This area builds on UTS’ worldwide renown research on adult, workplace and professional learning. We conduct practice-driven and practice-oriented research in diverse settings and with a wide range of partners. We work with communities, industry, health service providers, schools, tertiary educational institutions, and others.
Our research is informed by a view that professional work is becoming ever-more complex, often changing rapidly, and increasingly demanding for those involved. Ongoing learning is a key part of professional work, and we investigate how this learning happens, what are its impacts and effects, and how practices can be improved.
Recent studies have addressed numerous topics including new technologies, changing relationships between professionals and clients, interprofessional work, and innovative approaches to formal professional learning.
UTS researchers in this area draw on a wide range of theories and methodologies. A hallmark of our approach is the close relationship between scholarly research and real-world issues, which help us deliver both new discoveries and practical outcomes that make a tangible difference on the ground.
- Work-readiness for adolescents with intellectual disabilities
- Collaborative action research with health professionals and families of children with complex feeding difficulties, including a sub-project working with Nepalese families to develop new resources in Nepali language
- Multi-state research on effective practices to support parents of children at risk
- Food pedagogies
- High Possibility Classrooms
- Collective learning in a multicultural health service
- The RAAF project