slattery, and Sarah Buckley), Northern Territory emergency response : evaluation report 2011 (2011)
 

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Overview of the IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (with Wolfram Schulz), ICCS 2009 Technical Report (2011)
 
The Contribution of IEA Research Studies to Australian Education (with John P. Keeves, Jan Lokan, Petra Lietz, Geoff N. Masters, and Sue Thomson), IEA 1958-2008: 50 years of experiences and memories (2011)
 

Articles

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Informing policy and practice, Research Developments (2013)
 

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Influences on children’s numeracy skills, Research Developments (2013)
 
ICT literacy on target, Teacher (2010)
 

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What can Australian students do with computers?, Research Developments (2010)
 

Unpublished Papers

Subject choice in years 11 and 12 (with Lyn Robinson, Adrian Beavis, Gerald Elsworth, and M Fleming), Adrian Beavis (1994)
 

Conference Papers and Presentations

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Session E - Perspectives on Quality and Equity from Large-Scale Assessment Studies (with Eveline Gebhardt), ACER Research Conference 2014 - Quality and Equity: What does research tell us? (2014)
 

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Session J - Lessons for improvement from international comparative studies, 2012 ACER Research Conference - School Improvement : What does research tell us about effective strategies? (2012)
 

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The role of civic participation in national and school curricula (with Tim Friedman), Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) (2012)
 
The measurement and determinants of growth in receptive vocabulary (with Sheldon Rothman and Kylie Hillman), Growing Up in Australia: Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Research Conference (2007)
 
Differences in science teaching and learning across Australian states, Second IEA International Research Conference : proceedings of the IRC-2006: volume 1 : Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) (2007)
 

Reports

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Preparing for Life in a Digital Age: the IEA International Computer and Information Literacy Study International Report (with Julian Fraillon, Wolfram Schulz, Tim Friedman, and Eveline Gebhardt), ICT - Digital Literacy (2014)
 

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Measure for measure : a review of outcomes of school education in Australia (with Eveline Gebhardt), Assessment and Reporting Projects (2013)
 

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National assessment program : ICT literacy technical report (with Eveline Gebhardt, Julian Fraillon, Wolfram Schulz, Kate O'Malley, Chris Freeman, and Martin Murphy), National Sample Assessment of ICT Literacy (2012)
 

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National Assessment Program : ICT Literacy Years 6 and 10 report 2011 (with Julian Fraillon, Eveline Gebhardt, and Wolfram Schulz), National Sample Assessment of ICT Literacy (2012)